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Written by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Date: February 13th, 2001

MacGillivray Freeman Films' DOLPHINS Receives Oscar® Nomination


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MACGILLIVRAY FREEMAN'S "DOLPHINS" NOMINATED FOR 2000 Academy Award® For Best Documentary (Short Subject)

Laguna Beach, CA, February 13, 2001-MacGillivray Freeman's IMAX® theatre film DOLPHINS has been nominated for a 2000 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject). The awards will be held in Los Angeles on March 25, 2001.

DOLPHINS chronicles the exploits of two young dolphin researchers as they travel from the Bahamas to Patagonia studying the communication and social habits of these captivating and much loved "ambassadors of the sea."

"DOLPHINS combines our company's mission of promoting ocean awareness and conservation with an informative look at dolphins and their unique relationship with man. We are particularly proud of the heightened public awareness the film has inspired of both these marvelous creatures and of their habitat-and it is a tremendous honor to have the film nominated by the Academy as well," says Greg MacGillivray, the film's Producer/Director.

DOLPHINS previously received a nomination this past fall from the International Documentary Association for its 2000 Award for Distinguished (Short) Documentary Achievement, a first for a large format, IMAX theatre film. DOLPHINS is the second film about ocean conservation from MacGillivray Freeman following THE LIVING SEA, which also received an Oscar® nomination for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 1995.

"It's particularly gratifying to have been selected this year, as it marks the 60th anniversary of the Academy honoring documentaries with Awards, as well as being the first year it has established the new Documentary Film Branch," said fellow Producer Alec Lorimore. "It's an immense tribute to the many talented filmmakers and dedicated dolphin researchers who collaborated with us to make the film a success."

Academy rules require that members see all the films nominated in the Best Documentary categories at special screenings in order to be eligible to vote. "We very much hope Academy voters will take the time to see all these wonderful films, and to support documentaries in general by voting in this important category," Lorimore said. The schedule and locations of the screenings, along with other information about Academy voting procedures, is available on the film's website,

DOLPHINS has proven a big success at the box office, grossing over $37 million worldwide since its March 2000 release, becoming the fastest-grossing 40-minute large format film since MacGillivray Freeman's EVEREST was released in 1998. DOLPHINS is narrated by Pierce Brosnan, and features songs and music by Sting, including an original song he wrote for the film. The soundtrack is available on Pangaea Records. Two companion books-Dolphins, by best-selling author Tim Cahill, and a children's book, Meeting Dolphins, written by the film's star marine biologist, Kathleen Dudzinski-are available from National Geographic Books.

DOLPHINS was produced in association with the National Wildlife Federation with major funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). "The National Science Foundation is proud to be associated with DOLPHINS, a film that has drawn large audiences with its strong artistic and entertainment values, while simultaneously exposing them to substantive science presented in a manner integral to its storyline," said Dr. Hyman Field, the NSF's Senior Advisor for Public Understanding of Research. "The producers have gone out of their way to meaningfully involve both scientists and science educators in the film's development and production. This type of satisfying experience will keep audiences coming back for more."

Founded in 1966 by Greg MacGillivray and the late Jim Freeman, MacGillivray Freeman Films has been setting the standard in large-screen filmmaking for over twenty-five years. In 1996, MacGillivray Freeman's inaugural IMAX theatre project, TO FLY! (1976), was selected by the Librarian of Congress for inclusion in America's National Film Registry.

The company's next film, JOURNEY INTO AMAZING CAVES, will be released to select IMAX and other large format theatres starting in March 2001.

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

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