TORONTO, June 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Experience the ultimate off-trail adventure to some of the planet's most awe-inspiring natural wonders and untamed wilderness when MacGillivray Freeman Film's America Wild: National Parks Adventure arrives at the Ontario Science Centre on July 1, 2016. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, this film follows world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America's majestic parks.
"America Wild showcases the breathtaking beauty of national parks and speaks to the adventurer in all of us," said Dr. Maurice Bitran, CEO and Chief Science Officer of the Ontario Science Centre. "This beautiful film also shows the vulnerability of natural phenomena and underlines the importance of and need for their conservation so that future generations can also experience the wonder of nature."
Audiences will soar over red rock canyons, hurtle down steep mountain peaks and explore other-worldly realms found within America's most legendary national parks like Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Redwood National Park and the Everglades. Along the way, the film becomes at once an action-packed celebration of the wonders of nature and a soulful reflection on what wilderness means to us all, timed to the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service in 2016.
"America Wild captures the stunning beauty of America's wild places and reminds us these landscapes are an essential part of the human spirit," said film narrator and Academy Award® winner Robert Redford.
Filmed in more than 30 of America's national parks, this immersive film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres follows world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America's spectacularly wild and beautiful places, revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in all of us. Captured with IMAX cameras and shown in full glory in giant screen theatres, such as the Science Centre's domed OMNIMAX theatre, America Wild celebrates the majesty of the great outdoors while highlighting the importance of protecting our planet's wild places.
"People from all over the world come to experience the wonders of nature in America's national parks, which really belong to all of humanity," said two-time Academy Award®-nominated director Greg MacGillivray. "Our hope is that America Wild will encourage our audiences to discover the beauty and sanctuary of these American treasures, and to go out and explore their own parks and outdoor spaces, wherever they may be."
America Wild follows in the tradition of MacGillivray Freeman's award-winning giant screen films – including Everest, Dolphins, The Living Sea and To the Arctic – that are set in some of the most extraordinary places on the planet.
Working in collaboration with Brand USA, the destination-marketing organization for the United States, allows for America Wild to become the centerpiece of their global marketing initiative for their 2015-2016 "Great Outdoors" campaign.
"The national parks are a major attraction for international travelers, which is why the film has generated such a positive response globally," said Thomas Garzilli, Chief Marketing Officer of Brand USA. "The film's box office results have been exceeding expectations and eighty-one percent of movie-goers are more likely to visit the USA after seeing America Wild: National Parks Adventure."
America Wild: National Parks Adventure is a MacGillivray Freeman film produced in association with Brand USA and presented globally by Expedia, Inc. and Subaru of America, Inc. with major support from the Giant Dome Theater Consortium.
The family-friendly film has a run time of 43 minutes. For ticket and show time information, please visit www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca. From July 1 to September 5, tickets for all films showing at the Ontario Science Centre will be $9. For more information about the film, please visit www.NationalParksAdventure.com.
About America Wild: National Parks Adventure
America Wild: National Parks Adventure is a MacGillivray Freeman film produced in association with Brand USA and presented globally by Expedia, Inc. and Subaru of America, Inc. with major support from the Giant Dome Theater Consortium. The film is directed by Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins, Everest) and produced by Shaun MacGillivray (To the Arctic, Grand Canyon Adventure). Academy Award winner Robert Redford narrates the film. Filmed with IMAX 3D cameras, National Parks Adventure is written by Stephen Judson (Everest, To the Arctic) and Tim Cahill (Everest) with a musical score by Steve Wood (Journey to the South Pacific, To the Arctic).
About Brand USA
Brand USA is the public-private partnership responsible for promoting the United States as a premier travel destination and communicating U.S. entry/exit policies and procedures. Established by the Travel Promotion Act in 2010, the organization's mission is to increase international visitation to the United States while working in partnership with the travel industry to maximize the economic and social benefits of travel. These benefits include creating jobs essential to the economy and fostering understanding between people and cultures. For industry or partner information about Brand USA, visit www.TheBrandUSA.com. For information about travel to and around the United States, please visit Brand USA's consumer website at www.VisitTheUSA.ca.
About MacGillivray Freeman Films
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world's foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 38 films for IMAX and giant-screen theatres to its credit. Throughout the company's 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray Freeman's films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the one billion dollar benchmark for worldwide box office. For more information about the company, visit www.MacGillivrayFreemanFilms.com.
About the Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 50 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach now adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is an international leader in free-choice science learning and a key contributor to Ontario's education and innovation ecosystem, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support. For more information about the Ontario Science Centre, please visit www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca.
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