Kilauea: Mountain of Fire

About

Kilauea continually molds Hawaii’s Big Island. Creating new land, shaping ancient forests and carving tunnels through the earth, the volcano fascinates a dedicated group of scientists and filmmakers who follow its every action. Using innovative new imaging technologies to map the magma chamber, following the lava’s heat along its journey underground, and listening to the constant noises of its movements, geologists map the shifting liquid earth as they work to understand its awesome force.

Ejecting fire, molten rock, giant boulders and poisonous gases, the volcano can be a hazard for researchers, homeowners, plants and animals, but it doesn’t just leave destruction in its wake. Twists and turns in the lava’s flow leave some patches of original ecosystems, called kipukas, undisturbed. These oases of life provide a haven to many rare creatures — including the Hawaiian state bird, the Nene — but remain in constant danger from the volcano and from invasive species. Below the surface, inactive lava tubes provide homes for many unique species of darkness-loving creatures called troglobites.

At the end of its journey, the lava meets the ocean. Braving an extremely hot sea, filmmakers record the birth of new land and the incredible phenomenon of pillow lava – a bizarre and truly magical sight to behold.

Violent and beautiful, destructive and creative, Kilauea: Mountain of Fire explores the incredible power of the volcano and the challenges of life in its shadow.

Kilauea: Mountain of Fire premieres Sunday, March 29 on PBS.

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Television Credits

Narrated By
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Produced By
KEVIN BACHAR

Written By
JONATHAN GRUPPER

Editor
JIM ISLER

Cinematographers
PAUL ATKINS
MARK GERASIMENKO

Field Producer
JOEY ALLEN

Additional Cinematography
MIKE MAY
TOM PIOZET

Associate Producer
RYAN DOYLE

Sound Recordists
GRACE ATKINS
RYAN DOYLE

Production Assistants
VSEVOLOD ULITZKY
MARK WHEELER
CHRIS DUDLEY

Post Production Supervisor
JOSH KANUCK

Assistant Editor
BILLY SONG

Loggers
JANELLE HICIANO
AMANDA SHEPLEE

Re-Recording Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Online Editor
JOSH KANUCK

Colorist
IRA SCHWEITZER

Special Thanks
JIM KAUAHIKAUA
USGS HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY
HAWAI’I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
MARDIE LANE
DR. GEORGE H. BALAZS
BENJAMIN A. BROOKS, Ph.D.
HARRY SHICK
CAL DORN AND PARADISE HELICOPTERS
DAVID OKITA AND VOLCANO HELICOPTERS
THE BIG ISLAND FILM OFFICE
HAWAI’I STATE FILM OFFICE
JACK JEFFREY
PAUL C. BANKO, Ph.D.
MIKE MOORE AND THE USGS WESTERN REGION LIBRARY
GRS SYSTEMS INC.

Music Supervisor
JIM ISLER

Music
PUMP MUSIC LIBRARY

Stock Footage
JIM DENNY
MOANA PRODUCTIONS
VOLCANO VIDEO PRODUCTIONS

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producers
IRENE TEJARATCHI HESS
JILL CLARKE

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
JAYNE JUN

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Online Editor
DAVID NOLING

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

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Web Credits

Producer
TANNER VEA

Production Assistance
DIANA COFRESÍ-TERRERO
ELIZABETH McGOVERN
CHIE WITT

Designer
JOY WEEENG

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Creative Director
NICK MILLER

Director of Digital Strategy
DAVID HIRMES

Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Writer for "Hawaii's Vulnerable Biodiversity" and "Interview: Milton Garces"
ANGELA SAKRISON

Writer for "Introduction" and "Interactive Map"
ELIZABETH McGOVERN

Photos for “Introduction” by Joey Allen © WNET.ORG.  Photo for “Ask the Producer” courtesy of Kevin Bachar. Other images from Kilauea: Mountain of Fire.

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