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Robert Redford to Narrate Grand Canyon Adventure 3D


Written by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Date: March 12, 2008

The film begins its nationwide release on March 14 in anticipation of World Water Day on March 22.


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LAGUNA BEACH, Ca. (March 12, 2008) -- MacGillivray Freeman Films announced today that Academy Award® winner and noted environmentalist Robert Redford will narrate the company's upcoming giant screen film GRAND CANYON ADVENTURE: RIVER AT RISK 3D a 3D film for IMAX Theatres. As new scientific studies forecast water shortages in the Western U.S. and around the world, Grand Canyon Adventure 3D explores the issues, presents real solutions and delivers an uplifting mess of hope for future generations, showing how ordinary people can make a difference for our parched planet.

Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk 3D debuts at an invitation-only premiere Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX Theatre in New York City. Presented by innovative outdoor footwear company Teva and supported by the global leader in kitchen and bath design and technology Kohler Co. -- two companies with a longstanding commitment to water conservation -- Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk 3D begins its nationwide release on March 14 in anticipation of World Water Day (March 22). The film is produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films (producers of the blockbuster giant-screen hit Everest and many others) and MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, in association with Waterkeeper Alliance and Museum Film Network.

Set in the Grand Canyon on the iconic Colorado River and featuring the first-ever IMAX 3D images of the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk 3D calls attention to the fact that an estimated 1.5 billion people -- one in five on the planet -- lack access to safe water, while 5 million people die every year due to water-borne illnesses. The U.N. estimates that 40% of the world could face perilous shortages by the year 2050. The Colorado River -- a source of water and power to 25 million Americans -- is itself the victim of a severe drought cycle now facing the American Southwest. Researchers predict this mega-drought could last into the next century, threatening to wreck havoc among the seven states that depend heavily on the river's water.

Leading this important expedition are two environmental heroes: world-renowned river advocate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and celebrated author/anthropologist/explorer Wade Davis, each accompanied by their daughters -- Kick Kennedy and Tara Davis -- for whom this journey will become a moving rite of passage. They are guided by Shana Watahomigie, a Native American of the Havasupai tribe and the first member of her tribe to become a National Park Ranger and river guide. A stirring score featuring songs and music from the Grammy Award-winning Dave Matthews Band sets the mood for this adventure that explores the spiritual, artistic and life-sustaining powers of water.

"We're honored and delighted to have Robert Redford contribute his prodigious talents to the narration of Grand Canyon Adventure 3D," says the film's two-time Academy Award-nominated producer/director Greg MacGillivray. "As the film's narrator, Robert Redford's passion for filmmaking and his longstanding commitment to advancing environmental issues give him a wholly unique perspective for providing the film's narrative thread."

Winner of the Best Director Oscar for his 1980 Film, Ordinary People and Best Actor nominee for his work in The Sting, Robert Redford is a paragon of fine American filmmaking. Four decades of dedicated work in cinema and his relentless commitment to the Sundance Institute and film festival make Redford a driving force in the motion picture industry.

In addition to his work as an actor, director and producer, Robert Redford has been a noted environmentalist and activist since the early 1970s and has served for some 30 years as a Trustee of the Board for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Redford has been involved with the passage of many pieces of environmental legislation including some of the seminal environmental laws of the land such as, the Clean Air Act (1974-75), The Energy Conservation and Production Act (1974-76) and the National Energy Policy Act (1989). Redford has remained highly active with local, regional and national organizations on a variety of environmental, arts and social justice issues throughout his life.

Shot in four weeks almost entirely on the Colorado River, the challenging production took the 350-pound 3D IMAX camera through its paces and involved the cooperation of three Indian nations, the National Park Service, Teva and its team of champion kayakers and more than a dozen experienced river guides. The filming of Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk 3D represents the largest filmmaking expedition in the canyon's recent history and the last major film production of its magnitude to be shot in the canyon due to new protective restrictions on the number of crew members and equipment allowed.

"In our film, the Colorado River becomes a metaphor for global water issues, revealing how interconnected our rivers, water supply and human actions really are," says MacGillivray. "A river trip is one of those amazing life events where you're ripped out of your daily routine and inspired to see the world in new ways. With IMAX 3D images, we're able to put the audience even more into the action and let them participate in every twist and turn."

Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk 3D is directed by Greg MacGillivray, produced by Greg MacGillivray, Mark Krenzien, and Shaun MacGillivray, and written by Jack Stephens and Stephen Judson. The original score is co-composed by Steve Wood and Dave Matthews Band's Stefan Lessard.

A photographic companion book authored by Wade Davis and featuring a Foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. -- Grand Canyon: River at Risk -- is available from Earth Aware Editions to coincide with the film's release.

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, the company's films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award nominations for Best Documentary Short Subject for Dolphins in 2000 and in 1995 for The Living Sea. The company's film Everest achieved unprecedented acclaim and box office success for a large format film and is currently the highest grossing giant screen film in history with more than $135 million in worldwide box office receipts. 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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