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Filmmakers Document the “Weirdness” of Marine Garbage on the Gyre Expedition

On June 6 through 13, a team of scientists, artists, and filmmakers explored remote beaches of Alaska, to assess the impact of debris washing out of the great gyres, or currents, in the Pacific Ocean. Called the Gyre Expedition, the project was launched by the Alaska SeaLife Center and the Anchorage Museum. The multidisciplinary team…

“Borrego Stardance” Timelapse Shows Beauty of Desert Sky

Gavin Heffernan, the filmmaker behind the mesmerizing timelapse “Death Valley Dreamlapse,” has released a new video, “Borrego Stardance” (also view above). This new gem was shot in Borrego Springs, California, a small desert town surrounded by the 600,000-acre Anzo-Borrego State Park. (It’s roughly three hours south of Los Angeles.) Via email, Heffernan said, “In addition…

Chasing Ice: Photographer James Balog on a Glacial Adventure

Inspired by an Arctic assignment for National Geographic, photographer James Balog chronicled disappearing glaciers through a three-year, three-million-dollar project called the Extreme Ice Survey that resulted in the new film Chasing Ice. He spoke to Pop Omnivore about the surprising drama and otherworldly beauty of glaciers—and about confronting the reality of climate change.

The Latest Buzz From Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini has played a salmon, a duck, a squid—and now a bee. In a new series of short films that expand her body of educational work on the lives of animals, the actress and model imagined a conversation with bees to help create buzz about the plight of pollinators.

Women Hold Up Half the Sky—and Some Amazing Films

This weekend, National Geographic’s All Roads Film Project presents the film series, Women Hold Up Half the Sky, notable films by award-winning female directors, screening at NG headquarters in Washington, D.C. Here are previews of three of the films, “My Wedding and Other Secrets,” “Here I Am,” and “A Small Act.”

Why Movies Like Oscar-Winning ‘Undefeated’ Make Grown Men (and Women) Cry

The newly minted Oscar winner for best documentary, Undefeated, has left many critics gushing—with praise, but also tears. The true-life sports tale follows a struggling high school football team in a poor area of Memphis, Tennessee, whose fortunes begin to turn under the guidance of a devoted and determined coach. The emotional story has reduced…

David Attenborough Takes On Flying Monsters

Join Sir David Attenborough for a LIVE interview on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday” today, September 30 at 2 pm ET. Attenborough and host Ira Flatow will discuss the North American launch of “Flying Monsters 3D,” recent findings surrounding pterosaurs, and Sir David’s illustrious career. In the meantime, watch the trailer, read a Q&A, and see photos from the film.

All Roads Film Festival: Sneak Peek

The 2011 All Roads Film Festival arrives at National Geographic headquarters today and continues through the weekend, celebrating indigenous cultures with film screenings, directors’ discussions and photo exhibits. Here’s a glimpse of what’s around the bend, courtesy of NGM staffers and interns who got a sneak peek: 1. NAME OF FILM: Benda Bilili! WHEN TO…

Best. Sci-Fi Music. Ever?

As mentioned in a previous post, this past Saturday I was a guest of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Virginia for their presentation of The Planets in HD. The show combines the music of Gustav Holst’s The Planets—played live by the National Symphony Orchestra—with some amazing high-definition imagery and animations from…