“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” ~ John Muir, 1912
A trio of adventurers’ quest to experience America’s wildest, most historic and most naturally beautiful places becomes the ultimate off-trail adventure in MacGillivray Freeman Films’ (MFF) National Parks Adventure, narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford. The film is produced in association with Brand USA and presented globally by Expedia, Inc. and Subaru of America, Inc., with major support from the Giant Dome Theater Consortium. Immersive IMAX® takes audiences soaring up exposed rock faces, hurtling down steep mountain cliffs and exploring other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor places. Along the way, the film becomes at once an actionpacked celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service and a soulful reflection on what wilderness means to us all.
The power of America’s national parks is undeniable. The family park vacation has become an iconic, beloved, even satirized rite-of-passage. Millions have packed up the car and the kids to hike through impossibly lush forests, to gaze up towering cliffs and down plunging canyons, to witness the breathtaking arcs of national and natural history, and most of all to share unpredictable moments of laughter and wonder amid the protected treasures of this land.
The national parks are so much a part of the collective American experience, it’s barely possible to imagine the U.S. without them. Yet, perhaps because the parks are so entwined in the culture, they’re also easily taken for granted. That will change in 2016 as America marks the 100th birthday of the National Park Service … and ponders what might have been if it was never created at all. Dubbed one of the nation’s greatest and most defining ideas, since 1916 the National Park Service has forged 400-plus sites, protecting a staggering diversity of landscapes, creatures and stories.
As this momentous birthday approached, two-time Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray felt a personal imperative to pay homage to the parks that have been the source of so 2 much creative fuel throughout his career. He felt now was the perfect time to explore the hard-fought story of how the parks were born, why the whole world flocks to them, and their never-ending power and mystery.
The journey he set out on kindled his most visually ambitious and vivid giant-screen film to date — a film that is not only a sweeping overview of the national parks’ history but equally an adrenalinepumping, rock-climbing, mountain-biking odyssey … and a moving true-life tale of friendship, art and communion inspired by nature’s grandeur.
“In the making of this film, we visited more than 30 national parks, looking for things we’d never seen before and images that blew us away,” says MacGillivray. “There’s beauty and magnificence in every national park, but we looked for places that would be the most amazing on the IMAX screen. The story of the national parks is a big one, but for me the most important idea is that these parks belong to everyone, to all the people. The parks give us a sense of awe, a sense of wonder, and in return I think we understand what a tremendous gift they will be for future generations of Americans.”
Adds producer Shaun MacGillivray: “This is a film we have longed to make for so many years –to weave together a powerful adventure story with a chance for people to experience a taste of all the wonder that await deep within the national parks. We’re so excited to bring audiences an experience of the parks that we feel is not like any other and hopefully will help spark future stewards.”
Sums up narrator Robert Redford, a renowned actor, filmmaker and leading conservationist: “National Parks Adventure captures the stunning beauty of our wild places and reminds us these landscapes are an essential part of the human spirit.”