TV / ANCILLARY

Film
Release Year
Runtime(s)
Synopsis
Dinosaurs Alive!
2007
40, 20, 13

Dinosaurs Alive is a global adventure of science and discovery – featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous “reincarnated” life-sized for the giant IMAX ® screen.  Audiences will journey with some of the world’s preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us.  From the exotic, trackless expanses and sand dunes of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert to the dramatic sandstone buttes of New Mexico, the film will follow American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) paleontologists as they explore some of the greatest dinosaur finds in history.  Through the magic of scientifically accurate computer-generated animation, these newly discovered creatures, and some familiar favorites, will come alive … in a big way!

Beginning in the 1920s, AMNH scientist and adventurer Roy Chapman Andrews, who is believed to be the inspiration for the Indiana Jones character, led five expeditions to the Gobi Desert.  Andrews and his team found hundreds of dinosaur remains, many new to science, including the first Velociraptor, the first dinosaur nests with eggs, and fossils of early mammals that lived alongside dinosaurs in the Late Cretaceous Period.  Andrews also happened to take along a Hollywood cameraman with him to film the expedition’s discovery.  This rare and beautifully preserved footage, juxtaposed against the large-format footage of today’s expeditions, provides audiences with a unique perspective into field paleontology over time.

Following in the footsteps of Andrews, AMNH paleontologists, Mike Novacek and Mark Norell, have been making annual expeditions to the Gobi every summer since 1990.  Some of the greatest dinosaur fossils ever found have come from the Gobi.  Collapsing sand dunes quickly and completely covered whole communities of animals, preserving them until the skeletons are exposed today by erosion.  One of the most dramatic sequences in the film features a Velociraptor and a Protoceratops locked in mortal combat as a sand dune sweeps over them and kills them.  The famous fossil of these fighting dinosaurs shows that they died in a deadly embrace, claws and jaws still grasping at each other.  Great dinosaur moments like these, actual fossilized stories, are brought back to life through state-of-the-art CGI.

Dinosaurs Alive will also introduce audiences to the breakthrough discoveries taking place under the towering red sandstone buttes and rock chimneys in northern New Mexico.  Since the 1940s, AMNH scientists have uncovered excellent specimens at the mysterious Ghost Ranch, where erosion has cut down through the many levels of sediment to expose fossils of the earliest dinosaurs from the Triassic Period, some 230 million years ago.  At that time reptiles still ruled the earth and dinosaurs were actually modest in size—no larger than a cat, dog, or human.  Dinosaurs exploded in diversity and size during the later Jurassic Period.  Scientists have recently discovered a “monster” buried near Ghost Ranch.  It was a long-necked sauropod called Seismosaurus—meaning ‘thunder lizard’—that was a massive 121 feet long.  In the film, audiences will witness this behemoth thundering about on screen, in stark contrast to the more diminutive Triassic dinosaurs.

Finally, in an exciting development captured by our cameras, Novacek and Norell, travel to the site and inspect an extraordinary discovery made by AMNH graduate students — one of the oldest dinosaurs ever found in North America.  The film will show how the fossil was discovered, protected in a plaster jacket, carefully removed from the rock, and studied at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  Dinosaurs Alive shows how new scientific insights are sometimes built from previous discoveries, and each new generation of paleontologists continues the legacy of people like Roy Chapman Andrews.

Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia
2007
40

If it weren’t for a series of cataclysmic events; a comet impact being first on the list, our planet could still be the domain of dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs fascinate us so much, that many people wish they were among us.  Fortunately, Dinosaurs 3D will be the closest thing to actually being in the presence of these extraordinary creatures.  Deeply rooted in science, the film carries the audience back in time to witness these amazing beasts come to life.

Meet the largest living animals to have ever walked the Earth: the titanesque plant-eating Argentinosaur, and its nemesis, the Giganotosaur, a bipedal carnivore, that could easily challenge the famous T-Rex!

