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Monday, April 18, 2011

The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival

The oldest Egyptian pyramid!  The real mines of Solomon!  Ancient cities in the desert!  All this and more will thrill the audience as the top films in the world compete during The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, opening May 24th at The Shedd in Eugene, Oregon.
TAC Festival is the only juried competition for cultural heritage films in the Western Hemisphere.  The five-day event celebrates the wonders of human diversity with award-winning films from around the world.  Topics that range from archaeology and ancient cultures to indigenous peoples and their environments will come alive with historic reenactments, powerful storytelling and amazing digital effects.
Producers from 20 countries submitted 69 entries for this year’s eighth season.  The top 18 films, from leading film producers worldwide, will be shown on the big screen in the Recital Hall at The Shedd in downtown Eugene, from May 24 through May 28.  These films will cover topics such as Stonehenge, the world’s oldest portable sculpture, a young girl who fell in love with the moon, a mysterious sea cave on the south coast of Chile, vanishing traces of old Beijing, and more.  Three of the competing films already have won awards at international film festivals.
The Keynote Speaker this year will be Dr. Tom King, the principal archaeologist in the longstanding effort to learn what happened to famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart.  This research effort, focusing on a small Pacific island, was featured in December 2010 by Discovery in a two-hour TV special.  Dr. King, an outstanding presenter, will describe his work, which has yielded solid evidence that may lead to a resolution of the Amelia Earhart mystery.
Tickets now are on sale directly by Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI), with special pricing before May 1.  So save money and reserve them now!  The Recital Hall seats only 200.  To reserve your tickets, call ALI at541-345-5538, fax to 541-338-3109 or e-mail  Reserved tickets may be picked up at our will-call table at The Shedd during Festival Week.
For a complete list of films, ticket prices (reduced from last year), the schedule, and more information, log on to

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