TV / ANCILLARY

Film
Release Year
Runtime(s)
Synopsis
Bears
2001
39

Most will never experience the exhilaration of seeing a half-ton-grizzly bear in the wild — but now people of all ages are daring to get closer than ever before to some of the largest predators on the planet.

From the safety of giant-screen theaters worldwide, of course. 

From black bears in Montana to polar bears in the arctic, the National Wildlife Federation’s fourth giant-screen film, Bears, features a fresh view of these powerful, majestic and often misunderstood animals in the full glory of their natural habitat, and highlights the universal threats to bear populations.

Beauty of Spain
2015
84

This is a documentary of the most beautiful and emblematic landscapes in Spain.  A very visual, magical, full of contrasts with natural and human landscapes.  This journey will take viewers through Spain’s history and traditions of both the past and present.  From Costa da Morte (Galicia) to the southernmost tip of Europe, in the Strait of Gibraltar in the south of the Iberian peninsula.  Beauty of Spain is a sensory journey in vivid and breathtaking 4K.

Beavers
1988
31

An acclaimed, intimate look at one beaver family and their aquatic habitat which puts a remarkably human face on these amazing creatures’ emotions.

Berlin From Above
2016
90, 52

Unique pictures from above.  This documentary shows a different angle of people and country during a glide flight above the metropolis. 

25 years after the reunion between East and West Germany, this movie shows pictures from different perspectives.  Which visions and dreams marked this region?  What changed and what emerged from the city’s contentious history?  We take a look from above to see the city and its citizens. 

The movie unites nature, urbanity, tranquility, and the rush of a metropolis.  It unites parks and skyscraper canyons, lake capes and wetlands, curvy courses of rivers, and straight streets.  With exhilarating pictures we take a trip through Berlin — from sunrise til sunset.

Due to high quality flight recordings and panorama pictures, we are able to get a glimpse at how the people make this area their home.

Bug Technology
2016
2 x 48 min

The unique mechanism of the mosquito’s proboscis inspired “pain-free needles.”  The structure of dragonfly wings contributed to a wind-powered generator.  With over 400 million years in the race for survival, insects embody technology that is amazing and was once unimaginable to humans.  But now, cutting-edge technology unlocks this mystery, and practical application of “bug technology” is underway.  The program takes full advantage of 4K cameras, macro imagery, and high-speed cameras to reveal the amazing mechanisms of bugs.

Join the navigators of the show, a comedic duo of a bugologist and his assistant, in this exciting and entertaining science program for the whole family.

Burma: Encounters in a Forgotten Country
58

An award-winning 3D ‘aerial adventure’ from hot air balloons that unveils the splendor and beauty of a mysterious land – Burma.  An international balloonist group first visited Myanmar in 1998.  Undeterred by critical press reports about the military regime, they wanted to get a bird’s-eye view of the country – to see for themselves what was actually going on.  They have been coming every year since, for the last thirteen years, and first encounters have turned into lasting friendships.

Campus Galli – The Medieval Experience
2016
75, 52, 45

Craftsmen, helpers and volunteers are busy building a monastery in town without the modern tools of the 21st century.  Rather than tractors with easy loading and unloading mechanisms, oxen are being used to carry heavy loads of stones.  The woods are being chopped with an axe instead of a wood chipper and from the smithy you can hear the sound of an anvil.

Building a living historical site with the aid of staff dressed in period costumes is a totally new and ambitious project.  By portraying construction, everyday life and the monastic culture of the Carolingian times – a period setting stage for our common medieval heritage – in the microcosm of an almost autonomous abbey, the inhabitants of Meßkirch will have the prestige of bringing the medieval times into the 21st century.

For centuries, the Plan of Saint Gall has inspired a vast number of architects and even more historians.  Yet, it had never before been realised – until today.  Welcome back to the Dark Ages!

Carnival de Cádiz
2017
86

People singing, dancing or crying spontaneously – this non-scripted, cultural and travel film features one of the most powerful traditions in Spain – Carnival de Cádiz.  Unlike other carnivals that stress on spectacular and dazzling costumes, Cádiz distinguishes itself with the cleverness and imagination of its carnival attire.  But the true highlight of Cádiz is the chirigotas, a satirical groups of performers that share a costume and sing together, performing a repertoire of songs about current topics in a humoristic way.  Their music and lyrics are at the heart of this carnival.  Shot in 4K-UHD, each frame is a feast of colour and expressions that haven’t been seen before.  Through a narrator and live street music, we go deep into this unique fiesta.

