Narrated by two-time Golden Globe® nominee, Ewan McGregor

February 13, 2015 – Opening today in select IMAX and giant screen theaters across the country, audiences will splash into a 3D underwater adventure when they see the new documentary film, Humpback Whales.   Under the helm of two-time Academy Award®-nominated director Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins, Everest) and his team of filmmakers, MacGillivray Freeman Films brings their legendary exhilarating giant-screen storytelling to one of the most enormous and vastly fascinating creatures on earth.

The film held its World Premiere at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA, on Tuesday, February 10th.  Filmmakers and scientists from the film joined the audience for an immersive ocean adventure inviting them to dive head-first into the mysterious realm of these 55-foot, 50-ton aquatic mammals. In a splashing, gliding, musical mix of 3D imagery, underwater splendor and scientific exploration, the film relays what life might be like from a humpback’s point of view.
“Whales are critical to the health and survival of the ocean, and as one of the largest animals to ever live on earth, there is no better subject to convey the power of giant screen IMAX documentaries to educate and inspire,” shared director Greg MacGillivray.  “When audiences see Humpback Whales, we hope they will better understand these magnificent creatures.  The more people fall for whales, the more strongly they will feel about protecting them–and the ocean–long into the future. It’s a substantial goal, but we really hope the film delivers on that.”
Adds executive producer Tennyson Oyler, VP of Brand Management for Pacific Life:  “Humpback whales are at the center of an environmental story that offers great promise.  With the end of commercial whaling, humpbacks are steadily recovering from near extinction.  This film transports audiences into their mysterious world with the power of IMAX cinematography for a close-up look at how truly remarkable these animals really are.”
Humpback Whales marks the prolific large-format film company’s first film focused exclusively on whales, following such giant-screen hits as The Living Sea, Dolphins, Coral Reef Adventure and To The Arctic. The MacGillivray Freeman Films team took it as an occasion to apply all of their cumulative cinematic experience to the telling of one of the most compelling wildlife stories of our time: how humpbacks were brought back from the brink of destruction to set off a new wave of scientific discovery and human fascination with their one-of-a-kind, gargantuan beauty. Humpback Whales is the third film to come out under MacGillivray Freeman’s One World One Ocean series, following To The Arctic and Journey to the South Pacific.

Humpback Whales will be released in as many as 100 IMAX and giant screen theatres around the world beginning February 13, 2015.

Humpback Whales is narrated by two-time Golden Globe ® nominee, Ewan McGregor and presented in association with Pacific Life.

The film is family friendly and has a run time of 40 minutes.

About Humpback Whales
A MacGillivray Freeman film presented by Pacific Life, Humpback Whales is directed by Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins, Everest) and produced by Shaun MacGillivray (To The Arctic, Grand Canyon Adventure). Filmed with 15perf / 65mm IMAX® cameras, Humpback Whales is written and edited by Stephen Judson (Everest, To The Arctic) with a musical score by Steve Wood (Journey to the South Pacific, To The Arctic).

About MacGillivray Freeman Films
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 38 giant-screen films to its credit. Throughout the company’s 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray Freeman’s films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the one billion dollar benchmark for worldwide box office.

About Pacific Life
Offering insurance since 1868, Pacific Life provides a wide range of life insurance products, annuities, and mutual funds, and offers a variety of investment products and services to individuals, businesses, and pension plans. Pacific Life counts more than half of the 100 largest U.S. companies as its clients. For additional company information, including current financial strength ratings, visit  Pacific Life refers to Pacific Life Insurance Company and its affiliates, including Pacific Life & Annuity Company. Client count as of June 2014 is compiled by Pacific Life using the 2014 FORTUNE 500® list.

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