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MacGillivray Freeman Films To Distribute Science Museum of Minnesota's Giant-Screen Film Library


Written by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Date: September 10, 2009

The films have been seen by more than 60 million viewers worldwide.


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LAGUNA BEACH, Ca. (September 10, 2009) -- MacGillivray Freeman Films today announced it has acquired distribution rights to five award-winning giant-screen films produced and distributed by the Science Museum of Minnesota. The titles -- Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees, The Greatest Places, Ring of Fire, Search for the Great Sharks, and Tropical Rainforest -- are proven performers at the giant-screen box office and together have been seen by more than 60 million viewers worldwide.

"It is an honor to represent these premier quality films produced for the giant screen, and we couldn't be more pleased," said Mike Lutz, Senior Vice President for Business Development, MacGillivray Freeman Films. "The Science Museum of Minnesota and all of their top-notch production partners have provided millions of viewers with these stellar giant-screen experiences, which resonate with MacGillivray Freeman's mission to offer only the best original 15perf/70mm productions. We look forward to working closely with the Science Museum of Minnesota and finding new and ever more creative ways of finding fresh audiences for the films."

"We have had a long and fruitful association with these films both as producer and distributor, and we are delighted they will find new longevity through the creative distribution efforts of MacGillivray Freeman Films," said Mike Day, Senior Vice President, Science Museum of Minnesota, who served as Executive Producer for all the films. "We continue to believe wholeheartedly in the value that educational giant-screen films bring to our institution and in their ability to fulfill our core mission to make meaningful lifelong learning opportunities available to everyone."

About The Films
A giant-screen journey into the world of wild chimpanzees with the world famous Dr. Jane Goodall, the film chronicles Goodall's more than 40 years of legendary work among the chimpanzees in Africa. Presented by Bank of America. Produced by Sudbury Science Films with the Science Museum of Minnesota, Science North, and Discovery Place, Inc. Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation.

An exploration around the fiery Pacific Rim, this film examines the geological causes of volcanoes and how people have adapted to living in their shadow. A presentation of the Science Museum of Minnesota, Museum Educational Productions, Inc., the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center, and Graphic Films Corporation.

An unforgettable journey into the heart of the rainforest that brings to life the forests and the biological treasures they contain. A presentation of the Science Museum of Minnesota, made possible with the support of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Jostens Foundation.

An exploration into the fascinating world of sharks with two remarkable shark authorities: Dr. Eugenie Clark, a world renowned expert who has been studying sharks for 40 years, and Rodney Fox, Australian shark authority who is a "miracle survivor" of a Great White shark attack. A production of the Science Museum of Minnesota, Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, Goto Optical Mfg. Co., and Graphic Films Corporation.

A journey to seven of the most geographically dynamic locations on earth -- Madagascar, the Namib desert, Greenland, Brazil's Iguazu Falls, the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the Chang Tang Plauteau in Tibet, and the Amazon River -- the film features spectacular land forms, diverse wildlife and the people and cultures indigenous to these places. A presentation of the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Saint Louis Science Center, the Cincinnati Museum Center and Goto Optical Mfg. Co. Produced by Lobo and Associates. Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation.

The films are available in 15/70, 10/70 and 8/70 versions. All future inquiries should be directed to Bob Harman,

About the Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota, located in downtown St. Paul, serves more than one million visitors each year with its hands-on exhibits, breathtaking giant-screen films, special events, and unparalleled education programs. For more information visit

About MacGillivray Freeman Films and the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world's leading independent producer and distributor of special venue, giant-screen 70mm motion pictures. The company's films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations for Best Documentary Short Subject. It is the only production company with two films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. In 1998 the company's hit film Everest achieved unprecedented box office success for a giant-screen film and it 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, a 501 (c)(3) public charity, 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 successful blend of education and entertainment, as well as their celebration of science and the natural world.

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