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Lion Ark returns to New York at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival

Posted: 29 March 2015


Lion Ark is to screen at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. This will be one of the first US screenings since Lion Ark signed a worldwide distribution deal with ITV GE, who showcased the film at MIPCOM Cannes last year to global media markets. Lion Ark will have a selected US theatrical tour over the next few months, before being available on TV and Video On Demand.

Lion Ark Director Tim Phillips (ADI Vice President) and Producer Jan Creamer (ADI President) are in Peru now, rescuing all of the wild animals from circuses and will be bringing 33 lions and a bear to safety in the US – Tim and Jan hope to come to BNFF for a Q&A following the screening.
Come and meet the ADI team and hear about our rescues!

WHAT: LION ARK at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival
WHEN: Monday, April 13, 7pm
WHERE: The Tonawanda Castle, 69 Delaware St, Tonawanda, NY 14150

Tim Phillips, Director of Lion Ark says: “The events recorded in Lion Ark inspired several countries to pass bans across Latin America and now we are saving more lions. This is a story that is still unfolding and we are looking forward to telling audiences about this latest mission too.”

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. A similar operation – Spirit of Freedom – is now underway in Peru, where ADI is once again assisting the authorities to enforce its animal circus ban, having successfully secured the legislation. ADI currently has 33 lions, 33 monkeys and many other native wild animals at its temporary rescue center and is lobbying US Fish & Wildlife to allow them to bring to safety an endangered Andean bear, 25 year old Cholita, whose front digits were cut off and her teeth broken in the circus.

Visit to find out how you can help ADI with its Spirit of Freedom rescue mission.

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