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Alps Nominated at Jackson Hole Film Fest

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Written by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Date: August 6, 2007

Alps also nominated in the Giant Screen Cinema Association Achievement Awards.

  

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MacGillivray Freeman's Giant Screen Mountain Adventure is One of Three Finalists Nominated To Compete In the Best Theatrical Program Category

Laguna Beach, California, August 6, 2007 -- MacGillivray Freeman Films' original giant screen production THE ALPS was nominated as one of three finalists to compete for the Best Theatrical Program Award at the prestigious 2007 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Winners will be announced October 4 at the festival's Awards Ceremony in Jackson Hole.

The nomination follows a string of nominations received by The Alps for the Giant Screen Cinema Association Achievement Awards announced in June. The Alps was nominated for the Best Film Award, Best Cinematography Award, and the Best Soundtrack Award. Award winners will be announced in September at the GSCA conference in Vancouver.

"We are honored to have been selected as a finalist in the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival competition," said director Stephen Judson. "The Alps is designed as a moving, family story of courage and perseverance, focusing on one man's epic struggle to reconnect with the father he lost as a boy. This intensely personal story is played out in one of the most majestic places in the world -- the Swiss Alps -- which inspired the film's dramatic, sweeping cinematography. We aimed to celebrate both the rugged power of the mountains, and their fragile beauty."

The Alps was released to giant screen theatres on March 9, 2007 with more than 30 exhibitions scheduled this year. Narrated by Michael Gambon and featuring songs and music by rock legend Queen, The Alps follows the inspirational quest of mountaineer John Harlin to climb the Eiger's sheer North Face in honor of his father who died climbing the same peak 40 years earlier.

"The Alps has all the qualities that audiences love in giant screen films," adds Mike Lutz, Director of Distribution at MacGillivray Freeman Films Distribution Company. "It offers breathtaking cinematography, fascinating people, an exotic location, and life-enriching themes that inspire you long after you exit the theatre. The nomination for the Best Theatrical Program Award is another indication of the film's high quality and appeal to viewers."

The Alps continues to open in giant screen theatres around the world. It is the seventh film to be released under MacGillivray Freeman's Great Adventure Film® brand, a series of films based on real-life adventures in remote locations that celebrate discovery of the natural world.

The Alps was produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films and presented by Holcim and Switzerland Tourism in association with Four Eyes 4iS. The film was directed by Stephen Judson; produced by Greg MacGillivray and Mark Krenzien; executive produced by Alex Biner; narrated by Michael Gambon; written by Stephen Venables and Stephen Judson; edited by Stephen Judson; director of photography is Brad Ohlund; director of mountain photography is Michael Brown; director of aerial photography is Ron Goodman; music by Steve Wood with songs and music by Queen.

About MacGillivray Freeman Films (www.macfreefilms.com)
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.

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