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MacGillivray Announces New Slate of Films


Written by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Date: September 26, 2002


Category: Press Releases

  MacGillivray Freeman Announces New Slate of 15/70 Film Productions
  Laguna Beach, CA, September 26, 2002 - Marking its long-term commitment to provide quality 15/70 motion pictures for the large-format industry, MacGillivray Freeman Films is pleased to announce an upcoming slate of films in production and development that are being produced by or in cooperation with MacGillivray Freeman Films and company President Greg MacGillivray.  These films are scheduled for distribution starting in 2004 following the release of MacGillivray Freeman's two 2003 releases, "Coral Reef Adventure" and "Top Speed," which will premiere in February and April respectively.  

 The new films range in subject matter from the ancient world of past civilizations to the exciting future of space exploration and will incorporate the extraordinary storytelling talents and production expertise of MacGillivray Freeman Films.  The films, which will adhere to the 40- to 45-minute giant screen format, include:
  • Greece: Secrets of the Past (Release date: Spring 2004)
  • The Heart of India (2004)
  • Ocean Planet (2005)
  • The Blue Nile (2005)
  • Space Journey (2006)   

    "These new films will be made in the tradition of MacGillivray Freeman's quality productions and will feature new locations and unique, powerful stories that audiences look for in their giant screen film experiences," says Greg MacGillivray. "We are pleased to be working with so many new partners, each of whom brings their own set of diverse talents to the projects.  Giant screen theatre operators can be assured they will have many excellent programming opportunities in the years to come."   

    Preview footage from Greece: Secrets of the Past. The Heart of India, Ocean Planet and Space Journey as well as Coral Reef Adventure and Top Speed will be shown at the upcoming Giant Screen Theatre Association conference in Toronto held September 29  to October 4.  

    Greece: Secrets of the Past (working title), is being produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in association with the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec, who has invested in the project and who will serve as the project's educational advisor.  Currently in production, the film is being supported in part by a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the largest award MacGillivray Freeman has ever received, which will be used for film production and development of innovative educational outreach programs.  

    Directed by Greg MacGillivray, Greece: Secrets of the Past will take audiences on an adventure of discovery to one of the most culturally rich locations in the world. The film will be a visual tribute to the birthplace of civilization, as well as a fascinating archaeological and cultural odyssey into the hidden past.  Frank Corcoran, Senior Advisor at the Museum of Civilization, noted, "Greece's treasures both cultural and architectural have long fascinated worldwide audiences.  This film will give us the opportunity to tell a remarkably visual and monumental story on the world's largest screens." MacGillivray Freeman is working with writer Jon Boorstin on the film's script; Boorstin previously wrote the scripts for MacGillivray Freeman's To The Limit and The Discoverers.  

    The Heart of India (working title) is a collaboration between MacGillivray Freeman Films and TriColor Films, a production company operating from India and the U.S. and focused on large-format concepts about world cultures. MacGillivray Freeman Films will co-produce and distribute The Heart of India, which celebrates many thousands of years of unbroken cultural heritage of the mystical country of India.   The country's exotic landscapes, spectacular forts, palaces and monuments will come alive as The Heart of India takes audiences on a journey across India, through its ancient cities and mountain passages, over its vast desert kingdoms and on to the very heart of India, the extraordinary architectural achievement that is the Taj Mahal.   Production has begun in India.  

    "The Heart of India reaffirms man's love for the magnificent as it calls out for preserving our common world heritage," noted Executive Producer Sushil Tyagi, President of TriColor.  "The film illustrates the historical importance, artistic achievement and technical ingenuity represented by these monuments and it provides the audience the experience of being there - among the sights and sounds of a timeless India." The Heart of India is being directed by G. Bharat with Reed Smoot as Director of Photography and a script by Michael Caulfield.  

    Currently in development, Ocean Planet (working title), will be produced and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films. A combination of breathtaking visual montages and inspirational music with only minimal narration, Ocean Planet will celebrate the power and vitality of Earth's most precious resource-water-as well as its limitations and vulnerability to man's growing presence on the planet.  From the vastness of the earth's ocean to the tiniest teardrop, Ocean Planet will give a new perspective to man's dependence on this vital resource and to our ever-increasing responsibility to preserve it.  

    "This film will be unique in that it is an artistic interpretation of a natural phenomenon," said director Greg MacGillivray.  "We will push our own boundaries as filmmakers to deliver a beautifully shot, enigmatic film that will leave audiences with a feeling of awe and wonder."  Ocean Planet is the fourth of a series of ocean-themed films produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films.  

    Also in development, The Blue Nile (working title) is a co-production of MacGillivray Freeman Films and Orbita Max, a production company based in Barcelona. Featuring some of the most diverse and extreme landscapes in the world, the film will be shot in Africa and Spain where production is scheduled to begin in 2003. The production team includes award-winning broadcast journalist Jordi Llompart Mallorques as the film's director and large-format veteran Almuth Itzen as Executive Producer.  

    The Nile is the longest and the most famous world's river because of its exotic, beauty and the ancient civilizations that it sheltered, from Alexandria (Egypt) to the Rift Valley (Ethiopia), from the Mediterranean Sea to the heart of East Africa, the birth of the Blue Nile. There, many different cultures coexist with spectacular and unknown cultural heritage as the eleven rock Churches of Lalibela. "The upper region of the Nile has a history as long as the river itself," said Llompart.  "For thousands of years many unique cultures have depended on the river for survival."  With its vast environmental and historical richness, this topic lends itself perfectly to the educational storytelling medium of giant screen documentaries."  

    MacGillivray Freeman Films is currently in script development for Space Journey, a giant screen film about one of the most intriguing scientific pursuits in the modern space program--the search for life. Space Journey promises to inspire even greater interest in the questions: "Are we alone? Is there life beyond Earth?" The film will be directed by Greg MacGillivray with a script by Nick Sagan, son of legendary astronomer Carl Sagan.  

    Harrison Smith, General Manager for MacGillivray Freeman Films who negotiated the deals, noted, "MacGillivray Freeman Films is passionately committed to delivering top-quality product that serves the needs of the giant screen exhibition community.  We are excited to be collaborating with such a wide array of partners on this new roster of films and we look forward to many future years of working closely with giant screen theatre operators to foster the continuing success of the large-format industry."  

    MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world's leading independent producer and distributor of large-format motion pictures for the giant screen industry with twenty-eight titles in its film library.   Founded in 1963 by Greg MacGillivray and the late Jim Freeman, MacGillivray Freeman has received numerous critical awards for its motion pictures including two Academy Award® nominations for Best Documentary Short Subject, in 1995 for The Living Sea and in 2000 for Dolphins. Producer/Director Greg MacGillivray has shot more 70mm film than anyone in the history of the large format industry and was instrumental in the development of multiple new IMAX cameras including the first-ever lightweight IMAX camera used to climb to the top of Mt. Everest.  In 1996, MacGillivray Freeman Film's inaugural 1976 large-format film, To Fly! was selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in the National Film Archives where it joined such classics as Citizen Kane and Gone With The Wind as one of the most important films of the last century. Two years later, MacGillivray Freeman Films made industry history again when its 1998 blockbuster hit Everest became the fastest-grossing giant screen film ever and the first to reach the top ten box office chart for North America.  Everest has grossed over $115 million worldwide.  

    For more information, please contact: Lori Rick, MacGillivray Freeman Films
     949-494-1055, ext. 118,

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