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Mystery of the Nile Awarded Prestigious GSTA Special Achievement Award


Written by: Orbita Max
Date: September 28, 2005


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Producer/Director Jordi Llompart And Producer Greg MacGillivray Awarded The GSTA Special Achievement Award For Their Historic Film Mystery Of The Nile

Mystery of the Nile wins Best Cinematography, Best Soundtrack Awards At The 2005 Giant Screen Theater Association Achievement Awards; MacGillivray Freeman Films Distribution Company Receives MAC Award For Best Marketing By A Distributor

September 28, 2005 -- Director/producer Jordi Llompart and producer Greg MacGillivray were presented with a prestigious Special Achievement Award during the Giant Screen Theater Association's (GSTA) 10th annual GSTA Achievement Awards ceremony last week in Boston. The award, which was voted on by a committee of GSTA members, recognized the two filmmakers' extraordinary individual accomplishments producing the Orbita Max-MacGillivray Freeman Films giant screen co-production MYSTERY OF THE NILE, a film shot in some of the world's remotest corners under enormously challenging circumstances. Mystery of the Nile was also awarded the Best Cinematography and Best Soundtrack awards. The MacGillivray Freeman Films Distribution Company won the MAC Award for Best Marketing By A Distributor for its Mystery of the Nile campaign. The awards cap nearly eight months of critical acclaim and box office success for Mystery of the Nile, which was first released to IMAX® theatres and other giant screen cinemas in February this year.

Mystery of the Nile has taken in more than $17 million worldwide since its platform opening in February, making it the highest grossing giant screen film released in 2005 so far. The film opened in 22 giant screen theatres in February and has since played in more than 50 theatres worldwide.

Directed by Spanish filmmaker Jordi Llompart and produced by Llompart and two-time Academy Award®-nominee Greg MacGillivray, Mystery of the Nile follows the inspirational quest of explorers Pasquale Scaturro and Gordon Brown to become the first in history to successfully run the Blue Nile river from its source in Ethiopia to where it empties into the Mediterranean Sea. Mystery of the Nile was written by Llompart and edited by Stephen Judson. The film was photographed by director of photography Reed Smoot, second unit director of photography Brad Ohlund, and cinematographer Gordon Brown. The aerial photography unit was headed by Ron Goodman and Jack Tankard. David Giró composed the music with additional music and arrangements by Steve Wood.

"We are deeply honored by this recognition from the members of the GSTA whom we thank for their ongoing support of this film," said Llompart. "Mystery of the Nile has received such a warm response from audiences and film critics around the world, and we are equally grateful for this acknowledgement from the giant screen community. The GSTA film awards reaffirm our vision of making a large format film that successfully combines adventure, culture and society in an epic journey that both inspires and educates viewers."

Added MacGillivray, "Mystery of the Nile is the result of a highly successful creative collaboration by a team of talented and experienced filmmakers. Reed Smoot and Brad Ohlund are two of the best cinematographers in the business. Stephen Judson is one of its top editors, and the inspired music of David Giró and Steve Wood give the project its spiritual soul. Their work, and that of everyone else associated with this project, helped make Mystery of the Nile a deeply moving film that audiences can connect to emotionally."

The Mystery of the Nile production made history when its explorers became the first to successfully run the entire Blue Nile river from source to sea -- all while recording their adventure with an IMAX camera and two videocams. Cinematographer Gordon Brown and expedition leader Pasquale Scaturro succeeded in shepherding the 80-pound IMAX camera more than 3,000 miles down the Blue Nile, surviving crocodile attacks, military arrests, gunfire from bandits, and a capsized raft in class 5 whitewater rapids.

"We have the utmost respect and appreciation for Gordon and Pasquale's herculean efforts, not only for succeeding at such an extraordinary mission but for capturing their amazing story on film," said MacGillivray. "Their accomplishments gave us some incredible material to work with as we made the film."

The MAC Award for Best Marketing By A Distributor is the MacGillivray Freeman Films Distribution Company's fourth such award, following wins in the same category for Everest, Dolphins, and Journey Into Amazing Caves. For the launch of Mystery of the Nile, MacGililvray Freeman Films coordinated a far-reaching marketing and promotional effort that included the publication of a companion book, a 15-city promotional tour, and marketing partnerships with major outdoor and travel companies such as Teva, Ex Officio, Eureka! and Mountain Travel Sobek. The award was accepted by Director of Marketing Alice Casbara, Sponsorship and Promotions Manager Patty Collins, and Director of Public Relations Lori Rick.

Mystery of the Nile will continue to open in giant screen theaters throughout the remainder of the year and into 2006. It is the fifth MacGillivray Freeman film to be released under the company's Great Adventure Film® brand -- a series of films based on real-life adventures in remote locations that celebrate the discovery of the natural world.

About Orbita Max (
Founded by award-winning Spanish journalist and filmmaker Jordi Llompart, Orbita Max (Barcelona, Spain) brings creativity and service to audiovisual production in a key segment of cultural industry development using a variety of documentary and semi-documentary formats. One of the main activities of Orbita Max is producing large format documentaries for IMAX theaters, an area of specialized cinematography in which the interest is growing enormously throughout the world and where Orbita Max is playing a pioneering role in Spain by producing Mystery of the Nile, the first large format Spanish production in history.

About MacGillivray Freeman Films (
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the largest, most experienced independent producer and distributor of giant screen 70mm films in the world. Throughout the company's 40-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations for Best Documentary Short Subject for Dolphins and The Living Sea. The company's hit film Everest achieved unprecedented acclaim and box office success for a large format film and is currently the highest grossing giant screen film of all time. 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. The company's next Great Adventure Film, Greece: Secrets of the Past, will be released in March 2006, followed by Storm On The Bayou, a film about the Louisiana wetlands and the effects of Hurricane Katrina, in May 2006.

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