Catching Light: New Zealand
2016
45

New Zealand, a small country, filled with an abundance of natural beauty and diversity.  This film explores the South Island, capturing the stunning views in 4K UHD, where viewers can fully experience all the endless detail and eye candy there is to offer, in this land of the hobbits.

Caves
47
Chicken Planet
2015
52

The love story between chickens and men has lasted for over 5000 years.  How has this humble forest animal managed to conquer all continents, all territories and become the most abundant and diversified feathered species on our planet?

Today there are over 19 billion on earth, three times more than human beings, and many more than any other species of wild birds.

How did this darkly plumed forest species become so diverse in colour, form and behaviour?  What is the everyday life of the hens and roosters that surround us?

Battery-farmed in Brazilian hangars, raised outdoors in the English countryside, in Filipino combat training centers, in survivalists’ bunkers or on New York’s roofs, chickens can live many different lives.

This documentary will explore the world of mankind and chickens in order to unveil the mysteries of the unprecedented success of this unassuming bird.

Conquest of the Skies
2015
40, 22 (Film); 3 x 50 (TV), 1 x 50 min Behind the Scenes (TV)

The ability to fly is one of the greatest wonders in the natural world.  Millions of creatures soar above our heads today, using a fabulous variety of techniques to defy gravity and master their aerial environment.  But how did animals make the incredible transition from land to air?

Conquest of the Skies uses the very latest science and stunning special effects to uncover the 300-million-year story of flight—and it’s not simply about birds.  Using advanced 3D filming technology we capture the beauty and excitement of the whole world of flying creatures, from the fastest predatory falcons to the most acrobatic of insects, night flyers like owls and bats, and the soaring and gliding specialists capable of traveling huge distances.  Audiences will enter the truly amazing world of these remarkable animal aviators, and leave the theater both stunned by the spectacle and thrilled by the story of how animals rose up and conquered the skies.

Coral Reef Adventure
2003
45

Coral Reef Adventure follows the real-life expedition of ocean explorers and underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall.  The Halls guide us to the islands and sun-drenched waters of the South Pacific, including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Tahiti and the mysterious depths of Rangiroa Atoll, to document the health and beauty of coral reefs.  On the giant screen, you’ll feel like you’re diving and exploring right alongside them!  Narrated by Liam Neeson.

Cuba
2019
44

Cuba tells the powerful story of a land preserved in time, yet poised on the cusp of dramatic change.  The nation’s vibrant culture, meticulously maintained colonial architecture, and pristine ecosystems provide a vivid window into the island’s history and spirit.  Cuba will transport audiences across breathtaking landscapes, under the ocean surface to iridescent reefs, and into streets throbbing with music and dance in the heart of Havana.

Through the eyes of Cuban artists, historians, and scientists, the film provides an intimate look this vivacious island nation.  Filmed exclusively for the giant screen format, Cuba reveals why Cuba continues to stir the imagination of the world.  Cuba is produced by Golden Gate 3D, in association with BBC Earth, Giant Screen Films and the Giant Dome Theater Consortium.

Cuba (Short)
3

Cuba tells the powerful story of a land preserved in time, yet poised on the cusp of dramatic change.  The nation’s vibrant culture, meticulously maintained colonial architecture, and pristine ecosystems provide a vivid window into the island’s history and spirit.  Cuba will transport audiences across breathtaking landscapes, under the ocean surface to iridescent reefs, and into streets throbbing with music and dance in the heart of Havana.

Through the eyes of Cuban artists, historians, and scientists, the film provides an intimate look this vivacious island nation.  Filmed exclusively for the giant screen format, Cuba reveals why Cuba continues to stir the imagination of the world.  Cuba is produced by Golden Gate 3D, in association with BBC Earth, Giant Screen Films and the Giant Dome Theater Consortium.

