Hilo, Hawaii

Visitors take a journey through the solar system inside the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, Hawaii, the site of a "fulldome" festival that celebrates movies made to be shown in planetariums. (Phil Rosenberg)

New “fulldome” films--digital movies made specifically for projection inside planetariums--will be shown next month at the Imiloa Fulldome Film Festival in Hilo.

There’s a conference for filmmakers, but their newest works will be screened for the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5-7.  The venue is the Imiloa Astronomy Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

New films for the festival include:

"Cell, Cell, Cell!," the story of how complex human bodies are formed from trillions of cells.

"Dinosaurs at Dusk," an educational adventure that follows a father and daughter on their quest for flying dinosaurs.

"To Space and Back," a journey through the universe as uncovered through human ingenuity and incredible engineering feats.

The movies employ a variety of special effects, including computer-generated imagery (CGI), time-lapse photography and fulldome videography. Filmmakers from Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Britain and the U.S. will participate.

Regular admission rates -- $17.50 for adults and $9.50 for children 5-12 -- will apply. The planetarium’s regular schedule of activities will not take place during the festival.

Info: Imiloa Fulldome Film Festival, (808) 969-9703. 

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