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Extreme Weather, the New IMAX Film, Opens November 11 at the Fleet

An Astonishing Film About Raging Wildfires, Melting Glaciers and Swirling Tornadoes and How These Powerful Forces Are Colliding

November 01, 2016

San Diego—The Fleet Science Center presents an immersive new giant screen film experience that brings audiences face-to-face with Mother Nature at her most dangerous. From National Geographic, Extreme Weather opens at the Fleet on Friday, November 11, 2016, in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater

Filmmakers capture the action on the front lines of our planet's changing climate. Witness massive chunks of ice shear off of Alaska's melting glaciers with explosive force. In the Midwest, storm chasers risk their lives to capture important data that helps us understand fierce and deadly tornadoes. And in drought-ravaged California, embed with courageous first-response firefighters working to contain raging infernos.

Directed and filmed by Sean Casey (star of Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers," director of "Tornado Alley" and cinematographer for "Forces of Nature"), Extreme Weather showcases breathtaking cinematography reflecting Casey's lifelong immersion in the world of giant-screen nature documentaries.

"I've always had a fascination with weather," said Casey. "For this film, we wanted to go into the field and capture incredible imagery. The 150-foot flames, the 400-foot wall of ice falling, the tornadoes—there's a majesty to all of that. The way I see it, Extreme Weather lives at the crossroads of beauty and destruction."

Narrated by Emmy Award®-winning actor Michael C. Hall ("Dexter," "Six Feet Under"), Extreme Weather features insights from experts, including National Geographic Emerging Explorer Dr. Erin Pettit and Oklahoma tornado researcher Justin Walker, demonstrating how climate change is rapidly affecting our land, oceans and atmosphere. The film unveils the surprising linkages between these three areas, demonstrating how a small change in one place can have large effects elsewhere and produce natural disasters as ruinous as they are spectacular.

For more information on Extreme Weather, including show times, please visit:

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Extreme Weather is available for public screenings, school and group reservations or private screenings at the Fleet Science Center beginning November 11, 2016. 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

If you would like to arrange a private screening of the film, please contact the Special Events Department at (619) 685-5729 or Tickets for public screenings are on sale now at the Fleet ticket counter and at

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Additional Links:

For more information on Extreme Weather, visit:

For a current film schedule, please visit:

The film trailer is available to view on YouTube:

Press photos:

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To schedule a special press screening of Extreme Weather or an interview with the filmmaker, Sean Casey, please contact Fleet Science Center Public Relations Manager Nathan Young at 619-685-5743 or

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Media Interviews

The Fleet is pleased to have director Sean Casey available for interview in conjunction with the film.

Sean Casey

Storm chaser, acclaimed filmmaker (Storm Chasers, Tornado Alley, Forces of Nature) and Producer/Director of Extreme Weather.

Sean Casey, the producer and director of Extreme Weather, is a noted IMAX filmmaker, creator of the Tornado Intercept Vehicle and star of Discovery Channel's hit television series Storm Chasers. His most recent IMAX film, the award-winning Tornado Alley, has played across the globe to critical acclaim and packed houses. Past large-format credits include Forces of Nature, Amazing Journeys, Alaska: Spirit of the Wild (Oscar nominated) and Africa: the Serengeti.

Casey's drive and determination to make groundbreaking large-format films has been honed through years of traveling the world, filming nature's most challenging and spectacular events. From great white sharks feeding off the Southern Australian coast to massive wildfires in California and hurricanes off the Gulf Coast, he has experienced and filmed it all, sharing his wonder of the world with audiences around the planet.

Sean Casey graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in film studies and pursued post-grad studies at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Sean has appeared on such programs as Mythbusters, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, CNN, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fox and Friends, Larry King Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, All Things Considered and many more. In 2008, Sean was named one of the "50 Best Brains in Science" by Discover Magazine, and in 2013, he gave a TED talk about his experiences in extreme filmmaking. The TIV and Sean are also currently appearing in Goodyear Tires' new ad campaign.

Sean's energy and behind-the-scenes stories make for great interviews across all mediums.

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You're invited to the Premiere!

Members of the media are invited to join us for our premiere party for Extreme Weather on Thursday, November 10, from 6 to 8:30 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 director Sean Casey 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 Extreme Weather, please RSVP to Nathan Young, Fleet Science Center Public Relations and Promotions Manager, at 619-685-5743 or Space is limited. RSVP by Monday, November 7, 2016.

Or RSVP via the link:

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About National Geographic Partners

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic's media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children's media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit


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
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