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MacGillivray Freeman Films to release Van Gogh: Brush With Genius


Written by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Date: August 20, 2008

The film is slated for worldwide release on February 9, 2009.


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Film Will Premiere At The Giant Screen Cinema Association Conference In Jersey City Followed By a Special Screening in New York City To Coincide With the Opening of The Museum of Modern Art's Van Gogh Exhibition

LAGUNA BEACH, Ca., (August 20, 2008) -- MacGillivray Freeman Films announced today it had signed a worldwide distribution agreement with Caméra Lucida and La Géode for the release of VAN GOGH: BRUSH WITH GENIUS, a 40-minute giant screen film about the life and paintings of Vincent van Gogh. Filmed entirely in 15/70mm in France and the Netherlands, Van Gogh captures the breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary colors of the painter's most famous works, seen for the first time with the stunning visual effects of the giant screen film medium. The film is slated for worldwide release on February 9, 2009.

Created by Peter Knapp and Francois Bertrand with the cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum, the Musee d'Orsay, and the Kröller-Müller Museum, Van Gogh traces the artist's remarkable journey from the time of his first canvasses at the age of 27 to the masterpieces he produced before his tragic death at age 37. Told through the eyes of Van Gogh and based on more than 900 personal letters, the film transforms the work of the world's most popular artist into a completely new entertainment experience.

"Van Gogh uses the full force of the IMAX Theatre experience to create a deeply personal portrait of the artist that will intensify viewers' admiration for his work," said director Francois Bertrand. "Audiences will rediscover a Van Gogh they never knew before and appreciate anew the stunning landscapes and vibrant colors that give his work their strength and beauty. We are honored to be the first to bring the energy and vitality of Van Gogh's art to IMAX Theatres."

"MacGillivray Freeman Films has a history of innovation in our small industry. From the first comedy on the giant screen, To Fly! in 1976, to the first cultural art film, Dance of Life in 1984, we have tried to offer our customers new, out-of-the-box thinking and entertainment," said Greg MacGillivray, President of MacGillivray Freeman Films who served as a creative consultant on the film. "The Van Gogh film is unlike any other IMAX Theatre film before."

"This remarkable film gives theatre directors a wonderful new tool for attracting art lovers all over the world to their theatres and offers an unprecedented opportunity for fans to experience this master painter's work, and the landscapes that inspired them, in a completely new way, " said Mike Lutz, President of MacGillivray Freeman Films Distribution Company. "The release of Van Gogh reinforces MacGillivray Freeman's commitment to bringing unique and meaningful cinema experiences to giant screen audiences worldwide."

Van Gogh leads viewers on a journey through the surprisingly short 10-year period of the artist's career during which he painted more than 700 paintings. Told from the perspectives of three main characters -- Ellen, a museum researcher, Peter, a film director, and Vincent van Gogh himself -- Van Gogh follows in the artist's footsteps, traveling from the Netherlands to Auvers-sur-Oise and passing through Arles, Saint-Rémy and Paris. From the dazzling yellow of the artist's famous cornfields to the deep blue of his famous night sky, audiences will rediscover the source of some of the most important works in art history.

Van Gogh: Brush With Genius will have its world premiere on September 10, 2008 at the Giant Screen Cinema Association conference in Jersey City. A special screening will be held in New York City on September 19 at the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX Theatre to coincide with the opening of The Museum of Modern Art's "Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night" exhibition on September 21. The film will premiere in Europe on February 9, 2009 at Omniversum in The Hague, Netherlands in conjunction with the Van Gogh Museum's opening of the same art exhibition in Amsterdam on February 13.

Distribution of the film will be handled by Mike Lutz and Bob Harman at MacGillivray Freeman Films Distribution Company in all territories except France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. These will be handled by Laurent Dondey at La Géode.

Van Gogh: Brush With Genius is a co-production of Caméra Lucida and La Géode. The film's artistic director is Peter Knapp. The film is directed and produced by Francois Bertrand; director of photography is Vincent Mathias; music is composed by Armand Amar.

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 44-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award nominations and two IMAX Hall of Fame awards. The company's blockbuster film Everest achieved unprecedented box office success for a giant screen film and is currently the highest grossing giant screen film of all time. In 2004, company president Greg MacGillivray and his wife Barbara founded the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation to fund and produce educational giant screen films and companion educational programming focusing on science, the environment, world culture and natural heritage locations. MacGillivray Freeman films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world.

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