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MFF, A.G. Spanos Companies Partner to Produce Film Celebrating Greece


Written by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Date: September 20, 2004


Category: Press Releases

Laguna Beach, California, September 20, 2004 -- Large format film producers MacGillivray Freeman Films (MFF) and A.G. S. Communications, LLC (AGSC), a division of A.G. Spanos Companies, have signed a deal to develop and produce a large format film for IMAX® theatres that celebrates the illustrious history of Greece and its role as the birthplace of modern civilization. Under the terms of the deal, AGSC will provide major funding for the production, tentatively titled GREECE: SECRETS OF THE PAST, which is being produced and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films for release in 2006. The film is budgeted at $6 million.

Alexander G. Spanos, founder and chairman of A.G. Spanos Companies, is known worldwide for his philanthropy and major contributions in support of education, the arts, and all communities. He will serve as the film's Executive Producer in an effort to pay tribute to Greece's celebrated past. Greece: Secrets of the Past is the first film project supported by AGSC. Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray will direct and produce the film.

"As longtime supporters of projects that enhance awareness and appreciation of Greek culture and heritage, we are particularly delighted with this opportunity to support an international film project that will celebrate the splendor of Greece and its profound contributions to western culture and civilization," said Mr. Spanos. "MacGillivray Freeman Films makes superb educational films, and we are most excited to be working with them to realize our shared vision of this unique and most treasured place and time in history."

"Mr. Spanos' widespread contributions in support of education and the arts ranks among the most significant in the world, and we are extremely grateful to be working with him and his family on this film project," added MacGillivray. "His keen interest in Greek culture and history ensures that our film will bring the grandeur and the historical importance of the birthplace of democracy to millions of IMAX theatre audience members who embrace films that educate and inspire them with new knowledge about their world."

Added Dea Berberian of A.G.S. Communications, "This year's Olympic celebrations featured Greece as a fascinating culture and place and stimulated the public's interest in the film's subject matter, which is why we've chosen to release the film early next year. We believe the film will awaken a newfound public appreciation for the great connection between Greece's ancient treasures and cultural past and our modern sensibilities and artistic achievements of today."

Greece: Secrets of the Past is a modern-day story of discovery that will take film audiences on an archeological journey through time to three periods of ancient Greece where mysterious stories hidden for millennia will come alive. The magnificence of Greece, her monuments and her mysteries, will be revealed as time-honored testaments to the early human achievements of man.

MFF is producing the film in association with the Canadian Museum of Civilization and with major funding also from the National Science Foundation The film will be the sixth of MFF's Great Adventure Films following such box office hits as EVEREST, DOLPHINS, JOURNEY INTO AMAZING CAVES, and CORAL REEF ADVENTURE, each of which has been the highest grossing new documentary film in the year they were released. To extend the reach and impact of the film, MFF will produce a complementary education outreach program for use in schools and museum education programs.

About Alex Spanos

The son of Greek immigrants, Alex Spanos is one of the nation's most dynamic business leaders. As founder and chairman of Stockton, California-based A.G. Spanos Companies, he is credited with transforming a modest business venture into a corporate giant that is ranked at the top of the national housing industry. The head of one of the Fortune 500 companies, Spanos presides over more than 10 companies with more than 500 employees. The Spanos organization has built more than 100,000 apartment units and owns more than 3 million square feet of commercial property in 18 states. In 1984, Spanos assumed ownership of the San Diego Chargers, realizing a lifelong dream.

Spanos and his wife Faye are known for their lifetime of philanthropy and humanitarian achievements. Alex Spanos in particular has been recognized for his commitment to community and humanity. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including six Doctoral degrees, the Horatio Alger Award, The Starbright Foundation Heart of Gold Award, Republic of Cyprus Grand Cross of the Order of Makarios III, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Gloria Swanson Humanitarian Award, and the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith's National Distinguished Community Service Award for devotion to community and concern for others. Just last month, he was appointed by the President to represent the U.S. at the Athens' Olympic Opening Ceremony.

About MacGillivray Freeman Films

MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world's most experienced independent producer and distributor of giant screen films with thirty large format films to its credit. Over its forty-year history, MFF has produced many of the most successful films in the large format industry, including such classics as TO FLY!, Everest, Coral Reef Adventure, and the Academy Award®-nominated documentaries Dolphins and THE LIVING SEA. MacGillivray Freeman's films are known for their artistry and successful blend of education and entertainment, as well as their celebration of science and the natural world. MacGillivray's contributions to the art and science of giant screen filmmaking have been honored with numerous awards and accolades. MacGillivray recently accepted the Bradford Washburn Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Museum of Science, Boston, for his contribution to science education. He joins an illustrious group of previous honorees that includes Jacques Cousteau, Walter Cronkite, Sylvia Earle, Jane Goodall and Carl Sagan.

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

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