Dive!
2007
26, 14

Dive! is a stereoscopic 3D digital theater experience for aquariums, science and maritime museums that will inspire children and young adults to follow their sense of adventure and discovery.  This 22 minute high-definition 3D film combines computer graphics and live-action to literally take the audience along for the ride as a unique expedition of ‘Citizen Explorers’ voyage in submarines to the bottom of the ocean.

Dolphins
2000
40

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.  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 remarkable intelligence.

Easter Island
2012
6

Timescapes of the remote and mysterious Easter Island from award-winning director Ikuo Nakamura.  Experience the world-famous moai in stunning 4K.

Egypt Unwrapped
2008
8 x 50 min

A major eight-part series following experts using the latest research and modern techniques to unravel Egypt’s greatest mysteries.  With special access to sites across the country, the series travels from the pyramids and Sphinx in Giza and Saqqara down to the Valley of the Kings near Luxor and the great rock temples of Abu Simbel in southern Egypt.  The series investigates the origins of Egyptian civilisation and the real history behind the legend of the Scorpion King, uses CT scans and facial reconstruction to try to identify the Screaming Man mummy, and reveals new insights into Egypt’s great figures including Ramses II, Alexander The Great, and Cleopatra.

El Milagro
2014
56

El Milagro is a makeshift town surrounding a landfill where over 30,000 people live.  Hundreds of children are forced to work there amidst terrible health and environmental conditions.  With the help of Diego, an 11-year-old local boy, a film crew tries to expose the hazards the children are subjected to in one of the cities with largest numbers of working children in the world.  While doing so, the team itself will be exposed to danger.

Evolutionary Mayhem: The Flightless Birds of the Galapagos
2016
52

The Galapagos Islands are home to a treasure trove of creatures that have gone through unique evolutionary adaptations.  One of the most extraordinary is the flightless cormorant, an endangered species.  These birds can swim and hunt on water, but because their wings are so small, they are the only cormorants among 30 or so species in the world that cannot fly.  Life on land is a series of challenges for them.  The parents use their small wings to protect their young against the scorching sun and predators.  However, once in the water, they are unbeatable.  Using intricate moves, they display impeccable hunting skills.  For the first time ever, cameras capture their tireless efforts to survive on a desolate, lava covered island.

Extraordinary Humans
2015
10 x 60 min

If you think that people with ‘extraordinary’ abilities are only in comic books or in Hollywood movies — then think again.  Living amongst us are people who have amazing abilities that seemingly defy explanation.

In each episode we meet 2 real life super humans — we explore their world: their family, their friends, how they discovered their amazing powers, and we build up to them pushing their abilities to the very limits of what they are able to achieve.

We also put our characters under the microscope by challenging them to a variety of revealing, scientific tests in order to discover whether or not they are for real, highly trained or mutant individuals.

Extreme
1999
45

Extreme combines incredible extreme sport action with narration by the athletes and an eclectic, contemporary soundtrack.  Extreme features 6 nature based sports; Big Wave Surfing, Ice Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding, Windsurfing, and Rock Climbing.  The best extreme sport athletes in the world facing the most intimidating elements of nature provide a unique glimpse into the relationship between nature and humanity.

Fascinating India
2013
1 x 91 min, 2 x 45 min

A fascinating journey to the motherland of spirituality: India – an ancient civilization, mythical and mysterious, infinitely rich in tradition, architecture, culture, and religion.

Fascinating India spreads an impressive panorama of India’s historical and contemporary world.  The film presents the most important cities, royal residences, and temple precincts.  It follows the trail of different religious denominations which have influenced India up to the present day.

The film deals with the highlights of everyday life in India.  In Varanasi, people burn their dead to ashes.  At the Kumbh Mela, the biggest religious gathering of the world, 35 million pilgrims bathe in holy River Ganges.  This is the first time India is presented in such an alluring and engaging manner on screen.

Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag
2004
48, 24

John Stratton is a young American fighter pilot who flies the F-15 Eagle, arguably the most potent and successful fighter plane ever built.  His grandfather was a decorated World War II flying ace, and he intended to follow in his footsteps.

