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Written by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Date: January 23, 2006

  

Category: Press Releases

MacGillivray Freeman Films Inks Nia Vardalos as Voice of IMAX® Theatre Adventure Greece: Secrets of the Past

Acclaimed Greek American Actress to Narrate Original Giant Screen Journey of Discovery Back In Time To the Golden Age of Ancient Greece

Laguna Beach, California, January 23, 2006 -- MacGillivray Freeman Films today announced that its upcoming original giant screen production, GREECE: SECRETS OF THE PAST, will be narrated by acclaimed actress Nia Vardalos (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING). The film will be the first documentary ever to boast the voice of Vardalos who is of Greek descent.

Slated for release to select IMAX® theatres and other large format cinemas on February 16, 2006, GREECE: SECRETS OF THE PAST is the sixth film in MacGillivray Freeman's critically acclaimed Great Adventure Film® series, following such successful box office hits as EVEREST, the Academy Award®-nominated DOLPHINS, CORAL REEF ADVENTURE, and last year's MYSTERY OF THE NILE, which was the highest grossing giant screen film of 2005.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the prodigiously talented Nia Vardalos whose warmth, humor and deep intelligence make her the perfect host on this cinematic journey into ancient Greek history," said director/producer Greg MacGillivray. "As someone who has left her own mark on our popular culture, Nia's participation resonates deeply with the themes of our film, which celebrate the vast influence ancient Greek culture has had on modern society today."

Adds Mike Lutz, Director of Distribution, "Nia's enormous talents as a performer will add a wonderful wit, style and greater dimension of accessibility to the film. She has a history of reaching audiences of all backgrounds and ages—the perfect quality to bring to life this enlightening story about our western heritage."

The Canadian-born, internationally acclaimed writer and actress has had a diverse entertainment career working in feature films, television, and the theater. She is the writer and star of one of the highest-grossing independent feature films in history, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, which grossed more than $240 million in the U.S., and which earned her an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture, and a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Original screenplay, among many other awards. As the most successful romantic comedy of all time, the film also won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Motion Picture.

GREECE: SECRETS OF THE PAST is a modern day detective story that transports audiences back in time to the Golden Age of ancient Greece and the birthplace of Western Civilization. A sweeping archeological journey to the past, the films sets out to uncover the buried secrets of one of the world's most enlightened societies that for 100 years between 500 BC and 400 BC became the center of human thought and creativity and laid many of the foundations for the way we live today.

GREECE: SECRETS OF THE PAST was directed by Greg MacGillivray, produced by MacGillivray and Alec Lorimore, and executive produced by Alex G. Spanos, Dea Spanos Berberian, Georgette Alithinos and Harrison Smith. The film is presented by Alex G. Spanos in association with the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Museum Film Network with major funding provided by the National Science Foundation and MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation.

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. In 1998, the company's film Everest achieved unprecedented acclaim and box office success for a large format film and is the second highest grossing documentary of all time with more than $130 million at the worldwide box office. More recently, the company's Coral Reef Adventure was named Best Film of the Year by the Giant Screen Theater Association. 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.

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