Runco International and Thirsty Ear Hi -Fi Invested in HatcHFest Audiovisual Arts Festival

As part of Runco and Thirsty Ear Hi Fi's contribution, two Video Xtreme™ digital projection systems, valued at over $300,000, were specially customized and donated for screenings during the festival.

UNION CITY, CALIFORNIA - October 21, 2005 - Runco International Inc., the world leader in high -end home theater video display technology, and Bozeman, Montana's Thirsty Ear Hi -Fi teamed up in support of HatcHFest's annual Hatch Audiovisual Arts Festival, which took place October 4 -9, 2005 in Bozeman. As part of Runco and Thirsty Ear Hi Fi's contribution, two Video Xtreme™ digital projection systems, valued at over $300,000, were specially customized and donated for screenings during the festival.

"Reaching out to individual communities in support of grassroots initiatives that provide mentoring and support for upcoming film artists is a great undertaking," said Bob Hana, president of Runco International. "When Ron Kinnear of Thirsty Ear Hi -Fi contacted us for our involvement, we were only too happy to support his and HatcHFest's request."

The Hatch Audiovisual Arts Festival brings together artists, actors, directors, producers and other industry professionals in a partnership with emerging artists in the name of "mentorship" through a series of workshops, screenings, panel discussions and one -on -one peer groups.

HatcHFest's diverse mix of professionals were given special screenings of Universal Studios' new film, Prime, starring Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman, as well as ABC's adventure drama, Lost. The celebrity line -up included Glenn Close (Actress, Nine Lives), Amy Brenneman (Actress, Nine Lives), Dean Cain (actor, Lost), and Wes Studi (Actor, Edge of America). Musical performances were also given by DJ Mike Relm and George.

Ron Kinnear, owner and president of Thirsty Ear Hi -Fi, and his staff are big supporters of the annual event. They outfitted each of theaters used for movie screenings during the festival. Runco International and Thirsty Ear teamed up to provide two of Runco's Video Xtreme™ digital projectors, which were specially designed and calibrated for Bozeman's Ellen Theatre and Rialto Theatre to provide the very best cinematic experience.

The new Video Xtreme™ Projection System represents Runco's ultimate achievement in video projection design and performance. It has been crafted for the finest home theater applications and true connoisseurs of big -screen picture perfection. With Runco's three -chip implementation of DLP, no color wheel is used, reducing mechanical complexity and compromises to color spectrum purity.

"It was critical to us that, if we were to be involved in the film festival aspects of HatcHFest, we would have to provide a theatrical performance second to none," said Ron Kinnear. "Runco's Video Xtreme™ series of digital projectors is the best we could offer to bring that unique cinematic feeling to the audience. Runco's reputation for 'Bringing Hollywood Home' is well earned, and the folks attending the festival are going to see why they're the leaders in home cinema."

Video Xtreme's™ newly designed Xenon illumination system uses a 1.2 kW lamp to produce Runco's brightest pictures ever. Its new Darkchip 2 array is calibrated for 788p resolution with an anamorphic lens option that brings resolution all the way up to a native 1400 x 1050 for stunning high -definition performance. Runco has engineered ISF™ calibration standards into the Video Xtreme™ system for the purest video performance, and has incorporated a motorized horizontal and vertical lens shift system to accommodate for the most difficult projector placement issues.

The Video Xtreme™ system is furnished with Runco's next -generation, all -digital DHD controller, which features advanced Vivix II™ processing, superb scaling, and the industry's most advanced aspect ratio control system. Runco's exclusive CineWide™ with AutoScope™ option is also available, which provides true 2.35:1 widescreen movie enjoyment while preserving every pixel of resolution and displaying with constant screen height.

About HatcHFest

The second annual HatcH Festival will include the screening of ten groundbreaking student films and ten feature films, panels, musical performances, workshops, and one -on -one peer discussions. HatcHFest is a non -profit organization, brought to fruition by the unwavering support and dedication of its founders and support team, whose union represents the most talented and unstoppable resource pool in their respective fields. Major sponsors of the event include Runco International, Moonlight Basin Ski & Spa Resort, Getty Images, Gibson Guitar, Panavision, and The Syndicate. Local sponsors include Montana Film School, Thirsty Ear Hi -Fi, Music Villa, The Emerson, The Baxter, The Eagle, The Moose, The Zebra, Dick Walter, KGLT, and Classic Ink.

About Runco International, Inc.

Founded in 1987 and currently headquartered in Union City, California, Runco International, Inc is a market leader in state -of -the -art projection systems, flat -panel plasma monitors, video processors and other components for the consumer market. Runco's innovations have won numerous awards and citations from the world press. Runco was the first company to introduce and market a line doubler with a multi -frequency projector in 1990 and also introduced the first multiple -aspect -ratio controller, the ARC -IV, to the Home Theater market. Recently, both of these features have become essential for the new digital high definition capable televisions. For more information on Runco International, Inc. visit the web at

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