16 March 2016

Alumnus Jesse Ausubel served as science advisor on new nature documentary

The new Jacques Perrin/Galatee film, The Seasons, opened in French theaters this past January and is now showing in Austria and Germany.

© Les Saisons, Galatée Film Productions

© Les Saisons, Galatée Film Productions

The following 2-minute trailer for The Seasons shares a French narration explaining that the film spans the end of the Ice Age to the present day, showing how the birth of the seasons, and then the emergence of humans, led to the natural world as we know it.  Filmed over a four-year period in the national parks and animal reserves of Poland, Romania, Norway, Holland, Scotland, and France at a budget approaching $40 million, the film makes use of cutting-edge technology like flying drones and high-speed scooters to allow viewers to share the experience of bison, reindeer, wolves, owls, and other animals. 

LES SAISONS (film annonce) from GALATÉE FILMS on Vimeo.

We highly recommend the documentary to those in Austria and Germany. 

Jesse Ausubel

Jesse Ausubel is currently the Director of the Program for the Human Environment and Senior Research Associate at The Rockefeller University in New York City. He participated in the 1979 YSSP and then was leader of IIASA's Climate Task within the Resources and Environment Program from 1979-1981.  Of IIASA, he says: “My experiences at IIASA profoundly influenced my career in every way: the problems I work on, the ways I approach the problems in a technical sense, the shift from a uni-national to a multi-national perspective, the networks of people with whom I work, and my belief un the contribution science can make to conflict resolution.”

Director Jacques Perrin and Galatée Film Productions also partnered with the Census of Marine Life and the Sloan Foundation to create the film Oceans.  Jesse helped lead the Census of Marine Life, a worldwide project carried out under the auspices of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans, and he maintains a keen interest in ocean exploration. More on the Census of Marine Life and Oceans film.

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Last edited: 18 May 2016


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