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Call for Reviewers - Documentary on Sea Biology

Dylan McGinty dylan at frif.com
Wed Feb 9 07:28:10 EST 2005

Innovative documentary film available for academic conferences and for 
review. (We are seeking qualified reviewers, based in North America, with 
an existing relationship with academic print journals, online journals, 
association newsletters, email listservs, etc. Reviews must be submitted by 
reviewers; First Run/Icarus Films cannot submit.)  Interested persons 
should contact me directly, off-list.

Proteus - A Nineteenth Century Vision
A Film by David Lebrun

READ A FULL DESCRIPTION: www.frif.com/new2004/pro.html

In the 19th century the world beneath the sea played much the same role 
that "outer space" has played for the 20th and 21st. The ocean depths were 
at once the ultimate scientific frontier and what Coleridge called the 
reservoir of the soul.

Based almost entirely on 19th century scientific illustrations, paintings, 
and photographs brought to life through innovative animation, PROTEUS 
weaves a complex tapestry of biology, evolutionary theory, oceanography, 
scientific history, poetry, and myth.

The central figure of the film is biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel 
(1834-1919). One of the most influential minds of the 19th century, Haeckel 
found himself torn between science and art, materialism and religion, 
rationality and passion.

For Haeckel, the key to integrating these dualities was a tiny undersea 
organism called the radiolarian. Haeckel discovered, classified and painted 
4000 species of these one-celled creatures.  Their beauty and seemingly 
infinite variety led him to a sweeping vision of nature as a unfolding work 
of art and source of scientific knowledge.

Dylan M. McGinty

First  Run  /  Icarus  Films, Inc.
32 Court Street, 21st Floor
Brooklyn NY 11201

Tel             (718) 488 8900 / (800) 876 1710
Fax             (718) 488 8642
Email           dylan at frif.com
Web             www.frif.com
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