MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT, October 16, 2020 — American Humane is pleased to note that Mystic Aquarium, an American Humane Certified institution, can be seen in its inaugural feature-length documentary, Escape From Extinction, which opens nationwide today. The film, narrated by Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren, showcases the critical efforts certified and accredited zoos and aquariums are undertaking to preserve millions of species threatened with mass extinction.
“We are excited to share Escape from Extinction with theatrical audiences across the country,” said Executive Producer Dr. Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., president and CEO of American Humane. “We hope this incredible film will inspire them to take action to protect and preserve critical species on the brink of disappearing forever.”
Since the year 1500, more than 680 species have gone extinct and today, one million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction. Escape From Extinction documents the work of the major zoological organizations, including Mystic Aquarium, that truly are nature’s last arks of hope in preserving the rich legacy of life on our planet. Without this help – and the global engagement of the public – the biological treasures we hoped to share with our children and our grandchildren may vanish within a generation.
“During a year in which we are navigating both a global pandemic and the catastrophic effects of climate change, we felt it was an important time to release this film as it is educational, hopeful, and will resonate with audiences of all ages,” said Director and Producer Matthew R. Brady of MRB Productions. “This is a great opportunity to get out of your house and learn about the efforts being made to protect our planet’s endangered species.”
Escape From Extinction is opening in theatres across the country today, including at Mystic’s Cinepolis West Hartford 6 and Mystic Luxury Cinemas. Proceeds from the 90-minute documentary will go back to American Humane, helping to further its vital work to protect animals around the world, including saving, sheltering and improving the lives of some one billion animals each year.
About American Humane
Founded in 1877, American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization. For 142 years, the nonprofit has pioneered many of the humane protections we have come to take for granted and today works to save, shelter, feed, and improve the lives of some one billion animals around the world. With 91 cents of every dollar spent going directly to programs, American Humane has earned Charity Navigator’s highest “Four-Star Rating,” has been named a “Top-Rated Charity” with an “A” rating by both the American Institute of Philanthropy’s CharityWatch and Great Nonprofits, and was awarded the gold level seal from GuideStar USA. The organization has also earned the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence, was awarded inclusion on Better Business Bureau’s prestigious Wise Giving Alliance Accredited Charities list and was designated as a “Best Charity” by Consumer Reports. For more information about American Humane’s lifesaving work, please visit www.AmericanHumane.org.
About MRB Productions
MRB Productions brings inventive stories and inspired imagery to media platforms around the world. Whether producing a commercial, a feature film, television, digital, live sports or an award show, MRB evolves to embrace a project’s specific needs. We are passionate about what we do and committed to being exceptional. MRB’s most recent feature, All I Wish, with Sharon Stone, Tony Goldwyn & Ellen Burstyn, is currently streaming. Our documentary, Back to Life, premiered on ABC and is currently on Amazon Prime. MRB’s latest films, all festival darlings, are available on streaming platforms. These include The Night Stalker with Lou Diamond Phillips, The Truth About Emanuel with Jessica Biel, & Grassroots with Jason Biggs. In Television, MRB has a decade of experience producing the pre-taped segments and VIP program for ESPN’s ESPY Awards, in addition to producing the Hero Dog Awards for the Hallmark Channel. Additional TV projects include two seasons of the mockumentary comedy show Free Radio on VH1 and Comedy Central and the Webby award-winning series, The Confession, starring Kiefer Sutherland. MRB is also known for sports programming for the Longhorn Network. MRB’s commercial repertoire includes a longstanding relationship with Mattel and collaborations with Periera & O’Dell, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Publicis, for clients such as McDonald’s, Pepsi, Mattel, Lay’s, Foot Locker, Samsung, Nerf, NHL, Smirnoff, Wal-Mart, and University of Phoenix. In the video game space, MRB partners with Ubisoft to produce the Just Dance Kids series. For more information, please visit www.mrbproductions.com.
About Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at www.MysticAquarium.org.