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Actress Jorja Fox to introduce U.S. Premiere of Lion Ark

Posted: 19 September 2013. Updated: 2 October 2013


Mill Valley Film Festival is to host the US premiere of Lion Ark on October 5th, at the CinéArts Sequoia Theatre, with a special introduction by actress Jorja Fox who appears in the film.

Made more in the style of an action adventure than traditional documentary, ‘Lion Ark’ follows an ambitious and daring animal rescue. A shocking undercover exposé by ADI leads Bolivia to ban animal circuses. But the circuses defy the law and the ADI team returns to track them down, enforce the law and save the animals.

Known to 73 million viewers worldwide for her role as Sara Sidle in TV’s CSI, Jorja Fox is an ADI Ambassador and as well as appearing in the film her company Seafox Productions is an Associate Producer of Lion Ark.

Jorja says of the moving story, “What I didn’t realize, was that it was going to be an extraordinary story about the human spirit and what the human spirit can do when people come together.”

She witnessed the first steps of the lions on grass after their incredible 3,000 mile journey to safety during the film’s dramatic finale, noting “These animals are perhaps the world’s most fearsome and feared predators and that night it was so gentle and tender.”

After both Mill Valley Film Festival screenings (Saturday October 5th at 2pm and Tuesday 8th at 3pm) the audience will be able to meet and question the rescue team and the production team behind Lion Ark.

Jorja Fox: “There is a lot of excitement about Lion Ark and we really hope that people will join us at Mill Valley Film Festival for the U.S. premiere. This is an uplifting 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. That rare thing, a film about a serious issue that will leave you smiling.”

Tim Phillips, ADI Vice President and Director of Lion Ark: “The stars of Lion Ark are undoubtedly the lions. But the film also shows that when people come together and are determined they can change the world.”

See also ’US Premiere of Lion Ark at the Mill Valley Film Festival’

For more information, please visit the Lion Ark website.

Ticket details:

  • Saturday 5th October, 2pm: Lion Ark US Premiere Mill Valley Film Festival, at CinéArts Sequoia, Mill Valley, CA with special introduction from actress Jorja Fox, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and rescue team.
  • Tuesday 8th October, 3pm: Lion Ark screening Mill Valley Film Festival, at CinéArts Sequoia, Mill Valley, CA followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and rescue team.

Tickets $14.00 plus applicable fees, from Mill Valley Film Festival.

Book online here or by phone at 877.874.MVFF (6833)

  • After the premiere screening, we will have an evening fundraising after party, to celebrate Lion Ark’s premiere and raise funds for our animal rescues.
  • Dress is cocktail attire.


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    44 E. Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941
    Phone: 415.381.2500

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