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World Cinema – DocumentaryFlorida PremiereLION ARK, Tim Phillips
Bolivia / 2013 / 98 min / DCP / EnglishMore action adventure than traditional documentary, Lion Ark follows the world's most ambitious and daring animal rescue, with a narrative meticulously compiled from film, interviews, conversations and the reactions of participants as events actually unfold.A shocking undercover investigation leads to a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia. But the circuses defy the law. The team behind the investigation return, track down the illegal circuses, which are spread all over the country, and save every animal. The confrontations, heartache and incredible risks the rescue team face are all captured before a joyous finale sees an incredible airlift of 25 lions to freedom in Colorado. A story of bravery, compassion, camaraderie and determination. How a poor but proud country said 'no' to cruelty and how attitudes to animals were changed across an entire continent.The lions emerge as the real stars and you, surprisingly, find yourself rooting for the most aggressive of them all. An uplifting movie with twists and turns that is still gritty, surprising, informative and pulls no punches. At last a film about serious animal protection and environmental issues that will leave you smiling!
Screenplay: Tim Phillips & Jan Creamer / Producers: Tim Phillips & Jan Creamer / Cinematographer: Mark Whatmore / Editor: Tony Pattinson / Composer: Karel Havlicek / Featuring: Jan Creamer; Tim Phillips; Alexis Diaz Limaco; Pat Craig; Ximena Flores; Bob Barker; David Kopp Valdivia; Jorja Fox; Dr. Mel Richardson / Contact: Tim Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org www.lionarkthemovie.com facebook.com/LionArkTheMovie
THE DIRECTOR: Vice President/co-founder of Animal Defenders International, with offices in Los Angeles, London, and Bogota. His undercover filming has changed laws; has filmed throughout the world, received death threats, been attacked. Aside from Lion Ark, dramatic rescues include seizing an entire circus in Mozambique and returning a chimpanzee from Chile to Africa.Previously ran production company Thinker Ltd. Documentaries include: Toto Goes Home (Artivist Selection Los Angeles & London); Big Cat Rescue; The Ugliest Show on Earth; An Important Role (Creative Excellence US Industrial Film & Television Awards); HMS Dido Under Cordite Skies. Lion Ark is first feature documentary.
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