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Written by: Destination Cinema, Inc.
Date: January 29, 2002

  

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JEFF BRIDGES SIGNS ON TO NARRATE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S GIANT SCREEN FILM EPIC LEWIS & CLARK: GREAT JOURNEY WEST PREMIERING IN APRIL 2002

(WASHINGTON, DC, January 29, 2002) -- National Geographic Television and Film president, Tim Kelly, announced today that Jeff Bridges has signed on to narrate “Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West,” the much-anticipated, large-format film produced by National Geographic Television and Film, which is being distributed by Destination Cinema, Inc. The film will premiere on the giant screen in Omaha, NE, on April 20, 2002, followed by numerous other U.S. cities.

An American movie icon hailing from one of the country’s foremost acting families, Jeff Bridges was the top choice by National Geographic to narrate the project. “We first approached Bridges because we thought it would be a perfect fit that he should lend his talent and distinctive voice to tell this heroic and quintessentially American tale,” said Tim Kelly.

In narrating the large-format dramatization “Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West,” Bridges will help chronicle the courageous story of the grueling 8000-mile journey by Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the Corps of Discovery – a remarkably ambitious undertaking that changed the destiny of a young nation. Heralding the upcoming bicentennial of the legendary expedition (1803-1806), the film recreates an adventure that remains one of the greatest feats of exploration and discovery in history.

“Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West” reunites producer Lisa Truitt and director Bruce Neibaur, the highly successful veteran filmmaking team behind National Geographic’s first large-format film, Mysteries of Egypt, which has already grossed $70 million worldwide, making it one of the top five grossing large-format films ever released.

“Giant-screen is truly a wonderful format in which to recount this larger-than-life story because the screen’s dimensions capture the epic proportions perfectly,” explained Truitt. “With National Geographic’s stunning visuals,” she added, “audiences everywhere will feel as if they are on the journey themselves and discovering the breathtaking wilderness of 19th-century America as it was encountered by Lewis and Clark.”

The 40-minute film was co-produced by Jeff T. Miller and filmed by director of photography T.C. Christensen. It also features a script by veteran screenwriter Mose Richards and a special, original soundtrack by Emmy-winning composer Sam Cardon. Lewis and Clark expert Gary Moulton and renowned author and historian Stephen Ambrose acted as official consultants for the film.

The worldwide premiere of “Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West” will take place on April 20, 2002 at the Henry Doorly Zoo, in Omaha, NE. Following that event, the film will open in Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Dearborn, MI; Portland, OR; Mobile, AL; Shreveport, LA; Hastings, NE; Seattle, WA, and other U.S. cities (dates to be announced). For further details and updates about the forthcoming release of the film, log on to www.destinationcinema.com.

Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West is a National Geographic film distributed by Destination Cinema, Inc., presented by Eddie Bauer, Inc. in association with Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation endorsed by the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

Destination Cinema, Inc. (DCI) owns and operates large-format theaters in tourist locations throughout North America, having pioneered the destination film and theater concept in 1984. One of the most prolific and successful producers of large-format films, the Company owns a film library specializing in destination topics and distributes large-format films to theaters throughout the world.

DCI enjoys an affiliation with National Geographic, and two of DCI's theaters and films carry the National Geographic brand. National Geographic is currently expanding its involvement in the large-format industry by producing three new films over the next three years, all of which will be distributed by DCI.

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Media Contacts:
Eileen Campion, Dera & Associates
(212) 966-4600
eileen@derapr.com

Jennifer Marburg, National Geographic (202) 775-6725
marburg@ngs.org

Marketing & Distribution Contact:
Max Danielson, Destination Cinema
(818) 763-5554
mdanielson@destinationcinema.com

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