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Fredonia film series offers dynamic look at the power of volcanoes
Friday, October 24, 2014

Fredonia film series offers dynamic look at the power of volcanoes

Peter Rowe

Volcanoes are the most extreme, dramatic and explosive forces of nature on the planet. They have produced many of the most valuable minerals and arable soil on Earth. Every day, volcanoes are exploding around the world.

Those interested in experiencing the rush of the exploding lava and in talking to a filmmaker brave enough to capture such moments will have the opportunity to do so when Rockefeller Arts Center presents Peter Rowe’s “Volcanic Planet” on Sat., Nov. 1. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

Rowe, a documentary and dramatic filmmaker, will offer an in-depth look at some of the world’s most active volcanoes in his film, which is presented as part of the World Travel Series.

Rowe has filmed on all seven continents, specializing in themes of exploration and adventure. He captures the extremes of nature from Antarctica to the Arabian Desert – from crossing Baffin Island by dogsled to climbing many of the world’s most active volcanoes, camera in hand.

In “Volcanic Planet,” Rowe travels to 19 volcanoes to capture the stories of the people who live beside them, the scientists who study them and his own interactions with these dynamic mountains. Filmed in the Congo, Iceland, Italy, Vanuatu, Hawaii, Tonga, Turkey, Guatemala, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Indonesia and under the Pacific Ocean, “Volcanic Planet” is a fast-paced, high-voltage tour of the world’s most active smoking mountains.

“I am a fan of seeing the most extreme places on Earth and bringing back stories and images of them,” Rowe said.

The film takes viewers on an engaging journey showing some of the most spectacular and rare sites of the planet. Rowe explained that the volcanoes that are shown offer a window into the core of the planet.

Rowe has produced and/or directed more than 200 films and television episodes, including eight features and the hit 2007 TV series “Angry Planet,” which received global recognition. He has been nominated for several Gemini, Genie and Directors Guild of Canada Awards. He has also won two Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards for Lifestyle/Reality Cinematography, a Platinum Fexy Award and has received awards from the Houston, Sydney and Dawson film festivals.

He will be presenting “Volcanic Planet” and meeting with interested audience members afterward for further questions and information about his captivating experiences.

Tickets are available at the door for this general admission event. One child 12 years of age and under is admitted free with each adult ticket purchased. Tickets may also be purchased through the Fredonia Ticket Office in the Williams Center, by phone at 673-3501 or online at

The World Travel Series is sponsored by Fredonia Place as part of the Lake Shore Savings Season.

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