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MFF Wins Six GSCA Awards


Written by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Date: October 4, 2007

HURRICANE ON THE BAYOU receives Best Film Award, ALPS receives Best Cinematography.


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MacGillivray Freeman Films Honored With Six GSCA Achievement Awards including Best Film of the Year for Hurricane on the Bayou and Best Cinematography for The Alps

October 4, 2007, Laguna Beach, California -- Premier independent giant screen film producer MacGillivray Freeman Films was honored with six GSCA Achievement Awards at this year's annual Giant Screen Cinema Association conference in Vancouver, winning in all production categories for which it was eligible. HURRICANE ON THE BAYOU received three awards -- Best Film of the Year, Best Sound, Best Film for Lifelong Learning -- and THE ALPS received the Best Cinematography Award. A Special Achievement in Filmmaking Award was also presented to Ron Goodman, the founder of Spacecam and The Alps director of aerial photography, for his groundbreaking aerial cinematography in the Swiss Alps.

The MacGillivray Freeman Films Distribution Company was the winner of the Award for Best Film Launch by a Distributor for Hurricane on the Bayou.  The Award honors film distributors who demonstrate the best marketing package designed and produced by the film distributor while launching a film. This is the fifth Marketing Award presented to the MacGillivray Freeman Films Distribution Company, following awards for Everest (1998), Dolphins (2000), Journey Into Amazing Caves (2001) and Mystery of the Nile (2005).

The GSCA Achievement Awards are voted on by the 280 members of the Giant Screen Cinema Association representing the more than 400 giant screen theatres worldwide and the Marketing Awards are voted on by a panel of judges who are also members.

"We are deeply honored by this overwhelming recognition of our films from our friends and colleagues in the GSCA," said Greg MacGillivray, producer/director of Hurricane on the Bayou and President of MacGillivray Freeman Films.  "We strive to make films that make a difference in the world while maximizing the true potential of the giant screen medium, and if Hurricane on the Bayou can help the people of Louisiana recover their coastline, and if The Alps can help families and individuals overcome their greatest fears, then we will have succeeded in our mission."

Added Stephen Judson, director of The Alps and Vice President of Production and Post-Production, "This year's GSCA conference was evidence once again of the abundant talent that exists in this industry.  We applaud all the other filmmakers whose work continues to light up the giant screen. Receiving awards is great, but what we really value is the chance to work among so many dedicated and inspired colleagues whose stories are providing meaningful entertainment for audiences across the globe."

"This is a big shot in the arm for our entire creative team" said Harrison Smith, General Manager.  "As we finish Grand Canyon Adventure and we head into the field to film Return to Everest, Arabia, and many others, this recognition from the GSCA membership drives us to continue raising our filmmaking standards."

"The Marketing Award for Hurricane on the Bayou would not be possible without our esteemed production and promotional partners at Audubon Nature Institute and The Weather Channel," said Mike Lutz, Director of Distribution at MacGillivray Freeman Films Distribution Company. "This recognition from the GSCA further inspires us to continue creating innovative marketing resources and new ideas for the future."

Hurricane on the Bayou and The Alps are now playing in or coming soon to more than 125 giant screen theatres worldwide. Hurricane on the Bayou is also available for release to 8/70 theatres and an 8/70 version of The Alps will be available in January.

Released in December, Hurricane on the Bayou is the powerful story of Louisiana's endangered wetlands and the impact of Hurricane Katrina told through the personal stories of four New Orleans musicians affected by the storm. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep, the film features music by some of New Orleans' greatest talents including Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, Fats Domino, Marva Wright, Allen Toussaint, Tab Benoit and Amanda Shaw. Hurricane on the Bayou was directed and produced by Greg MacGillivray, executive produced by Audubon Nature Institute, written and co-directed by Glen Pitre, edited by Jim Foster and Neguine Sanani, with music by Steve Wood.  The director of photography was Brad Ohlund. Sound mixing was conducted by Ken Teaney, CAS and Marshall Garlington of Wilshire Stages with sound design and editing by Andrew DeCristofaro, MPSE of Soundeluxe.  The film is a production of the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation and presented by The Weather Channel.

Released in March, The Alps takes viewers on a journey across the majestic landscape of Switzerland while following a mountaineer's quest to climb the Eiger's storied North Face in honor of his father who died climbing the same mountain.  Featuring songs and music by rock legend Queen and some of the most dramatic aerial cinematography ever seen on the giant screen, The Alps was directed by Stephen Judson, produced by Greg MacGillivray and Mark Krenzien, executive produced by Alex Biner, written by Stephen Venables and Stephen Judson, edited by Stephen Judson, with music by Steve Wood.  Directors of photography were Brad Ohlund (ground), Ron Goodman (aerial), and Michael Brown (mountain).  The film is presented by Holcim and Switzerland Tourism in association with 4iS Four Eyes.

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 production, Grand Canyon Adventure, will be released on March 14, 2008 in giant screen theatres and 3D giant screen theatres worldwide.

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