Release date:September 20, 2013
Studio:Cosmic Picture, Arcane Pictures
Screenwriters:Sheila Curran Bernard, Daniel Ferguson
Jerusalem: sacred to half the people on earth; fought over more than any other place in history; conquered and destroyed, rebuilt and reinvented repeatedly over 5,000 years. Now, for the first-time ever, a new 3D/2D giant screen film adventure immerses audiences in a spectacular cinematic journey—soaring high above the Holy Land and plunging deep into the vibrant Old City—so they can experience as never before the iconic sites cherished by billions. "Jerusalem" is a breathtaking new film that explores on a grand scale the intersection of science, history and religion in this ancient, enigmatic place. The original production from Cosmic Picture and Arcane Pictures and distributed by National Geographic Entertainment will premiere in giant-screen, IMAX® and digital 3-D cinemas in the USA and worldwide beginning September 20, 2013. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch ("Star Trek Into the Darkness," PBS's "Sherlock"), "Jerusalem" gives audiences a rare glimpse of the storied city, as well as exclusive access to iconic holy sites—including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the mountain fortress of Masada—and to little-known parts of the region. The 43-minute large format film was executive produced by the late Jake Eberts, legendary producer of movies such as “Gandhi,” “Chariots of Fire,” and “Dances with Wolves”; produced by Taran Davies, George Duffield and Daniel Ferguson; and written and directed by Daniel Ferguson. Large format industry veteran Reed Smoot, ASC, is Director of Photography. Special access is one of the unique aspects of the film. Filmmakers were granted permission to capture aerial images over the Old City of Jerusalem, and throughout the Holy Land. A strict no-fly zone has existed over the region for many years, restricting low-altitude filming. Once secured, the filmmakers launched a major campaign in both Hebrew and Arabic to notify the public weeks before filming began.