The Smithsonian Associates & Earthwatch Institute & Giant Screen Cinema Association

2009 Earthwatch Institute Film Award

An IMAX Film

WILD OCEAN (USA, 2008, 40 min.)

Each year an unbelievable feeding frenzy takes place in the oceans off South Africa as billions of sardines migrate up the Kwazulu-Natal Coast. Wild Ocean captures spectacular breaching whales, feeding sharks, diving gannets, and massive bait balls inside and up close on the giant screen. The migration has provided an annual food source for both life in the sea and the people living along the African shores for countless generations. The film demonstrates how business, government and the local people have joined forces to protect this invaluable ecological resource. This documentary immerses audiences in an epic underwater struggle for survival and reveals the economic and cultural impact the migration has on coastal communities. Directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas. Produced by Don Kempf, Steve Kempf and David Marks.

Discussion with Philippe Cousteau Jr., Oceanographer and President and CEO of EarthEcho International, Dr. Clapperton Mavhunga, Earthwatch Scientist and MIT Professor, Edward Wilson, President and CEO of Earthwatch Institute, and Wild Ocean Directors Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas follows screening. 

Ticket/Reservation Info:


National Museum of Natural History, Johnson IMAX Theater,

10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW (METRO: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian)

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