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MacGillivray, ST Giant Films Donate to Chinese Earthquake Relief Efforts


Written by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Date: June 9, 2008

As luncheon co-hosts, MacGillivray Freeman Films and ST Giant Films donated funds originally intended to pay for luncheon beverages.


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Kick Kennedy Presents Donation to Beijing Red Cross During the Shanghai Science & Technology Center's Science Week Film Festival

LAGUNA BEACH, Ca. (June 9, 2008) -- MacGillivray Freeman Films and its Chinese distributor, ST Giant Films, donated Y20,000 yuan to Chinese earthquake relief efforts following the 7.9 earthquake in central China. The donation was announced on May 17 during the opening luncheon of the Shanghai Science & Technology Center's giant screen Science Week Film Festival. As luncheon co-hosts, MacGillivray Freeman Films and ST Giant Films donated funds originally intended to pay for luncheon beverages.

Representatives from MacGillivray Freeman Films and St Giant Films traveled to a Beijing Red Cross collection center on May 20 to donate Y10,000. The donation was deposited by Kick Kennedy who was in China to introduce MacGillivray Freeman's new giant screen film Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk 3D, which opened the film festival. Kick Kennedy appears in the film with her father, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on a river trip down the Colorado. Grand Canyon Adventure calls attention to the world's growing fresh water crisis.

Joining Kennedy at the Red Cross center were Mike Lutz and Meghan MacGillivray from MacGillivray Freeman Films and William McQiu from ST Giant Films.

On May 30, ST Giant Films made a Y10,000 yuan matching contribution to the Red Cross Collection Center through Beijing Association of Science & Technology. The funds will be used to supply continuing needs for communication equipment required by relief workers as they extend their efforts into more rural areas of the earthquake-stricken region.

"This donation is an earnest expression of our concern and support for the victims of the tragic Chengdu earthquake," said Mike Lutz, President of MacGillivray Freeman Films Distribution Company. "Our heart is with the families of the victims and our deepest respect goes out to all of the people contributing to the relief. It was a somber trip to China for our group."

"I am so proud to be a part of this relief effort" said William McQiu, President of ST Giant Films. "The task before the relief crews is massive and we hope our contribution will make a difference in the lives of many people in my native country."

Grand Canyon Adventure was one of ten giant screen films shown during the Shanghai film festival. As new scientific studies forecast water shortages in the Western U.S. and around the world, Grand Canyon Adventure explores the issues, presents real solutions and delivers an uplifting message of hope for future generations, showing how ordinary people can make a difference for the parched planet.

Grand Canyon Adventure is narrated by Robert Redford and features songs and music by Dave Matthews Band. The film is produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation in association with Museum Film Network, Reynders McVeigh Capital Management, and Waterkeeper Alliance. It is presented by Teva and supported by Kohler Co. The film is directed by Greg MacGillivray; produced by Greg MacGillivray, Mark Krenzien, Shaun MacGillivray; written by Jack Stephens and Stephen Judson; edited by Stephen Judson; with musical score composed and arranged by Steve Wood and Stefan Lessard.

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-plus 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. Two of the company's films -- To Fly! and The Living Sea -- have been inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. In 1998 the company's hit film Everest achieved unprecedented box office success for a large format film and is currently the highest grossing giant screen film of all time. More recently, the Giant Screen Cinema Association named Hurricane on the Bayou the Best Giant Screen Film of 2007. MacGillivray Freeman films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world.

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