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The Fleet Science Center presents Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

This new Giant Screen film erupts in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater on Friday, November 9.

October 24, 2018

Carsten Peter views a lava lake, which are contained within a volcano vent.

Carsten Peter views a lava lake, which are contained within a volcano vent.
A mass of molten lava oozes from an erupting vent.

A mass of molten lava oozes from an erupting vent.
National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter stands near a volcano erupting smoke and steam.

National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter stands near a volcano erupting smoke and steam.
There are more than 500 active volcanoes on Earth.

There are more than 500 active volcanoes on Earth.

San Diego, CA—The Fleet Science Center is excited to announce that Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation, an SK Films Release of a Digital Crossing Films production in association with the Giant Dome Theater Consortium, makes its California premiere in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater on Friday, November 9.

Earth is home to more than 500 active volcanoes. This amazing new film, Volcanoes, follows intrepid explorer Carsten Peter as he dodges boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descends to a boiling lava lake in Vanuatu and visits incredible acid ponds, geysers and mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia. The film takes moviegoers across the globe to see the archeological ghost town of Pompeii, hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean and the devastating effects of the 2018 Kilauea eruption in Hawaii. 

“We are thrilled to present this electrifying and educational story of Volcanoes,” says Wendy MacKeigan, CEO of SK Films. “Audiences will see volcanoes up close and personal, like never before on the giant screen. This film will take them to places they would normally not be able to go.”

“We often think of volcanoes as being destructive, but they also can build new land and they play a beneficial role on the planet,” shares Volcanoes’ director and producer, Michael Dalton-Smith. “There are dozens of volcanoes erupting each day, from the bottom of the ocean to mountain peaks. To witness one in action is both beautiful and awe-inspiring. Most importantly, I hope that the audience will come away with a better understanding of the forces that shaped the world we know today.”

Audiences will be captivated as they discover molten worlds and exploding craters in this adrenaline-filled, immersive experience that only Giant Screen films can provide.

Volcanoes opens at the Fleet Science Center on Friday, November 9, with multiple shows daily. For more information on Volcanoes, including show times, please visit: www.fleetscience.org/shows/volcanoes.

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation has been generously sponsored and presented locally by The Shiley Foundation.


Volcanoes is available for public screenings, school and group reservations or private screenings at the Fleet Science Center beginning November 9, 2018. Reservations can be made by contacting the Fleet Science Center directly at (619) 238-1233. For school or group reservations, please contact the Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 or ClientServices@rhfleet.org.

To support the international release of Volcanoes, a teacher-approved and student-tested Educator Guide is available for free on the film website. The Volcanoes Educator Guide is suitable for primary grades K-8 and supports the Next Generation Science Standards and National Common Core Math Standards. The Educator Guide can be used to accompany the film or as a stand-alone education tool. All educational materials are available to download for free on www.volcanoesfilm.com/education.


To schedule an interview or a media preview of Volcanoes, please contact Fleet Science Center Communications Manager Karla Nafarrate at 619-685-5743 or knafarrate@rhfleet.org. The Fleet Science Center is pleased to have the star of the film, photographer Carsten Peter, available for media interviews on Wednesday and Thursday, November 7 and 8.

Carsten Peter

Carsten Peter is a World Press Photo award winner and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine who specializes in going to extremes, including scuba diving in a glacier on Mont Blanc, crossing the Sahara on a camel and caving in Borneo. Carsten enjoys living on the edge with his camera, searching for places where nature is still pure and where his survival will depend on his wits and his skills as a technical climber, paraglider, caver, diver and canyoneer. Carsten is enthusiastically obsessed with devising innovative photographic techniques to capture never-before-seen images from some of the scariest environments on the planet. His many adventures include braving toxic caverns and acid waterfalls to shoot within the deepest ice shafts on earth, rappelling into active volcanoes with turbulent lava lakes and superheated thermal caves and breaking altitude records while flying his motorized paraglider. In addition to his World Press award for his coverage of tornadoes while storm chasing in the American West, Carsten has received an Emmy Award for his videography from inside an active volcano in the South Pacific.



You're invited to the Premiere!

Members of the media are invited to join us for our premiere party for Volcanoes on Thursday, November 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. We will have a reception from 6 to 7 p.m., with the premiere screening of the film beginning at 7 p.m. and a dessert reception and an opportunity to meet Carsten Peter immediately after the film at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served during both receptions.

If you and a guest would like to attend the premiere party for Volcanoes, please RSVP by Friday, November 2, via the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vipmedia-premiere-of-volcanoes-the-fires-of-creation-tickets-51475190681


About SK Films:

SK Films is an award-winning content provider and a global leader in the IMAX®/Giant Screen industry. SK works across various genres and platforms, including theatrical, television and digital media, with a special emphasis on creating high impact natural history and science related content. SK has a reputation as one of the most accomplished and respected producers and distributors supplying 3D, 2D and Dome product to IMAX and other Giant Screen theatres worldwide, with a mission to entertain and inspire audiences and immerse them in the awe and wonder of the world we live in. For more information, please visit www.SKFilms.ca.

About Digital Crossing Films:

Digital Crossing Films is a natural history documentary film company that specializes in IMAX®/Giant Screen productions as well as 8K TV productions. For the past fifteen years Digital Crossing Productions has been creating exciting natural history programs for international markets, which air on Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. Two of these natural history programs—Volcanic Odysseys and Kenya Wildlife Diaries—received multiple nominations for the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards. For more information, please visit digitalcrossing.ca.  


About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.

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