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The Fleet Science Center presents CUBA: Journey to the Heart of the Caribbean

Opening in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater on Friday, November 15, 2019.

October 15, 2019

Sunset over Havana.
Sunset over Havana.
Interior of Gran Teatro de La Habana in Havana, home to the Cuban National Ballet.
Interior of Gran Teatro de La Habana in Havana, home to the Cuban National Ballet.
Patricia Torres practices ballet at the Cuban National Ballet School in Havana.
Patricia Torres practices ballet at the Cuban National Ballet School in Havana.
Cars in front of El Capitolio, or National Capitol Building, in Havana.
Cars in front of El Capitolio, or National Capitol Building, in Havana.
Parade float in the Carnaval of Santiago de Cuba. Santiago is the second largest city on the island.
Parade float in the Carnaval of Santiago de Cuba. Santiago is the second largest city on the island.
Cuba has many lush, uninhabited terrains all over the island. Nearly a quarter of the island is protected from development.
Cuba has many lush, uninhabited terrains all over the island. Nearly a quarter of the island is protected from development.
Jardines de la Reina is home to a marine reserve which is one of Cuba's largest protected national parks.
Jardines de la Reina is home to a marine reserve which is one of Cuba's largest protected national parks.

San Diego, CA—The Fleet Science Center is traveling to the vibrant island of Cuba with a film that beautifully captures this northern Caribbean country. Filmed exclusively for IMAX® and giant screen theaters, CUBA: Journey to the Heart of the Caribbean immerses audiences in the electrifying culture of the island and reveals why Cuba continues to stir the imagination of the world. CUBA premieres in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater on Friday, November 15, 2019.

CUBA tells the powerful story of a land preserved in time yet poised on the cusp of dramatic change. The nation’s lively culture, meticulously maintained colonial architecture and pristine ecosystems provide a colorful window into the island’s history and heart.

Audiences will be transported across breathtaking landscapes, beneath the ocean’s surface to iridescent reefs and into streets throbbing with music and dance in the heart of Havana. Through the eyes of Cuban artists, historians and scientists, the film provides an intimate look at this vivacious country.

"Cuba is so unique and fascinating. It's the architecture, the large unspoiled swaths of land and the cities; it’s a world unto itself," says director Peter Chang. "CUBA is a portrait of this country at a pivotal point in its history and this film brings to life the character and spirit of the land and people as only the giant screen can.” 

CUBA immerses audiences in the electrifying culture of the island and reveals why it continues to stir the imagination of the world. CUBA is directed by Peter Chang and produced by Golden Gate 3D, in association with BBC Earth, Giant Screen Films and the Giant Dome Theater Consortium, of which the Fleet is a member. The film is distributed worldwide to museum cinemas by Chicago-based Giant Screen Films & D3D Cinema.

CUBA is available for public screenings, school and group reservations or private screenings. For school or group reservations, please contact the Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 or ClientServices@rhfleet.org.

Those who would like to arrange a private screening of the film are welcome to contact the Fleet’s Special Events Department at (619) 685-5729 or SpecialEvents@rhfleet.org

Tickets for public screenings are on sale now at the Fleet’s ticket counter and at www.fleetscience.org.

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Media Interviews

To schedule a special press screening of CUBA or an interview with a representative from the film or the Fleet Science Center, please contact Fleet Science Center Communications Manager Karla Nafarrate at (619) 685-5743 or knafarrate@rhfleet.org

The Fleet is pleased to have CUBA’s Director, Peter Chang, available for interview in conjunction with the film on Thursday and Friday, November 14 and 15.

Peter H. Chang—Director, Producer, Cinematographer

Peter H. Chang is an award-winning director, producer and cinematographer based in San Francisco, California. A pioneer in the use of large-format 3D motion-control time-lapse capture systems, Peter's cinematography for IMAX and giant screens includes National Geographic’s Jerusalem, Panama, MacGillivray Freeman’s National Parks Adventure, Planet Power and Einstein’s Incredible Universe. He directed and produced the giant screen IMAX film CUBA, which is produced in association with BBC Earth, Giant Screen Films and the Giant Dome Theater Consortium, and distributed by Giant Screen Films. He has garnered two Giant Screen Cinema Association Awards for Best Large Format Cinematography, for Jerusalem (2014) and National Parks Adventure (2016). His work is featured in California Typewriter, the landmark HBO documentary series The Weight of the Nation and the music video for Coldplay’s “Midnight” which launched their Ghost Stories album and tour. Peter produced, directed and shot the film San Francisco Flow for Samsung and the television series Lightscapes for Discovery. His film Deus Ex Homine was awarded NVidia’s Best 3D Video and is featured on NBC Universal’s Best of 3D Blu-ray. His work was featured in Sony's launch of their new Bravia OLED A1E Series 4K HDR television at CES in 2017 as well as the launch of the Sony Venice motion picture camera at NAB in 2018. Peter received a degree in English Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Regents Scholar.

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Additional Links

For more information on CUBA and the current film schedule, please visit: http://www.fleetscience.org/shows/cuba

Press photos are available here: www.fleetscience.org/press-room/images/shows

For more information on CUBA, visit: www.cuba-film.com/

The trailer is also available to view on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5ijvjeZ89qY

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About Golden Gate 3D:

Golden Gate 3D is an award-winning production company dedicated to creating awe-inspiring and immersive film, television and commercial content. Through innovative uses of cutting-edge motion picture technologies, the San Francisco-based company's diverse creative and production team weaves ambitious concepts and powerful stories into transcendent cinematic experiences that illuminate and inspire. For more information, visit www.gg3d.com.

About Giant Screen Films:

For over twenty years, GSF has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. Meaningful educational collaboration and partnerships extend each film’s impact far beyond the theater. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit www.gsfilms.com

About BBC Earth:

BBC Earth is a global factual brand that seeks to inspire audiences in the UK and worldwide with the most incredible sights, stories and characters from the natural world. Commercially and internationally, the brand is managed by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. Since launch, the brand has grown across multiple platforms including branded blocks on television, live events, social media, visitor attractions, theatrical releases for cinema and giant-screen films and online on BBC.com. For more information, visit www.bbcearth.com.

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About the Fleet Science Center:
The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
 
 
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.