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BBC, Giant Screen Team for Film on Cuba (EXCLUSIVE)

Giant Screen Films and BBC Earth are teaming with Golden Gate 3D on a new large-format film about Cuba that will be shot entirely in the island nation, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, which has the working title of “Cuba” and is produced by San Francisco’s Golden Gate 3D, will be distributed globally by Giant Screen Films. “Cuba” will be produced in association with BBC Earth and exec produced with BBC natural history filmmaker Neil Nightingale (“Walking With Dinosaurs”).

“In many ways, Cuba is a place whose past is still alive today and consequently offers a fascinating cultural and environmental study,” Nightingale said.

Peter Chang is directing the film from a script by Mose Richards. Production is under way with a target release for early next year. “Cuba” will focus on the nation’s culture, meticulously maintained colonial architecture and pristine ecosystems at a time when the nation is undergoing economic and social change.

The film will also provide commentary by Cuban artists, historians and scientists. Filmmakers assert that “Cuba” marks the first time that large-format 3D has been used in Cuba for Imax and other giant screen and immersive cinemas.

“There has simply never been a better time to make a film about Cuba,” said Don Kempf, president of Giant Screen Films. “In the past few weeks alone, headlines about U.S. businesses re-engaging with Cuba have dominated the news, and President Obama’s visit scheduled this month will make him the first president to visit Cuban soil in over 80 years. As the U.S. and Cuba open trade relations, audiences are very curious about this once-forbidden neighbor nation.”

Myles Connolly (“Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs”) is the supervising producer. Kelyn Brannon of Golden Gate 3D and Jonathan Rowe of Madrone Studios join Nightingale as executive producers.

“We’ve been granted an unprecedented level of access to Cuba, and we are thrilled by the prospect of taking giant screen audiences to a Cuba they have never seen – its culture, art, music, sports and ecology are bursting with compelling stories and mesmerizing beauty,” Chang said.

Chang’s cinematography has been featured in “Jerusalem,” winner of the 2014 Giant Screen Cinema Association award for best film and best cinematography, and this year’s “National Parks Adventure.”

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