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A Spellbinding Nature Documentary Takes Flight

Flight of the Butterflies (El Vuelo de las Monarca 3D) lands in Los Angeles at the California Science Center

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: September 23, 2013


A Spellbinding Nature Documentary Takes Flight


Beginning September 27th, the award-winning Flight of the Butterflies 3D will soar onto the IMAX Theater screen at the California Science Center. This spellbinding nature documentary has left audiences around the world stunned by the cinematic elegance, pioneering technology and story-telling skills used to showcase the longest-known insect migration on Earth.

The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) recently awarded Flight of the Butterflies 3D several 2013 Achievement Awards in the following categories: Best Film, Short Subject; Best Film for Lifelong Learning; Best Cinematography; Best Original Score; Best Sound Design; Best Marketing Campaign by a Distributor and Best Educational Program. Flight of the Butterflies 3D is a must see film for families, children and film enthusiasts.

"We are thrilled to provide guests the opportunity to experience the incredible journey of these delicate, yet beautifully evolved navigators as generations of monarch butterflies travel the annual migration between Canada and Mexico," said Jeffrey N. Rudolph, President and CEO of the California Science Center.

The iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a secluded place it has never been. Follow the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico. For the first time ever, look inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans.

Be captivated by the emotional and compelling true story of an intrepid scientist, Dr. Fred Urquhart and his wife Norah and their 40-year search to find the monarchs' secret hideaway. What began with a small boy daydreaming about where butterflies went each winter became a lifelong pursuit that ingeniously enlisted the help of legions of volunteers, known as "citizen scientists," to help with tagging and tracking the butterflies in a decades-long quest that yielded the ultimate discovery of the monarch butterflies' overwintering sites in the sanctuaries of Mexico.

The first citizen scientists in Mexico to be tapped by Urquhart, American Ken Brugger and his Mexican wife Catalina Aguado, spent two years searching in the mountains west of Mexico City under Dr. Urquhart's guidance before finally making the discovery that graced the cover of National Geographic magazine in August 1976, featuring an iconic image of Catalina covered with and surrounded by thousands of colorful monarchs. The only surviving member of the original discovery team, Catalina was on hand as an advisor for Flight of the Butterflies 3D and accompanied the SK Films production team to the site during filming.

"Could you imagine working all of your life for something and someone telling you they found it?" asked Catalina about discovering the overwintering sites. "It was very exciting and a sight that impresses a person very deeply," stated Catalina.

Through breath-taking Giant Screen / IMAX technology, audiences are transported into the tiny world of one intrepid creature ÔÇô Dana (Danaus Plexippus) ÔÇô and her off-spring as they migrate north from Mexico through the U.S. to Canada and back south again to the breath-taking hidden butterfly sanctuaries set 10,000 feet high in the mountains of the States of Michoac?ín and M?®xico. Supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the film interweaves spellbinding natural history with an uplifting human story.

Flight of the Butterflies 3D is a trilateral co-production between Mexico, Canada and the U.K. Director Mike Slee (Bugs! 3D) co-wrote the script with co-Executive Producer Wendy MacKeigan (Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta, The Water Brothers). The film's Executive Producer is Jonathan Barker (Bugs! 3D, Into the Deep 3D) and is produced by SK Films, a leading producer and distributor of Giant Screen Content.

Flight of the Butterflies 3D is a private-public partnership project, which received major funding from the National Science Foundation, and has a comprehensive Education Outreach Program (available in English and Spanish) in partnership with the Maryland Science Center.

The world's top monarch butterfly experts, including Dr. Chip Taylor, Dr. Karen Oberhauser and Dr. Lincoln Brower, served as scientific advisors to the film. Major support has also come from the Mexican Federal Government (Environment & Tourism), the Mexican states of Mexico and Michoac?ín, and from two leading Mexican companies: Coca Cola FEMSA and Grupo Bimbo (the world's largest baked goods company). For more information on the project, please visit www.flightofthebutterflies.com .

The California Science Center IMAX Theater will provide Spanish audio for audience members who want to experience the film in Spanish.

Flight of the Butterflies 3D is rated G and has a run time of 45 minutes.

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