National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF), which is pleased to have provided the financial support for Dolphins, was created in 1950 as an independent U.S. government agency to promote and advance progress in engineering and science research and education in the United States. NSF invests more than $3.3 billion per year in almost 20,000 grants for research and education projects in engineering, science, and technology. NSF is the only federal agency whose mission covers science and engineering research--as well as education at all levels--across all fields. NSF also manages all U.S. research done in Antarctica.

NSF is overseen by a 24-member National Science Board and a Director, each appointed by the President. NSF’s mission is to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. Its mission includes enhancing public understanding of science and public literacy in science.

Dolphins was funded in part by the Informal Science Education Division at NSF. This particular NSF program provides rich and stimulating opportunities outside formal school settings, where individuals of all ages, interests, and backgrounds can increase their appreciation and understanding of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.


National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation is excited and proud to be working with the film's producers, MacGillivray Freeman Films (MFF). MFF is a pioneering and innovative film company that has dominated the large format industry for the last twenty years through its production and distribution of brilliant giant screen films, including Everest, the most successful giant screen film ever made.

Dolphins is both scientifically literate and visually stunning. Viewers will gain insight into the behavior of dolphins in the wild and come to appreciate the strength, exuberance and agility of these creatures who have fascinated humans since ancient times. At the same time, Dolphins will give people a deep appreciation of the importance of protecting dolphin habitat -- our oceans.

Christopher N. Palmer
Executive Producer, Dolphins
President and CEO
National Wildlife Productions
National Wildlife Federation

Museum Film Network

Museum Film Network is an international consortium of 15 science museums, formed in 1985 to meet a demand for quality large-format films with scientific content. The Network's goal is to help museums, which comprise approximately 50% of the large-format theatre venues, to improve the public's understanding and appreciation of science and technology. Dolphins is the third large-format film collaboration between Museum Film Network and MacGillivray Freeman Films. Together, they produced To the Limit in 1989 and Stormchasers in 1995.

Museum Film Network Links

Museum of Science - Boston, Massachusetts http://www.mos.org
Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, Illinois http://www.msichicago.org
Discovery Place - Charlotte, North Carolina http://www.discoveryplace.org
Science Museum of Virginia - Richmond, Virginia http://www.smv.org
National Museum of Natural Science - Taichung Taiwan http://www.nmns.edu.tw
Louisville Science Center & IMAX Theatre - Louisville, Kentucky http://www.louisvillescience.org
Singapore Science Center - Singapore http://www.science.edu.sg
Maryland Science Center - Baltimore, Maryland http://www.mdsci.org
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science - Denver, Colorado http://www.dmns.org
Ominversum - The Hague http://www.omniversum.nl
Carnegie Science Center - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org
American Museum of Natural History - New York City, New York http://www.amnh.org
Canadian Museum of Civilization - Gatineau, Quebec http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/home
Orlando Science Center - Orlando, FL http://www.osc.org
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center - San Diego, California http://www.rhfleet.org