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New science odyssey film to inspire students

Saturday, August 12, 2017
By Raju Vernekar

The new science odyssey film “America Wild: National Parks Adventure” was launched by its director Greg Macgillivray, in the presence of a large number of students and science enthusiasts at Nehru Science Centre (NSC) at Worli in South Central Mumbai on Thursday.

On the occasion Greg spoke about his early connection with film making and how he  developed interest for making films for the big scren. He also discussed how an idea of making a film on America’s National Parks came on the occasion of 100 years of national parks services in USA. One of the goals of National Parks Adventure film is to get students excited about nature and inspire them to reconnect with nature more often.

Greg also interacted with school college students during question and answer session. Some of the questions included : “Has he taken any break from film making in last forty years?”. “ Has he climbed any mountain and what inspired him to make such giant screen film”. “How was his  experience in making of blockbuster hit movie “Everest” and what type of difficulties he faced in making that film”.  He answered the questions with passion and interest so that students could get inspiration from him about film making. He also spoke about ocean conservation and why is it important.

“America Wild: National Parks Adventure” , was voted as the best giant screen film of the year and won 2016 GSCA Achievement award in the short film category. One of the goals of the film is  to get student excited about nature and inspire them to reconnect with nature more often. This film has been acclaimed as the most visually ambitious giant-screen film to date—a film that offers not only a sweeping overview of the national parks’ history, but in equal parts adrenaline-pumping odyssey and soulful reflection on what the wilderness means to us all. The film also matches with this year’s UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development theme.

The Nehru Science Centre is the largest interactive science centre in India, located at Worli. It has a couple of screens to exhibit films. The centre is named after India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. In 1977, it started with a'Light and Sight' exhibition, and then in 1979 a Science Park was built.
On 11 November 1985 it was opened to the public by former PM Rajiv Gandhi.

The Nehru Science Centre will be organising four shows of the film daily in Hindi and English and special shows for organised groups on request. Details can be had on NSC’s website or on phone 022- 2493 2667.

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