At Red Flag, the international training exercise for air forces of allied countries, many of the world’s best pilots meet for the most challenging flying of their careers.  Red Flag is the final training for pilots and their aircrews before being sent into actual combat.  We follow our young pilot as he makes his way through this extraordinary event held in the desert of Nevada.  He is amazed at how complex, challenging and dangerous the exercises are.

He begins to notice team members who were not a part of his childhood vision of heroism, the support team crucial to a successful mission, and to a safe return home.  In the aerial combat exercises, there are other pilots who aren’t out just to prove themselves, they are helping him — watching his back.  And he is doing the same for them.  He begins to realize that being a hero is not quite as simple as he once might have thought.

Finding Life After 55
2014
58

Based on a novel by the popular author Ryu Murakami, this drama comprises five separate stories about five middle-aged persons trying to make a fresh start.  Finding spouse, re-entering the workforce, and family breakups; these are ordinary events in the lives of ordinary people as they face their anxieties and take action toward finding a new path.

Fire Ants: The Invincible Army
48

For more than 80 years, fire ants have raged havoc across the United States, racking up six billion dollars every year in crop damage, equipment repair, and pest control.  They have conquered more than 320 million acres in 13 U.S. states and killed at least 80 people.  Embolden, they march on to conquer the world … Now, scientists are cracking the ants’ ancient secrets to success, enlisting crime scene forensics to track it, and breeding winged assassins to hunt them down.  Directed by Award-winning filmmaker Michael Watchulonis and shot in stunning 3D macro photography – you will never look at an ant the same way again.

Flamenco Passion
2015
13 x 50 min

The best shows of flamenco, for the first time in 4K.  Recorded live and multi-camera.  A very ambitious musical program in 4K that is to be witness the latest figures of dancing, guitar playing, and singing.  The most brilliant stars of a new generation of artists that already are bringing new winds to this old performing art, sharing their touch with the seasoned figures on the most important theaters in Spain.  Also Flamenco Fashion takes place in this series, with the most fashionable dresses and unique designs presented at international fashion shows.

Flats
83

In 2015 Nigel embarked on a journey with a group of friends to realise a dream of laying down a record at the DLRA salt flat speed trials on Lake Gardiner, South Australia.  Flats captures the passion, persistence, adventure, and heartache that played out during their journey, against the backdrop of some of the most beautiful and rugged landscapes of Australia.  Offering stunning 4K production values and a story that is guaranteed to inspire, enlighten and entertain audiences.

Flight of the Aquanaut
1992
35

Flight of the Aquanaut is set against startling undersea vistas and tells a gripping tale of a diver’s voyage into danger.  Equipped with a self-propelled, one-atmosphere “hard suit,” the aquanaut sweeps viewers along on a dramatic science adventure.

Flight of the Butterflies
2012
44

What weighs half a gram and travels thousands of kilometers every year?

Every winter, the remote and mountainous volcanic forests of Mexico are home to one of nature’s greatest gatherings – hundreds of millions of migrating monarch butterflies weathering the winter.  For centuries this miracle was hidden from all but a few.  When it was revealed to the world it was hailed as one of the greatest discoveries in nature.  It also unveiled the longest insect migration on Earth.

We follow the captivating story of Dana (Danaus Plexippus) and her descendants as they make the perilous return journey from Mexico to Canada.  How do these tiny and iconic creatures travel so far and know where to go each year to a place they have never been?  This epic natural history saga is interwoven with the fascinating detective story and a determined scientist’s almost 40 year search to find their amazing overwintering sites.

Flower Power
2012
22

They are everywhere.  Flowers by the billions.  They drink, move, compete and some even eat bugs.  A brilliantly colorful and bright adventure through the science of flowers.  You will fly over some of the world’s largest flower fields and see how this amazing life-form covers our fields and gardens while simultaneously cleaning our air and tickling our senses.

Fuzzy Baby Animals
2010
22

Fuzzy Baby Animals is a 20 minute 3D documentary which features an assortment of animals in cute, cuddly, infant form.  Spectacular visuals are coupled with furry little critters to create a riveting, heart-melting picture the entire family will enjoy.

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