CuriosityStream, the world’s first ad-free streaming service for factual programs in science, technology, nature, history and more, is the vision of Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks, with former Executive Vice President of Global Content for NGC Worldwide, Steve Burns, as Head of Content. This limited series is the first offering available about the dynamics of how and where to see this once-in-a-lifetime Eclipse.
Slated for a July 13th, 2017 premiere, the limited series will feature experts, scientists, animation and stunning 4k cinematography that is the hallmark of CuriosityStream programming.
“This will be the first time in almost four decades that a total solar eclipse will be visible from the United States,” said CuriosityStream’s Steve Burns. “The Eclipse Across America team travelled from the shores of Oregon across our great nation to South Carolina to reveal to our audience the best, and oftentimes secret, spots to witness this remarkable event, and to showcase not only the most enjoyable way to experience the eclipse, but also the science behind it.”
Eclipse Across America, Inc. was co-founded by filmmaker/director and Eclipse Chaser Mark Bender and Producer Elizabeth (Betty) Buckley. They are joined on this CuriosityStream production by Michael Mavretic, who serves as writer/producer for the series. The EAA team previously worked together on the National Geographic special, Easter Island Eclipse.
Each episode focuses on a different aspect – from viewing locations to key details of this Eclipse; From the science of how and why eclipses happen, to the different ways scientists, eclipse chasers, and the general public can watch and experience it.
Says Bender, “Having travelled across the entire country along the path of totality, I was humbled at my journey’s conclusion on the coast in South Carolina. Once there I was struck by what a truly unique moment this total eclipse will be for this vast and diverse nation!”
The Oregon segment of the trip features astronomer, professor, eclipse chaser, and artist, Tyler Nordgren, who created an original “Eclipse Across America” poster, available free for all to download on the NASA and EAA website.
The series reveals how different communities along the eclipse path are preparing for the event. States are expecting huge crowds, while most hotels along the path are sold out. Some municipalities have gone into full emergency preparedness mode.
Along the path, from Lincoln City, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, festivals large and small are planned, from wineries in the Willamette Valley to the events in Columbia, South Carolina, where the local baseball team, The Fireflies, will play—then pause the game for the whole stadium to witness the eclipse.
Similar events, some scientific and many celebratory, can be found all along the path the shadow of the moon will create as it crosses the continental United States for 90 continuous minutes.
Meanwhile, the series explores how the scientific community sees this event as perhaps the greatest opportunity to observe the sun and its all important corona in a lifetime. With so many locations to choose from across the eclipse path, the question facing astronomers and physicists isn’t whether or not to go to the eclipse, it’s where they should go to give themselves the best shot at clear skies.
CuriosityStream is the world’s first on-demand streaming service for documentary and nonfiction programming. Over 1,500 shows from the world’s best filmmakers are available to watch on most streaming devices, including Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, iOS and Android, starting at just $2.99 per month. Focused on offering enriching and enlightening content covering science, history, technology and nature, CuriosityStream was founded by Discovery Communications founder and media visionary John Hendricks. For more information, visit www.curiositystream.com.
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Vanessa Gillon – CuriosityStream
Elizabeth Buckley – Eclipse Across America