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Indiana State premiere of Lion Ark at Alhambra Theatre Film Festival

Posted: 24 March 2015. Updated: 24 March 2015


Lion Ark is to screen at the Alhambra Theater Film Festival for what will be its Indiana State premiere, and one of the first US screenings since the award-winning film signed a worldwide distribution deal with ITV GE. Lion Ark will have a selected US theatrical tour in April before being available on TV and Video On Demand.

Described by critics as “uplifting” and “the feel-good movie of the year,” Lion Ark has taken the film festival circuit by storm winning eight awards at sell out screenings and securing an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding International Motion Picture.

See the Lion Ark trailer here

Lion Ark is more action adventure style than traditional documentary and tells the story of a team from Animal Defenders International (ADI) that secured a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia and then, when the circuses defied the law, set about rescuing every animal.

The film takes you right in the thick of the rescue, as close as you can get to the animals, understanding them and the effects of circus life. See the undercover investigations that changed a continent; the lobbying; the enforcement of the ban; animals saved, and a joyous finale with 25 lions airlifted to freedom.

The Lion Ark rescue was funded entirely by donations, including a significant gift from legendary US TV ‘Price is Right’ game show host Bob Barker.

Lion Ark Director Tim Phillips (ADI Vice President) and Producer Jan Creamer (ADI President), who also led the ADI rescue team, will be doing a Q&A following the screening. Both are flying up from Peru, where they are in the middle of another huge rescue - Spirit of Freedom - which will see 33 lions rescued from circuses by ADI flown to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. ADI is once again assisting the authorities to enforce its animal circus ban, having successfully secured the legislation. ADI currently has nearly 70 animals at its temporary rescue center. Find out how you can help ADI with its Spirit of Freedom rescue mission here

Tim Phillips says: “The events recorded in Lion Ark inspired four more countries to pass bans in South America and now we are preparing to bring 33 more lions from those circuses here. This is a story that is still unfolding and we are looking forward to telling audiences about this latest mission too.”

WHAT: LION ARK at The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival
WHEN: Saturday, April 11, 7pm
WHERE: Tropicana Events Plaza, 421 NW Riverside Evansville, IN 47708
Book Tickets $10

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