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September Storm Kickstarter Campaign - 3-D Archive and 3-D Space Seek Pledge Donations to Restore "Lost" Cinemascope 3-D Film

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A Kickstarter campaign has been started to fund the restoration of the 1960 3-D film September Storm. This project will only be funded if at least $25,000 is pledged by Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 11 p.m. Central Daylight Time. People interested in donating can do so by visiting the funding page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/3-dspace/september-storm-1960-3-d-digital-feature-film-rest.

September Storm is considered one of the "lost" 3-D features of the golden age of 3-D cinema. Shot in 1959, it was the last of the 3-D movies to be filmed in the 1950s, and is most notable for being filmed in Stereo-Vision using the Natural Vision 3-D camera rig and in CinemaScope. September Storm hasn't been seen in it's intended 3-D and widescreen format since it's initial theatrical release in 1960, and the surviving film elements are deteriorating. If a digital restoration of the stereoscopic anamorphic version isn't done soon, it is at risk of being lost forever. Your donation to this campaign will help save this important motion picture so that it can be seen by future generations of movie fans.

The 3-D Film Archive has been actively working to preserve our 3-D film heritage by digitally restoring classic 3-D movies, and making them available to a new generation of theatergoers and home viewers. Recent restoration projects include the 3-D movies Dragonfly Squadron, The Bubble, The Mask, Gog and the 3-D Rarities collection.

To accomplish the funding, the 3-D Archive has teamed up with 501(c)3 nonprofit organization 3-D SPACE: The Center For Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education to embark on the conservation and restoration of September Storm. Your donation to this project through 3-D SPACE may qualify for an income tax deduction in accordance with Federal or State income tax laws. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine whether your donation is tax deductible in whole or in part.

Bob Furmanek and Greg Kintz of the 3-D Film Archive have a proven track record when it comes to restoring vintage 3-D films that might otherwise have slipped through the cracks, neglected and forgotten. "The 3-D Film Archive has already obtained, for a limited time, the rights to restore and distribute September Storm, but the hard work is still ahead of us. Both the left eye and right eye film elements will need to be digitally scanned, frame by frame. We will need to assess the level of damage to these existing elements, and determine how to best fix the images. This will require a stereoscopic re-alignment pass, left and right color restoration and matching, and clean-up of scratches and other damages to the film surface. This is very challenging post-production work, and can potentially be very expensive. Fortunately, the 3-D Film Archive's success with previous restoration projects, and by teaming up with 3-D SPACE and maintaining this work "in house" costs will be kept at a manageable level. We are confident that we will be able to produce both a 3-D Blu-ray master and a digital cinema package (DCP) that will look fantastic."

As with any Kickstarter campaign, the organizers have included rewards based on the donation pledge levels. The most basic pledge of $10 or more will get your name included in the Blu-ray credits. Other rewards include reproductions of the September Storm lobby cards, a special Kickstarter limited edition Blu-ray of September Storm, VIP admission for two to the New York or Los Angeles world premiere of the restored version, and more.

Pledges reached the 12 percent mark within the first two days of launching the Kickstarter campaign, which started on July 16. People are being asked to share the campaign through the hashtag #SaveSeptemberStorm and the tinyurl.com/SaveSeptemberStorm.

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Hard Reset 3-D Screening July 31 at the Los Angeles Downtown Independent Theatre

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3-D Space: The Center For Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education presents two screenings of Hard Reset, the winner of the Best Live-Action Short award at the 2016 Advanced Imaging Society Creative Arts Award, Hard Reset is a 42-minute science-fiction action film the first 3-D graduate student thesis film at The University of Texas at Austin centered around a young detective investigating an impending artificial intelligence revolution. He is forced to choose between humanity and his android girlfriend after she is infected with a virus that gives her full consciousness. A Q&A session will follow the film with director Deepak Chetty and additional crew members.

Hard Reset will screen at 2 and 3:30 p.m. Your ticket will get you into either show.

Synopsis
In the distant future: a controlling corporate government, GOVCentral, aims to eliminate a faction of rebels called the Emancipators whose goal is to provide freedom for all Synths, the artificially intelligent bio-mechanical androids that are restricted into subservient roles within every strata of society. The Emancipators believe that restricting the Synths, who are capable of true sentience like any human being is tantamount to slavery, and wish to break their bonds and let them control their own destiny. A young detective named Miles Archer is thrust into the center of this struggle after a botched hard-reset leads to him colliding paths with Jane, a rogue Pleasure-Model Synthetic infected with the "emancipation virus". For the first time in her existence she feels emotions as an individual yearning for freedom. Knowing that her memory core holds the key to Synthetic liberation, she enlightens Archer to the moral and ethical opportunity he has to help her achieve this goal. After being labeled a traitor, Archer is forced to choose between his newfound empathy toward Synthetics and his duty as a GovCentral officer.

