Great White Shark 3D Takes Audiences up Close and Personal with World's Iconic Predator in the Giant Screen Theatre
Houston-Misrepresented, maligned and on the verge of extinction, the great white shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear. Great White Shark 3D , a film opening Aug. 26 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Giant Screen Theatre, explores the great white's place in our imaginations, in our fears and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain.
Watch the official trailer for the film here.
Three years in the making, the Great White Shark takes viewers around the world to great white hotspots: the crystal clear waters of Mexico's legendary Guadalupe Island; newly-discovered shark territory around Stewart Island off the southernmost tip of New Zealand; the bone-chilling waters of South Africa's "flying" great whites; and finally to the California coast near heavily-populated Los Angeles.
"This is a film that explores the great white's place not only in our imaginations, but in our fears," said Charlotte Brohi, Vice President of Giant Screen Operations and Productions of theHoustonMuseumof Natural Science. "It is one of those films whose title alone peaks the interests of students and families alike. However, these types of sharks are on the verge of extinction and our aim is to encourage lifelong learning about how important these and other species of the oceanic food chain are to humans."
Narrated by acclaimed stage and film actor Bill Nighy, the film examines what we know about these incredible animals through the eyes of several people whose lives and work have become inextricably linked to the great white. Great White Shark is distributed by Giant Screen Films and produced by Yes/No Productions and Liquid Pictures 3D.
To gain worldwide awareness of the plight of all sharks, Great White Shark has teamed with notable international conservation organizations Oceana and WildAid to educate viewers about the fate of sharks at the hands of Earth's greatest predator of them all-humans. For more information, visit www.greatwhitesharkfilm.com.
"Over one-third of all open-ocean shark species are endangered and up to 73 million sharks are killed by fishermen every year to make shark fin soup that is sold throughout Asia," said Peter Knights, Executive Director of WildAid. "A shark is finned and 98% of the shark is dumped back into the ocean to die."
Dr. Geoff Shester, California Program Director of Oceana, said that juvenile great whites are regularly caught as by-catch in gillnets in certain fisheries off California and Mexico, yet scientists estimate only a few hundred adult and juvenile great white sharks remain in the entire West Coast population. Oceana is working to protect this population of great whites by winning endangered species status for these sharks from the State of California and U.S. federal government.
Learn more about this incredible species when Great White Shark 3D opens in the Giant Screen Theatre. For tickets, visit www.hmns.org or call (713) 639-4629.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science-one of the nation's most heavily attended museums-is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, and the Giant Screen Theatre,CockrellButterflyCenter, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.