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The Fleet Science Center presents Superpower Dogs

Opening in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater on Friday, March 15.

March 01, 2019

San Diego, CA–The latest documentary from IMAX®, Cosmic Picture and Mars Petcare follows the inspiring adventures of heroic dogs. Narrated by Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger, Gifted), Superpower Dogs opens in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Fleet Science Center on March 15, 2019.

Superpower Dogs takes audiences on an exciting journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners. This engaging film follows six canine superheroes and their human partners as they brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species and transform the lives of people with special needs. Audiences will discover the amazing abilities of different breeds and the astonishing science behind their superpowers. We’ll never look at our best friends the same way again!

Meet the stars of Superpower Dogs:

  • Halo, a rookie puppy training to join one of the most elite disaster response teams in America;
  • Henry, an avalanche rescue expert saving lives in the Canadian Rockies;
  • Reef, a Newfoundland lifeguard in the Italian Coast Guard;
  • Ricochet, a surf and therapy legend in San Diego, California, who comforts people with special needs;
  • Tipper and Tony, Bloodhound brothers leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa.

From the filmmakers behind the acclaimed documentaries Jerusalem and Journey to Mecca, Superpower Dogs takes audiences on an immersive IMAX adventure to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs.

“I am really happy to be part of,” said Chris Evans.  “I am a proud dog owner and completely understand the connection that humans have with these remarkable animals. I love the way this film highlights incredible working dogs who utilize their real-life superpowers to help and protect people.”

“We want Superpower Dogs to inspire the kinds of questions that are at the heart of scientific inquiry,” said writer and director Daniel Ferguson. “There is still so much about our best friends we don’t understand, and perhaps this film will spark curiosity and nudge young people to pursue careers in veterinary science, search and rescue or other fields involving dogs.”

Superpower Dogs opens at the Fleet Science Center on Friday, March 15, 2019, with multiple shows daily. The documentary is rated G.

For more information on Superpower Dogs, including show times, visit: www.fleetscience.org/shows/superpower-dogs.

For the new trailer, downloadable photos and general press information, visit: www.superpowerdogs.com.

Superpower Dogs has been generously sponsored and presented locally by The Shiley Foundation.


Superpower Dogs is available for public screenings, school and group reservations or private screenings at the Fleet Science Center beginning March 15, 2019. Reservations can be made by contacting the Fleet Science Center directly at (619) 238-1233. For school or group reservations, please contact the Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 x806 or ClientServices@rhfleet.org.


To schedule an interview or a media preview of Superpower Dogs, please contact Fleet Science Center Communications Manager Karla Nafarrate at 619-685-5743 or knafarrate@rhfleet.org. The Fleet Science Center is pleased to have the director of the film, Daniel Ferguson, as well as the star of the film, Ricochet, available for media interviews on Wednesday and Thursday, March 13 and 14.


About Daniel Ferguson

Daniel has produced, written and directed films for National Geographic Studios, the National Wildlife Federation, History TV, Smithsonian Networks, France Television and Discovery Channel. His IMAX/giant screen credits include Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance, Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France, Journey to Mecca and Jerusalem. His most recent film is the feature documentary, Last of the Elephant Men. He sits on the board of the Giant Screen Cinema Association and the Alter-Ciné Foundation, which provides grants to filmmakers in the developing world.

About Ricochet

Superpower: Emotional Support

Location: San Diego

Breed: Golden Retriever

Age: 10 years old

Human partner: Judy

An internet sensation, Ricochet is a 10-year old Golden Retriever and one of America’s most beloved therapy dogs. In 2009, Ricochet made an independent decision to jump on a surfboard with a boy who is quadriplegic. Since then, she has surfed with hundreds of individuals, and became the only SURFice dog® on the planet who provides canine-assisted surfing to empower and improve the quality of life for individuals with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities. Although surfing has been at the forefront of Ricochet’s work, it’s not the act of surfing that makes her interactions so life changing. It’s her mystifying ability to make immediate, deep, heart-to-heart, soul-to-soul connections with the individuals she interacts with, both in and out of the water. She intuitively and empathically alerts to their emotional and physical changes which allows for profound paws-on healing interventions.



You're invited to the Premiere!

Members of the media are invited to join us for our premiere party for Superpower Dogs on Wednesday, March 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. We will have a reception from 6 to 7 p.m., with the premiere screening of the film beginning at 7 p.m. A dessert reception and an opportunity to meet the star of the film, Ricochet, and its writer and director, Daniel Ferguson, will follow the film at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served during both receptions.

If you and a guest would like to attend the premiere party for Superpower Dogs, please RSVP by Friday, March 8, via the link: https://superpowerdogsfilmpremiere.eventbrite.com




About Cosmic Picture

Cosmic Picture seeks to make the most compelling cinematic experiences possible and to change people’s perception of the universe in unexpected ways. Past films include award-winning IMAX and giant-screen productions and transformative environmental documentaries with tremendous social impact. For more information on Cosmic Picture, visit www.cosmicpicture.com.


About IMAX Corporation

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.


IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with additional offices in London, Dublin, Tokyo and Shanghai. As of September 30, 2018, there were 1,443 IMAX theatre systems (1,346 commercial multiplexes, 13 commercial destinations, 84 institutional) operating in 79 countries and territories. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”


IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).


About Mars Petcare 
Mars Petcare is a diverse and growing business with 75,000 Associates across 50+ countries dedicated to one purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™. With 75 years of experience, our portfolio of almost 50 brands serves the health and nutrition needs of the world's pets – including brands PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN®, NUTRO™, GREENIES™, SHEBA®, CESAR®, IAMS™ and EUKANUBA™ as well as The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition which has advanced research in the nutrition and health of pets for over 50 years. Mars Petcare is also a leading veterinary health provider through a network of over 2,000 pet hospitals including BANFIELD™, BLUEPEARL™, PET PARTNERS™, VCA™ and Linnaeus. We're also active in innovation and technology for pets, with WISDOM PANEL™ genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs, the WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracker, and LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator and COMPANION FUND™ programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet care industry. As a family business and guided by our principles, we are privileged with the flexibility to fight for what we believe in – and we choose to fight for: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™.


About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.

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