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In addition to its weekly science documentary programs on PBS, NOVA has created a production unit, NOVA Giant Screen Films, that is dedicated to making high quality giant-screen films for IMAX® theaters at museums, cultural institutions, and commercial venues worldwide.

Since 1985, NOVA Giant Screen Films has produced or co-produced six giant-screen films, including the critically acclaimed Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure and the Academy Award® Nominee, Special Effects.

NOVA's newest giant-screen film, Pompeii, is currently in development.

Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure

Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure

Winner, 2001 Awards for Best Film and Best Cinematography, Giant Screen Theater Association

Winner, 2001 Grand Prize, 7th Annual Festival of La Geode, Paris, France


This film, sponsored by Morgan Stanley, tells the extraordinary true story of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated 1914-1916 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. While never accomplishing its goal of the first crossing of the Antarctic continent, this expedition has become a larger-than-life testament to heroism and human endurance, with all 28 men surviving two years in the barren, frigid Antarctic when their ship, the Endurance, was caught in pack ice and eventually crushed. The Chicago Tribune called it "the finest IMAX film yet," and since its premiere in February 2001, the film has been listed as one of Variety's Top 60 box-office hits.

The film is a co-production of White Mountain Films and NOVA/WGBH Boston.

For a list of theaters showing the film, or to order a copy on DVD or VHS, visit the official Web site, Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure.

To learn more about the making of the film, go to NOVA's Web site, Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance.

Island of the Sharks

Island of the Sharks

Winner, Jury Prize, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

Winner, Best Natural History Film, Japan Film Festival

Winner, Cine Golden Eagle


Island of the Sharks is a tropical Pacific paradise where beauty and danger co-exist beneath the waves. Otherwise known as Cocos Island, this underwater mountain is a migratory gathering place for a dazzling array of sea creatures, including sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, and dolphins. Boasting the world's highest concentration of large marine predators, its waters teem with white-tip, hammerhead, black-tip, and silky sharks. A thrilling underwater adventure filled with mystery and wonder, Island of the Sharks is a destination not to be missed.

The film is a co-production of NOVA/WGBH Boston, Howard Hall Productions with the New England Aquarium, with major support from the National Science Foundation. Sponsored by Yahoo!

To find out more about sharks and the making of the film, visit the NOVA Web site, Island of the Sharks.

For a list of theaters showing the Island of Sharks, visit the IMAX Web site.

Mysteries of Egypt

Mysteries of Egypt


Mysteries of Egypt transports audiences to a distant time and place where the Nile River Valley cuts an emerald swath through the desert sands. With its dedicated team of scientists, Mysteries of Egypt explores the magnificent architectural feats, awe-inspiring legends, and amazing history of the ancient Egyptian civilization. Float down the lush Nile and soar over the Valley of the Kings, as stars Omar Sharif and Kate Maberly (The Secret Garden) explore the latest discoveries and uncover many of the mysteries that surround these ancient peoples.

The film is a production of National Geographic and Destination Cinema in association with NOVA/WGBH Boston.

For more information about Mysteries of Egypt, visit Destination Cinema.

Special Effects......Anything Can Happen

Special Effects

Academy Award® Nominee, Best Documentary Short Subject


Director Ben Burtt, winner of numerous Academy Awards for sound design, takes viewers behind the scenes during the making of Star Wars Special Edition, Independence Day, Jumanji, and Kazaam! with Shaquille O'Neal. The film explores the fun and the science of special effects by looking at key concepts in perception to explain how the filmmakers achieve their illusions.

The film is a production of NOVA/WGBH Boston, with major support from the National Science Foundation. Sponsored by Silicon Graphics.

For more information about Special Effects, visit the Imax Web site.



Winner, Cine Golden Eagle


Stormchasers is a tale of scientific discovery and natural wonder that takes audiences on a journey around the planet to encounter the origins of the Earth's weather patterns and to experience our most extreme storms, including monsoons, hurricanes, blizzards, and tornadoes. The film depicts the intricate relationship between the drama of nature and the efforts of humans to pursue the systematic understanding of the natural world.

The film is by MacGillivary Freeman Films and is a production of Museum Film Network and NOVA/WGBH Boston, with major support from the National Science Foundation.

For more information about the film, visit Stormchasers and MacGillivray Films.

To the Limit

To the Limit

Winner, Grand Prize, 2nd Annual Festival de la Geode, Paris, France


To The Limit features three athletes—a rock climber, ski racer, and a prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet company. The spectacular feats performed by these athletes are interwoven with film footage showing the marvelous workings of the human body as it changes and adapts to meet the demands placed on it. To the Limit celebrates our understanding of the human body as well as our quest to continually improve ourselves.

The film is by MacGillivary Freeman Films and is a production of Museum Film Network and NOVA/WGBH Boston.

For more information about the film, visit MacGillivray Films.

For more information about NOVA Giant Screen Films, contact:

Bing Broderick
WGBH Enterprises
1 Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135,
Tel. 617-300-4014
Fax 617-300-1050
e-mail: bing_broderick at wgbh dot org


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