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Colossal Coral

January 18, 2013, 3:00 pm
By Robert Sobel

Lynnette Wallworth’s Coral: Rekindling Venus is a film that is screening at this year’s prestigious Sundance Film Festival. In addition to its Sundance debut, and for a limited time Coral is being screened at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s Planetarium.

The NM History Museum is one out of 14 Sundance outreach sites across the nation that is screening the film.

The film’s gala premiere is on January 25 from 6-9 pm. Directly following the screening, filmmaker Lynnette Wallworth will be present for a Q&A session with audience members.

On the film’s official website, Wallworth’s artist’s statement explains what her aim in making the film was, and what she hopes viewers take away from the experience:

"Imagine global co-operation for a global problem. Imagine corals as the barometer of climate change. Imagine we are the pivot point. Imagine rekindling Venus.

My intent is to leave the audience with a sense of wonder for the complexity of the coral community and a deep-felt longing to see it survive.

What is apparent when you watch the film is the remarkable survival mechanisms already at play in the community of coral reefs, mechanisms that will be put to the test in the coming years. We might see ourselves as two different communities interconnected in our own survival.”

Watching the film’s trailer, there is no doubt that Coral is a fully immersive cinematic experience. The film inundates your vision with lush, vibrant images, and the emotionally resonant musical score compliments the images well.

Interestingly, Wallworth has a connection to New Mexico. She worked at the Planetarium at the New Mexico History Museum of Natural History as an intern in the beginning of her career:

“As part of my research on my fellowship I went to Albuquerque where I tested underwater material in the Planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, where David Beining had begun Domefest, experimental short works for fulldome. That was the first time I was actually in a fulldome environment. I loved it.”

Don’t miss your chance to see a Sundance film in Albuquerque and what’s sure to be a fascinating talk with the filmmaker.

Coral: Rekindling Venus Premiere: 6-9 pm Friday, Jan. 25. $20 adults; $18 members/seniors; $16 students. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW, ABQ 841-2800

The film screens from Jan. 19-27. For more information, go to www.nmnaturalhistory.org



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