Splashes onto the
Giant IMAX Screen in Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (March 15, 2000) -- Imagine floating in the
crystalline, turquoise waters of the Bahamas. Sunlight dances
off the rippled, white sand banks. Swimming alongside you are
some of the most graceful and extraordinary creatures on earth-wild
dolphins. While few of us will ever have the chance to encounter
a dolphin in the wild, audiences will feel like they are swimming
right alongside these playful creatures when they view Dolphins,
the newest IMAX film from MacGillivray Freeman Films, producers
of the box-office hit Everest, opening at the Tennessee
Aquarium IMAX Theater April 1.
From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept
seas of Patagonia, Dolphins takes audiences under the water's
surface for a romp with inquisitive Atlantic spotted dolphins,
acrobatic dusky dolphins, and the familiar bottlenose dolphin
of Flipper fame.
Studying (and filming) elusive, fast-moving animals in the ocean
environment is a difficult task but in Dolphins
viewers will follow young marine biologist, Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski,
and her two colleagues, mentor Dr. Bernd Wursig and Dr. Alejandro
Acevedo-Gutierrez, as they research the communication of wild
dolphins with innovative scientific methods and interesting technology.
From rarely seen fish-herding behavior to a close-up look at complex
communication activities, Dolphins will give audiences
a fascinating new perspective on the lives of dolphins and their
Dolphins also explores the dolphin-human bond, and
audiences will be intrigued by the relationship between JoJo,
a rare lone dolphin in the Turks & Caicos Islands and his
friend, naturalist Dean Bernal. Dean and JoJo have saved each
other's lives on more than one occasion, and their story will
stir audiences with the beauty and mystery of inter-species communication.
"The topic has a wonderful appeal to the public; people want to
know more about how dolphins communicate," says director and producer
Greg MacGillivray. "I wanted to make a film that offered insight
into these intelligent marine mammals and that revealed the wonder
of their habitat, the ocean, and our need to preserve it."
While most of what we know about dolphins comes from studying
them in captivity, Dudzinski and her colleagues conduct their
research with dolphins in the wild, a far more strenuous, time-consuming,
even dangerous endeavor. Audiences may be surprised to witness
firsthand how scientific progress is made in inches and not miles,
and how the slow accumulation of scientific data is passed on,
and expanded upon, from one generation of scientists to the next.
Wursig comments, "Everybody in Western societies admires dolphins.
But few people really know very much about these intelligent,
social mammals that play out their lives in a marvelously complex
three-dimensional world. This film can help energize a new generation
to learn more about the beauty and fragility of these long-lived
members of the marine environment."
Dolphins, which is narrated by Pierce Brosnan and
features the music of Grammy-award winning artist Sting, is produced
and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films in association with
the National Wildlife Federation, the nation's largest member-supported
conservation group, and with major funding provided by the National
Science Foundation and Museum Film Network.
Founded in 1966 by Greg MacGillivray and the late Jim Freeman,
MacGillivray Freeman Films has been setting the standard in large-screen
filmmaking for more than three decades. In 1996, MacGillivray
Freeman's inaugural project, To Fly!, was selected by the
Library of Congress for inclusion in America's national film archives.
In 1995, the company's The Living Sea received an Academy
Award® nomination for Best Documentary/Short Subject, and
it's 1998 blockbuster Everest has become the fastest grossing
large format film in history.