Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123


Narrated by Jodie Foster, planetarium show by the California Academy of Sciences
is a high-speed ride through the history of life

JACKSON HOLE, WY (October 7, 2011) — The California Academy of Sciences' current planetarium show, Life: A Cosmic Story, narrated by Jodie Foster, was named "Best Fulldome Program" last night at a Gala celebration capping the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Other finalists in the fulldome category were All We Are by Norrkopings Visualiseringscenter & Norrkoping and We Are Astronomers by NSC Creative.

Internationally regarded as the largest and most prestigious competition of the nature film genre, this year's Festival competition included 510 films from more than 30 countries—a record number of submissions competing for 22 special category awards. More than 80 judges from North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa participated in the preliminary selections, and the award winners were selected by a distinguished five-person panel in Jackson Hole during the biennial industry conference held from October 3-7.

Life: A Cosmic Story premiered at the California Academy of Sciences in November 2010 and has played to approximately 700,000 visitors so far. Life launches the audience on a journey through time, witnessing key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life. The film features scientific visualizations including a powers-of-ten dive into a redwood tree to illustrate photosynthesis and demonstrate the interconnectedness of all life on the molecular level. The show's complex imagery includes collaborations with the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Watch the trailer and learn more about the show here.

About the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
Launched in 1991, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival takes place every other year over five days, drawing more than 650 international leaders in science, conservation, broadcasting, and media. Delegates participate in a suite of leading-edge equipment presentations, seminars, and screenings. The 2011 Festival was hosted in Grand Teton National Park from October 3-7.

About the California Academy of Sciences
Located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, and world-class research and education programs—all under one living roof. Established in 1853, the Academy’s mission is to explore, explain, and protect the natural world. Learn more at