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New Giant Screen Film, Narrated by Claire Danes, Brings Amazing True Wildlife Comeback Stories to Life in 3D at Fernbank’s Giant Screen Theater

ATLANTA, JANUARY 9, 2020 — BACK FROM THE BRINK: SAVED FROM EXTINCTION, a stunning new 3D Giant Screen film adventure narrated by Claire Danes, captures remarkable comeback stories of endangered species from around the world—which are rebounding thanks to human efforts to save them. The film opens at Fernbank Museum’s Giant Screen Theater on January 17, 2020.  

Filmed on location in three unique regions around the globe, BACK FROM THE BRINK 3D uses the immersive giant screen format to plunge audiences into a wild world of breathtaking natural beauty and captivating wildlife behavior. Through a spectacular 3D experience, the film brings to life the amazing true story of three animal species whose numbers recently dwindled to near extinction, but were rescued from the brink, including California’s enchanting Channel Island Fox, China’s fabled Golden Monkey, and the wondrous migrating giant Red Crabs of Christmas Island, off the coast of Australia. The film also introduces people around the world—scientists, researchers, park rangers and students—who are working passionately to preserve these endangered species.


Audiences discover how California’s enchanting Channel Island Fox has been rescued from an invasion of predatory Golden Eagles. In the fastest recovery of a species in the history of animal conservation, scientists helped solve the mystery of the fox population’s severely diminishing numbers and devised and executed an ingenious plan to save them—which included returning an iconic raptor, the American Bald Eagle—to the island to restore the ecology’s balance. Fox numbers have since rebounded from less than 100 into the thousands, allowing them to be removed from The Endangered Species List.


In the fabled mountains of China’s Yunnan Province, the film follows one of the world’s most endangered primates, the Golden Monkey—a creature so elusive it had never been photographed until the 1970s. Hunted nearly to extinction, this mythical society of primates was on the verge of collapse, numbering about 1500, when the efforts of one intrepid researcher changed everything. The revelations convinced the Chinese government to turn the region into one of the country’s first nature preserves. Now, the one-time hunters are becoming park rangers and are the biggest champions and protectors of the monkeys. In just a few decades, the population has gone from near extinction to more than 3,000.


Audiences can also witness the wondrous migration of the Red Crabs of Christmas Island and marvel at their recovery from a Crazy Yellow Ant infestation in one of the most successful bio-control experiments ever undertaken. The intruder ants arrived as a few stowaways on cargo ships—but swarmed into an invasion horde numbering several billion, which became a super colony that threatened the entire web of life on the island—especially the red crabs. In a daring experiment, Malaysian micro-wasps were imported and hoisted into the treetop canopy on makeshift elevators to counter balance the ant infestation. Dazzling giant screen filmmaking vividly captures the insect warfare being played out on a grand scale, as well as the red crab hatchlings emerging by the millions.

Ultimately, the film aims to engage and inspire audiences to take action and connect with nature. BACK FROM THE BRINK 3D shows that positive change is possible. Problems created by humans can be solved by humans.

"Through the unmatched, immersive Giant Screen technology, we’re able to connect audiences with nature in places they might not otherwise go to engage with some of the most extraordinary creatures on Earth—which nearly disappeared forever,” said director Sean Casey. “The film demonstrates how human efforts do make an impact for the better, and are essential in saving and protecting the world’s animals and wild places.”

BACK FROM THE BRINK 3D is sponsored by the Isdell Family Foundation.

Watch the trailer here.


BACK FROM THE BRINK 3D shows at Fernbank from January 17-April 30, 2020 in the Rankin M. Smith, Sr. Giant Screen Theater. 3D Movie tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, $11 for children ages 3-12, and $8 for Fernbank members. Discounted movie tickets are available with a Value Pass, which also includes museum admission. Fernbank is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 404.929.6400.



Fernbank, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is one of the most popular and iconic cultural destinations in Atlanta. As Atlanta’s Science and Nature Experience, Fernbank includes a natural history museum, giant screen 3D theater, and 75 acres of nature adventures in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest.  A collection of experiences rooted in science, nature and human culture, Fernbank provides opportunities for guests to discover A World of Wow through exploration and discovery.

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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​ To connect on social media, follow on Facebook at @CosmicPictureMovies; Instagram at @CosmicPicture; Twitter at @CosmicPicture; and on YouTube at @CosmicPictureMovies.


BACK FROM THE BRINK: SAVED FROM EXTINCTION 3D is directed by Sean Casey, who is also Director of Photography. The film is executive produced by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, and produced by Jennifer Casey and Charlotte Huggins. The film is written by Kurt Frey and Ms. Casey.

More information is available on the film’s website at

Run Time: 40 Minutes

Format: 3D

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