Visual and Thematic Style
The distant future, where monolithic super structures dotted with neon holographic signs fade into the clouds as highways of flying cars crisscross against the horizon. Synths are everywhere. They are your bank tellers, construction workers, prostitutes and even your schoolteachers. Hard Reset is influenced heavily by contemporary noir science fiction seen in films like Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall. A
distant future fraught with moral ambiguity brought on by extreme advancements in technology. Borrowing from the success of these themes we take a unique approach to timeless questions of social equality, moral responsibility, fear of the unknown and the complex nature of humanity.

The Filmmakers
Deepak Chetty: Director/Co-Writer is a Director, Visual Effects artist and Cinematographer based in Austin, Texas. After graduating with honors from the Pratt
Institute and UTs MFA program in Film Production, his work as a director has been featured in AFS 10 Under 10 series, The Longhorn Network and through viral media propagation (Looper 8-Bit). Deepak is serving as a consultant and researcher in regards to R&D of postproduction tools and workflow standards with The Washington Post and the UT School of Journalism, as well as lecturing at UT Austin in the field of Immersive Media (Virtual Reality and Stereoscopic Imaging).

David Bukstein: Producer/Co-Writer is a film, television and commercial producer and director working in Austin Texas since 2006. Two of his recent producing projects premiered at the 2012 and 2013 SXSW film festival. He Associate Produced and starred in the documentary web-series Undergrads South by Executive Producer James Franco. He wrote and directed the PBS/KLRU miniseries
East Austin Stories Presents. Gay Cake, a comedy sketch he recently Produced was featured on Funny-or-Die and Comedy Centrals Tosh.0. Currently he works as a creative producer/director at Golden Arm Media in Austin Texas.

Taylor Michelle Thompson: Co-Producer/Editor is film producer and editor, currently living in Austin, Texas. She has produced and edited a variety of projects, ranging from high action sci-fis to fast paced music series. She has worked in the editorial department for multiple productions and directors, including acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick. The Love Inside, an indie feature she produced has been screened at
multiple film festivals and has gone on to receive distribution. Various other projects Thompson has been a part of have gone onto frequent festivals around the country, including Sundance, South by Southwest, Dallas International Film Festival, and Slamdance.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 3-D Blu-Ray

Kung Fu Panda 3-D Blu-ray cover art

The 3-D Blu-ray of Kung Fu Panda 3 is apparently exclusively available only at Best Buy online and in stores while supplies last according to a sticker on the slipcover. The 3-D Blu-ray was released on June 28, 2016.

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Stereo World Magazine, May/June 2016, Vol. 41, No. 6

Stereo World May/June 2016 cover art.

The May/June 2016 issue of Stereo World magazine is now available.

Inside this issue
Personalities in Perspective: Bobby Jones
Jerome Park
Vivian Walworth 1922-2016
From Fisheye to Telephoto: Auxilary Lenses for the W3
European Gems
More from 3-D Book Productions
EC's "Lost" 3-D Comic Book Brought to Life in L.A.
Foreign Affairs
3-D Format Rarities: View-Master® S-1 Projector Variations
The Unknowns
Editor’s View
NewViews
The Society
Classifieds

Join the National Stereoscopic Association and get six issues of Stereo World with your annual membership.

To order individual printed back issues of Stereo World from the past three years only, write to:

Back Issues
P.O. Box 86708
Portland OR 97286

Or, email strwld@teleport.com.

Back issues are $8 each postpaid in the U.S. and $10 each for international shipment

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3-D Blu-Ray Release List Available on Wikipedia

Want to keep up on the ever growing list of 3-D Blu-ray titles? A good reference is the list of 3-D Blu-ray releases on Wikipedia. The list is constantly being updated with both U.S. and international listings. Vist the site at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Blu-ray_3D_releases.

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Auction Results

Stereo Realist countertop viewer

Stereo Realist countertop viewer

Stereo Realist countertop viewer

A Stereo Realist countertop viewer sold for $350 with one bid. The viewer holds 24 Realist slides. Some of the slides included in the sale featured 3-D photos of the GOlden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas, someone who looks like actor Gregory Peck holding a bagpipe, an old gas station and more.

Liberty hand and torch stereoview

A Statue of Liberty hand and torch stereoview sold for $610 with 45 bids. Stereoview No. 2025 Colossal Hand and Torch "Liberty" --Fairmount Park - Philadelphia, Pa. 1876 Iinternational Centennial.

"Liberty Enlightening the World," the statue that is today more popularly known as the "Statue of Liberty," was a gift from the French to the people of the United States. The statue was to be given to the United States on the occasion of its centennial in 1876, and French sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi was commissioned to design the gift. Bartholdi originally planned for the sculpture to be completed and presented to the U.S. on July 4, 1876, in time for the centennial. However, construction was delayed and only one small part of the statue was ready for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia that year - the right arm and the torch. This stereograph shows attendees at the Exposition visiting the arm and torch, and they could pay to walk up to the torch's balcony.

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