The 3D movie The Last Reef, which explores the planet’s vanishing coral reefs, has been nominated in two categories of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Competition: Best Immersive 3D/Large Format and Best Original Musical Score. The Film Competition is part of the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and is considered to be the Oscars of nature filmmaking. Winners will be announced on September 26. The Last Reef is showing in our 3D theater daily through September 9.
Future Weather is about a 13-year-old loner passionate about nature and worried about global warming. Her grandmother, is a fiery nurse jaded by alcohol and disappointment. When Lauduree is abruptly abandoned by her dreamer single mom, she decides to take survival into her own hands, forcing her and Greta to rethink their futures.
On March 5, come join NYSCI’s Liz Slagus along with Flora Lichtman (NPR’s Science Friday), Molly Webster (WNYC’s “Radiolab”), and Future Weather director Jenny Deller discuss Bringing Science to the People.
Stay tuned for an upcoming Explainer TV interview with the film’s director.
To capture the extraordinary, first-of-a-kind footage in Tornado Alley, director Sean Casey not only had to learn how to enter a tornado, he had to design a vehicle that could take him there. It was a tricky proposition, considering tornadoes have the power to pick up locomotives and hurl cars through the air-carrying them over distances of up to a mile. In 2002, Casey sketched out a design (which, he says, looked “remarkably similar to the spaceships I drew when I was twelve”), taught himself how to weld, and, that summer, work on the original tornado intercept vehicle began. The TIV, as it is known, was built for one express purpose: to house and shuttle Casey’s camera (he and his crew call it “an armored tripod on wheels”). He created a military-style filming turret, inside of which he maneuvers much like a tank gunner, only he’s shooting film instead of ammunition and his range is 360 degrees. Featured prominently in the film Tornado Alley, TIV 2 weighs 14,000 pounds and has a top speed of over 100 mphâ€”not bad, but still a little sluggish if you’re being chased by an EF5 tornado.