Celebrate Earth Day With ‘The World of Insects’





April 17, 2018

Available on Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu


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“The images in the film are spectacular. Robert is soft-spoken but the world he captures is vibrant and eye-exploding. LEARNING TO SEE gives a full portrait of this artist who gave up everything and rediscovered himself, really on his own.”

                                                                                                — AMFM MAGAZINE

This April, FilmRise will release LEARNING TO SEE: THE WORLD OF INSECTS, a vibrant journey of discovery for both father and son as Jacob (director of the film) documents the exquisite photographic work of his father, Robert Oelman. Struggling with a mid-life crisis, Robert made the decision to leave his successful career as a psychotherapist and moved to South America where he began pursuing a career in nature photography. The film chronicles Robert’s life in the rainforests of Colombia by documenting his relationships to insects by capturing vibrant and fascinating photographs of them.  We see and hear Oelman’s photography assistant Christian as well as key scientists and wildlife conservationists as we’re exposed to his brilliant and mysterious images that show how special and fragile our world is. Robert has helped scientists identify over a dozen new insect species and has been the first to photograph hundreds more.

LEARNING TO SEE: THE WORLD OF INSECTS will be available for sale and rental on Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play and Vudu April 17, 2018, timed for release in time for  Earth Day celebrations.

Through Roberts words and through his photographic process we learn that we are all connected, even to the tiniest of life forms which we often overlook, but mustn’t if we’re to continue to survive. We learn that even life forms which are at the bottom on the mammalian food chain are critical to all animal species, including mankind. After more than twenty years of traveling, searching and photographing these tiny insects, his quest culminiates with a New York City gallery show of his photographs.

Co-produced by Academy Award nominee and Emmy winner Jerry Aronson (Chasing Ice, The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg, The Divided Trail) and Robert’s son Jake Oelman (Dear Sidewalk, The Electric Daisy Carnival Experience), LEARNING TO SEE: THE WORLD OF INSECTS was an Official Selection at 2016’s SXSW and 2016 DC Environmental Film Festival. The film was a Grand Jury Nominee at the Nashville Film Festival and a Social Impact Award Nominee at the 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival. The film also won several awards including the Audience Award -Documentary Feature at the 2016 Mammoth Lakes Film Festival and the Cause Cinema Spotlight Award at the 2016 South Bay Film & Music Festival.

The lurking message is of the fragility of a big, beautiful planet that has still not been fully explored.” – The Austin Chronicle



FilmRise is a film and TV distribution company and streaming channel network founded by veteran producer/financiers Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher and Alan Klingenstein. With over 15,000 titles in a wide range of genres, the company’s releases include HBO’s multiple Emmy®-winning “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”; “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” produced by Oscar®-winner Alex Gibney; two-time Academy Award®-nominee Julie Delpy’s “Lolo”; and the Sundance hit “White Girl”. Television titles include such classics as “Roseanne” and “3rd Rock from the Sun”, as well as the iconic Robert Stack hosted series “Unsolved Mysteries”.

FilmRise’s recent releases include “Manifesto” starring two-time Oscar®-winner Cate Blanchett; sci-fi drama “Marjorie Prime” starring Jon Hamm and Lois Smith; and the box-office hit “My Friend Dahmer” starring Ross Lynch and Anne Heche. For more information, please visit www.FilmRise.com.


Availability Date: April 17, 2018

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 70 Minutes

Rating: Not Rated

Formats: TVOD/EST

Language: English

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