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Hurricane on the Bayou Wins Accolade Award for Excellence


Written by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Date: May 22, 2007

The film previously won the Youth Prize at the La Géode Film Festival in Paris.


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Laguna Beach, California, May 22, 2007 -- MacGillivray Freeman Films is pleased to announce that HURRICANE ON THE BAYOU is the winner of an Accolade Award for Excellence in the 2007 Accolade Competition. Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation with executive producer Audubon Nature Institute and presented by The Weather Channel, Hurricane on the Bayou is the stunning, emotional portrayal of Louisiana's endangered coastline and the impact of Hurricane Katrina and is directed by two-time Academy Award® nominee Greg MacGillivray.

The Accolade Award recognizes film, television and video productions that demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and that contributes to profound social change. Entries are judged by professionals in the film and television industry.

"We are honored to receive an Accolade Award and the recognition that Hurricane on the Bayou is an important film that seeks to highlight the urgent story of Louisiana's vanishing wetlands," said producer/director Greg MacGillivray. "We made this film to shine a light on one of America's most unique environmental and cultural regions and to draw attention to what must be done to restore and preserve this national treasure."

Adds Karyn Noles Bewley, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas at Audubon Nature Institute: "Hurricane on the Bayou gives viewers a visceral experience of what Louisiana and the city of New Orleans mean to the rest of the world, especially in the wake of Katrina. Whether it's the intimate close-ups of an alligator with her baby or the stunning aerial views of the region's vibrant marshes and swamps or the scenes of Cajun musicians celebrating their land, Hurricane on the Bayou shows what it would mean to lose this essential part of America, and why we can't let that happen."

Celebrated for its sweeping visuals of the Louisiana bayou, Hurricane on the Bayou previously won the Youth Prize at the La Géode Film Festival in Paris. Hurricane on the Bayou was released in December 2006 and is now playing or coming soon to more than 75 giant screen theatres. It is also available for release to 8/70 theatres.

Narrated by Academy Award®-winning actress Meryl Streep, Hurricane on the Bayou carries audiences behind today's news headlines on a journey deep into the heart of Louisiana. Unfolding against the poignant backdrop of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane on the Bayou follows a group of four musicians, both legendary and rising, as they explore the beautiful, alligator-filled bayous on airboats; recount their personal stories of Katrina; and most of all, bring the focus to the rapidly disappearing wetlands that are New Orleans' first line of defense against deadly storms. Hurricane on the Bayou is both a haunting document of a Katrina's powerful effects, a profound musical celebration of the city that has been called the "soul of America," and a compelling call to restore New Orleans and protect the vital wetlands from which the city's unique identity first arose.

About Audubon Nature Institute
Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums and parks based in New Orleans and dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Audubon Nature Institute's flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX Theatre, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. The Institute's mission includes preserving native Louisiana habitats, exhibiting the diversity of wildlife, educating a diverse audience about the natural world and enhancing the care and survival of wildlife through research and conservation.

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.

About MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation
The MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to produce and fund educational giant screen films and companion programming that promote greater awareness and preservation of our planet's environmental and cultural heritage.

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