Illinois-based producer-distributor Giant Screen Films has partnered with image provider Tandem Stills + Motion to bring Pacific Ocean marine life to IMAX screens across the globe.
Directed by nature photographer Ian Shive, the tentatively titled Hidden Pacific will examine the conservation efforts attempting to restore and protect the remote national wildlife refuge islands and marine national monuments of the Pacific, while also exploring their respective ecosystems.
Principal photography on the film was recently completed at Palmyra Atoll, within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, and Midway Atoll, located within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
The film will provide insight into the history of these two atolls, from the WWII Pacific Theater to their present environmental recovery and ecological research initiatives.
Hidden Pacific is produced in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and affiliated organizations, which provided the filmmakers with exclusive access to the bio-secure islands and marine monuments.
Production is slated to wrap in April with an anticipated release scheduled for late 2017.
“These special places, and the dedicated research teams that live and work on these remote outposts, provide an abundance of scientific information,” said Tandem Stills + Motion founder Ian Shive in a statement. “Sharing this knowledge with audiences, building awareness about these important monuments, is our mission with this project.”