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Sept. 8, 2010

Movies@MNH begins Sept. 12 with Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster 'Jurassic Park'

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will kick off this semester's Movies@MNH series with a screening of "Jurassic Park," at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 12, in Macbride Hall Auditorium.

The movie, based on the Michael Crichton novel, depicts a newly created yet ill-fated dinosaur theme park. The beauty of scientific progress -- long-extinct dinosaurs recreated through the wonder of cloning —- is interrupted by a park-wide power failure, which allows the creatures, including dangerous predators, to escape. Winner of three Oscars, "Jurassic Park," awes imaginations and pits human folly against some of history’s most awesome creatures.

"Our movie series is an opportunity for university and community members to bring their families and friends to watch fun and educational films ranging from documentaries to family-oriented features," said Sarah Horgen, MNH education and outreach coordinator.

All Movies@MNH will be shown at 2 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium and are free and open to the public. Upcoming screenings include:

--Oct. 3, "Lost Nation: The Ioway" highlights the Native American tribe that is Iowa's namesake but is not well known even by residents of the state.

--Nov. 7, "Jewel of the Earth" explores the scientific side of Jurassic Park and features the remarkable time capsule of ancient life preserved in samples of fossilized tree resin, or amber.

--Dec. 5, "Ice Age" is an animated movie that will appeal to children and adults alike and features a motley crew of Paleolithic mammals trying to return a lost human baby to its parents.


STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,; Writer: Brett Janecek