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Award Winning movie Flight of the Butterflies 3D at the California Science Center

Award Winning movie Flight of the Butterflies 3D at the California Science Center

Oct 7, 2013

QGITS at the premier of Award winning film Flight of the Butterflies in 3D IMAX theater at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, Ca. This amazing breathtaking nature documentary takes viewers on a journey that spans thousands of miles, three countries and several generations — tracking real monarch butterflies that leave Canada for their mysterious Mexican winter haven.  Audiences will discover a truly spectacular sight: hundreds of millions of butterflies in the hidden butterfly sanctuaries set 10,000 feet high in the mountains of the States of Michoacán and Mexico. The iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature weighing only less than a penny, it makes one of the longest annual migrations on Earth between Canada and Mexico with absolute pinpoint navigational accuracy. Flight of the Butterflies is a must see film for families, children, and film enthusiasts.


Based on a the true story of an intrepid scientist Dr. Fred Urquhart and his wife Norah 40 year search to unravel the mystery – where do the monarch butterflies go each fall? What began with a small boy daydreaming about where butterflies went each winter became a lifelong pursuit that ingeniously enlisted the help of legions of volunteers, known as “citizen scientists,” to help with tagging and tracking the butterflies that yielded the ultimate discovery of the monarch butterflies’ overwintering sites in the sancturaries of Mexico.

Catalina Aguado covered in Monarch butterflies on the cover of a 1976 issue of National Geographic. She worked for Dr. Urquhart and is the last surviving member of the discovery team.

The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) recently awarded Flight of the Butterflies several 2013 Achievement Awards in the following categories: Best Film, Short Subject; Best Film for Lifelong Learning; Best Cinematography; Best Original Score; Best Sound Design; Best Marketing Campaign by a Distributor and Best Educational Program.

See all photos on flickr taken by Andrea Gutierrez of movie premier Flight of the Butterflies at California Science Center:

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