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To the Arctic opens April 20 at Maritime Aquarium

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A polar bear lays low in a scene shot in Churchill, Canada, in a scene for the new IMAX movie “To the Arctic,” opening April 20 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Get details at www.maritimeaquarium.org. Photo Credit: © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
NORWALK, CT - Follow along as a mother polar bear tries to raise her two cubs in a harsh world that is only getting harsher in “To the Arctic,” a new IMAX movie opening Fri., April 20 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

“We think audiences will love the compelling story of this polar bear family and the film’s call for environmental conservation,” said Chris Loynd, the Aquarium’s marketing director. “Plus the cinematography is stunning, the film is eloquently narrated by Meryl Streep and it has great music by Paul McCartney. We’re also very excited to offer it at The Maritime Aquarium as part of its worldwide release.”

From April 20-May 10, “To the Arctic” will play at 11 a.m. and 1, 3 & 5 p.m. daily in Connecticut’s largest IMAX theater, with a screen that’s six stories high. From May 11-Sept. 3, “To the Arctic” will show at 1, 3 & 5 p.m. daily. (Times are subject to change. Before you come, always call ahead or look online, at www.maritimeaquarium.org.)

”To the Arctic” is a story of love, family and survival in the harshest place on Earth. It documents several animal families, including a mother polar bear fiercely determined to keep her 7-month-old twin cubs alive in the face of natural predators and a rapidly changing climate. Through the film, audiences also will: travel with a pounding herd of caribou that journeys for miles to their calving ground; plunge into the ethereal underwater world of waltzing walruses; and nearly see their breath as they gaze across snow-bound peaks and a vast expanse of the Arctic Ocean, an exquisite spectacle of sapphire white.

A herd of walruses cools off in the Rankin Inlet of Baffin Island, Canada, in a scene from “To the Arctic,” a new IMAX movie opening April 20 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Get details at www.maritimeaquarium.org. Photo Credit: © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
IMAX is the world’s largest film format. Outstanding image clarity and the enormous screen size, combined with The Maritime Aquarium’s 12,000-watt surround-sound audio system, results in an sensory thrill that is so unique that it’s been trademarked: “the IMAX Experience®.”

Five years in the making, “To the Arctic” was directed by Greg MacGillivray, whose previous films – including “Everest” and the Academy Award-nominees “The Living Sea” and “Dolphins” – have been among the most popular ever at The Maritime Aquarium.

“I’ve wanted to make a film about the Arctic for a long time,” MacGillivray said in a released statement. “I was still unprepared for what I found in the far North. Everything exists on a grand scale and the sky seems to stretch into eternity.”

However, he said, with average temperatures in the Arctic rising two times faster than anywhere else, the region’s once-permanent ice pack is shrinking and may not exist by 2050. Such a reality would affect more than polar bears, so MacGillivray’s response was to establish the One World One Ocean Foundation to create awareness and support for the protection of the planet’s oceans.

A mother polar bear works to protect and raise her 7-month-old cubs in “To the Arctic,” a new IMAX movie opening April 20 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Get details at www.maritimeaquarium.org. Photo Credit: © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
“Just as Jacques Cousteau opened people’s eyes to the beauty of the ocean, we are trying to open their hearts and minds through IMAX films,” MacGillivray said.

“To the Arctic” is 40 minutes long and being released as a production of Warner Bros. Pictures, IMAX Filmed Entertainment and MacGillivray Freeman Films.
Tickets for “To the Arctic” are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+ and $6.50 for children 2-12. To include a visit into The Maritime Aquarium with “To the Arctic,” tickets are $19.45 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and $14.45 for children 2-12.

Also playing in the Aquarium’s IMAX Theater April 20-May 10 are “Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World” at 2 & 4 p.m. on weekdays and at noon & 4 p.m. on weekends; “Search for the Great Sharks” at 2 p.m. on weekends; and “Born to Be Wild” at noon on weekdays.

Scheduled daily with “To the Arctic” from May 11-June 28 are: “Sea Rex” at 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.; “Born to Be Wild” at noon; and “Search for the Great Sharks” at 2 p.m.

Learn more, view the “To the Arctic” film trailer or reserve tickets at www.maritimeaquarium.org. Or call (203) 852-0700.

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