D-Day: Normandy 1944
2014
44

June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France.  Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world.  Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, D-Day: Normandy 1944 brings this monumental event to the world’s largest screens for the first time ever.  Audiences of all ages, including new generations, will discover from a new perspective how this landing changed the world.  Exploring history, military strategy, science, technology and human values, the film will educate and appeal to all.  Narrated by Tom Brokaw, D-Day: Normandy 1944 pays tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom … A duty of memory, a duty of gratitude.

Deep Ocean: The Lost World of the Pacific
2015
59

The island of New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean sits on the equator, where immediately next to a richly-colored coral reef, a sharp underwater cliff drops down to 1,000 meters.  A long-awaited exploration down the little known depths of this tropical sea is finally about to start.  NHK has teamed up with eminent marine biologist Mark Erdmann, discoverer of the coelacanth in Indonesia.  The spherical transparent submarine, which successfully captured the world’s first moving images of a giant squid in its natural habitat, is used as the team encounters true living fossil species one after another.  During their last dive, in the darkest depths of caves in the deep-sea cliff, the crew encounters a huge, unknown exotic fish …

For this shoot, the submarine was equipped with a cutting-edge 4K camera for pristine images.  Join the film crew on an exciting adventure into a deep sea never before seen by humans, captured on six cameras shooting multi-angles, creating a breath-taking underwater documentary.

Denali
2017
53

Denali, which was once called Mount McKinley, is North America’s highest peak.  At its towering glacier-clad summit elevation of 6,190 meters above sea level, the temperature is 30 degrees below zero Celsius even in the middle of summer.  The condition there is so extreme that it has claimed some lives of explorers.

In 2016 Daisuke Sasaki, a Japanese climber and skier, embarked on an extraordinary undertaking – a one-push ski descent down the hill of the Cassin Ridge on the Southwest Face of Denali.  The steep slope that drops directly down to a valley looks as if soaring almost vertically to climbers.

NHK closely followed and captured Sasaki’s great adventure in 4K using eight UHD cameras.  The huge precipitous slope plumbing down at inclines of up to 55 degrees, dozens of meters deep crevasses silently gaping in the gentle-white snow cap, and avalanches tumbling rapidly down the slopes that are caused by unusual weather – all the spectacles Sasaki met at the most beautiful but the most precarious mountain in North America were filmed in a stunning quality.

Denali, however, did not so easily allow the daredevil skier to accomplish his ambitious attempt.  A slip fall of a team member, who was injured in the accident, nearly discouraged him to continue his bid on the unprecedented decent, but instigated by warm supports from his team members and his profound adoration for Naomi Uemura, a great predecessor and his countryman, Sasaki decided to resume his adventure.  And at last in 38 days Sasaki pulled off the stunning feat.

This is a story about a man who made a record success in the world of big-mountain skiing.  In a series of suspenseful scenes of his perilous adventure into the magnificent mountain and the breathtaking decent from its ridge, it will get across the viewers how deeply the impulse for exploration dwells in our human species.  His adventurous spirit will spark their sporting blood …

Desert Survivors: The Arabian Wolf
2016
52

Without rain for six months each year and with temperatures reaching nearly 50 degrees Celsius, the Negev Desert in Israel is an inhospitable place to live.  The Arabian wolf, the smallest member of the wolf family, is unique in that it does not hunt like other wolves that follow their prey for extended periods in packs.  Due to a small population, researchers have attached transmitters to a mated pair to understand more about their behavior.  This program closely follows the pair as they busily raise their offspring.

Deus Ex Homine
2011
5

“Deus Ex Homine” comes from Latin meaning “god built by humans.”  That “god” might be the tools – our machines and technologies, the city – our caves of concrete and steel, and the networks – the highways and waterways that are the lifeblood of our cities.  With our technology, we conquered and reshaped the natural world.  As we have overrun our planet’s surface, more and more of us live in the fantastically complex artificial biomes that are our cities.  Modern societies and economies depend on these constructs.  Bridges and servers connect us, cars and planes move us, farms and restaurants feed us, and cargo ships and oil tankers make it all possible.  The “Makers” among us forge machines – electromechanical gods – that reshape and govern humanity.  Automobiles.  Typewriters.  Computers.  The Robot Maker creates machines in our image, striving to infuse them with intelligence, emotion, and sentience.  Perhaps some day they will surpass us.  They already have in many ways.  Perhaps we will re-engineer ourselves, integrating man and machine.  Deus ex homine (deus?).

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