New nature documentary gives unprecedented window to the underwater world
TORONTO, June 7, 2018 /CNW/ - Dive into the largest and least-explored habitat on Earth at the Ontario Science Centre on Earth when Oceans: Our Blue Planet opens on June 9. From long-time collaborators BBC Earth and OceanX Media and narrated by award-winning actress Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Reader, Revolutionary Road), this new nature documentary takes audiences on a global odyssey — from the crystalline tropics to the ice-crusted Arctic — to explore the intimate lives of the ocean's most extraordinary creatures.
"Despite technological advances, the oceans remain largely unexplored with seafloors known only to the bottom-dwelling organisms that live there," said Dr. Maurice Bitran, PhD, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. "Oceans: Our Blue Planet, through visually-stunning underwater photography and captivating storytelling, increases our understanding of the ocean realm, encourages discovery, and inspires environmental stewardship."
Featuring OceanX's research and exploration vessel, the Alucia, Oceans: Our Blue Planet gives an unprecedented window to the deepest and most mysterious worlds, uncovering spectacular stories of life and survival underwater. Encounter a pod of playful dolphins that leap above the waves, spot a cunning octopus hiding in plain sight, watch an ingenious tusk fish use a tool to open its food, and experience a methane volcano eruption.
"It has been an incredible experience to collaborate with BBC Earth on this film, which will give audience members across the world unparalleled access into the world's oceans and their fascinating inhabitants," said Mark Dalio, Founder and Creative Director, OceanX Media. "We are thrilled to continue to showcase the complexity and majesty of our oceans and to inspire the next generation of ocean pioneers, researchers and explorers."
Directed by Mark Brownlow (Planet Earth: Blue Planet II, Tiny Giants) and Rachel Butler (Great Barrier Reef), Oceans: Our Blue Planet is distributed worldwide to museum cinemas by BBC Earth and Chicago-based Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema. Sponsor Microsoft provides accompanying educational resources that expand upon the film's messages and themes.
Oceans: Our Blue Planet has a run time of 40 minutes. Tickets are $9. To watch the trailer and to purchase tickets, please visit OntarioScienceCentre.ca.
About Ontario Science Centre
Guided by a mission to inspire passion for the human adventure of discovery, the Ontario Science Centre strives to be a global leader in lifelong learning; a vital link in Ontario's education and innovation ecosystems; and a convener of public dialogue about technology, science and society. The Centre has welcomed more than 52 million visitors since opening as a Centennial project in 1969, pioneering an interactive approach now adopted by science centres around the world. An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Centre relies on funding from the province, as well as donations from generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share the Centre's vision to contribute to a more curious, creative and resilient world. Learn more at OntarioScienceCentre.ca.
About BBC Earth
BBC Earth is a global portfolio brand that invites audiences everywhere to engage with the wonders of our universe. We bring amazing premium content, television and experiences to the world, across multiple platforms including branded channels, live events, digital and social media, AR/VR, theatrical releases for cinema and giant screen films, and consumer products. We believe that celebrating and connecting with our world is more important than ever, across nature, science, space and the human race. Along with our partners, we are continually innovating to find new stories and experiences to bring insight, enlightenment and fresh perspectives to inspire us to think and feel differently about our world. From the epic to the everyday, BBC Earth brings you face to face with heart-pounding action, mind-blowing ideas and the sheer wonder of being part of this amazing planet we call home.
About OceanX Media
OceanX Media is a non-profit media company whose aim is to create ground-breaking media rooted in cutting-edge science that inspires global awareness about the beauty, complexity and fragility of the ocean and its inhabitants. Founded by Creative Director Mark Dalio, OceanX Media partners with leading broadcasters, research institutions, conservation organizations and other production companies to chronicle open expeditions aboard the Alucia research vessel. As an innovative media platform leveraging scientific research and ocean exploration, OceanX Media creates content spanning short-form, broadcast, IMAX and 360-degree virtual reality to galvanize the global audience toward greater stewardship of the world's oceans. OceanX Media is the media arm of OceanX, an initiative of the Dalio Foundation. For more information, visit www.OceanX.org.
About Giant Screen Films
For over twenty years, GSF has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF's productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theatre experience. Meaningful educational collaboration and partnerships extend each film's impact far beyond the theatre. The company is recognized as one of the world's leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit www.gsfilms.com.
SOURCE Ontario Science Centre
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