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July 17, 2003
Film opens to the public on September 14, 2003

The most astounding place on Earth is now a giant screen film! 12,000 feet down, life is erupting. Miles beneath the surface of the sea, in environments of crushing pressure, extreme temperatures and toxic water, strange communities of life are thriving. Volcanoes of the Deep Sea transports you there via the giant screen. The film is the result of the largest effort ever undertaken to film the creatures and habitats of these extreme depths.

On the trail of a mysterious life form, scientists board the deep-sea submersible Alvin and dive two miles down to the crest of the Mid-Ocean Ridge (the longest mountain chain on the planet). As their investigation on the Ridge unfolds, the film reveals the world of the hydrothermal vents: volcanic landscapes of towering "black smoker" chimneys, of giant tubeworms and other sulfur-loving creatures.
Driven by the planet's internal heat and chemistry, life in these worlds of darkness, is denser than anywhere else on Earth. Join the adventure and discover wonders that few have ever seen.

A dramatic first—equipped with the IMAX camera and a state-of-the-art underwater lighting system, the production team for Volcanoes of the Deep Sea completed more than 20 dives in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The two-year expedition has revealed with unprecedented clarity, the true richness and diversity of the Deep Ocean – the last pristine wilderness on Earth.

Volcanoes of the Deep Sea

Director, Stephen Low; Narrator, Ed Harris; Executive Producer, James Cameron.
Producers, Pietro L. Serapiglia and Alexander Low; Science Director, Richard Lutz; Director of Photography, William Reeve; Music Composed by Michel Cusson; Associate Producer / Film Editor, James Lahti. Volcanoes of the Deep Sea is a production of The Stephen Low Company and Rutgers University. Major funding for the project is provided by the National Science Foundation.

Filmmaker Stephen Low is the award-winning director of 10 IMAX films, including “Titanica” (1992) a definitive exploration of the wreck of the Titanic, and three groundbreaking IMAX 3D films, including the Sony Pictures classic “Across the Sea of Time”, (with a John Barry musical score), “The Last Buffalo”, and “Mark Twain’s America” (with Anne Bancroft narrating). He also directed “Super Speedway” (Paul Newman, narrator), and the classic “Beavers” (a worldwide family favorite).

When: Volcanoes of the Deep Sea World Premiere
Tuesday evening, September 9, 2003 (By invitation only)

The film opens to the public on Sunday, September 14, 2003 (Film length: 40 minutes)
Where: California Science Center IMAX Theater
700 State Drive – Exposition Park, Los Angeles.
Enter visitor parking lot at 39th & Figueroa Street; parking is $6.
Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible.
Tickets: Ticket prices for IMAX films range from $4.50 to $7.50. Call 213.744-7400 for information. For advance ticket purchase and group rates, phone (213) 744-2019.

Proceeds from the IMAX Theater support Science Center exhibits and programming. Guests should call (213) 744-7400 to confirm film schedule prior to their visit. For general information, visit our website at www.californiasciencecenter.org.

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