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Animal rescue film in the chase for NAACP Image Award

Posted: 20 February 2014. Updated: 20 February 2014

Lion Ark, the feature length documentary about the rescue of 25 lions from cruel circuses in Bolivia, will be up for an Outstanding International Motion Picture award at the 45th NAACP Image Awards ceremony tomorrow night in Pasadena.

The prestigious Image Awards by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), America’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, celebrates "the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.”

Nominees for Outstanding International Motion Picture will learn if they have won at the NAACP Image Awards dinner in Pasadena on Friday night, prior to a televised awards show on Saturday night.

Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Pasadena Civic Center - Convention Center
300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101

Actress Jorja Fox, known worldwide for her role as Sara Sidle in CSI, is an Associate Producer of Lion Ark and appears in the film: “The NAACP is this amazing force for equality, advocacy, and social progress. It’s a huge honor to be nominated. Thanks NAACP! Lion Ark is about lions and the stars of the film are lions. But it’s also about a small group of very dedicated people coming together from five different nations to make a positive difference in the world and the bravery of a small nation to be a pioneer in social vision.”

Lion Ark is not a traditional “talking heads” documentary but is pieced together from the live action and conversations as events actually unfold during the dramatic rescue mission. The film has been a hit on the film festival circuit since launching in October with sell out screenings and picking up several awards.

Tim Phillips, Director of Lion Ark: “It is a huge honor to be considered for this award by an organization that has done so much to bring about social change. At a glance some may not see Lion Ark as an obvious choice but it is a film about people from vastly different backgrounds and many different countries coming together to bring about change. It is a film about cooperation and working for a better world. Lion Ark also shows how animal protection is a part of the fabric of social justice, where human society draws a line as to what is, and is not, acceptable.”

Jan Creamer, Lion Ark Producer and President of Animal Defenders International, who led the rescue: “It’s a great honor to be nominated by an organization like the NAACP, which has made such a huge difference in the world. This nomination holds a special place in the hearts of a team like ours – we work across all kinds of boundaries and differences for a better world. Brits, Americans, Bolivians, Colombians, Peruvians, we all came together to help. All of us overcame language barriers and cultural differences during this project.”

In addition to Lion Ark the other five nominees in the Outstanding International Motion Picture category are: War Witch; Call Me Kuchu; La Playa D.C.; High Tech, Low Life.

Others up for awards this year in different categories include Beyoncé, John Legend, Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Forest Whitaker.

The Image Awards

Lion Ark



High resolution stills from Lion Ark and broadcast quality one minute clips of scenes are available on request.

See the Lion Ark Trailer online at:

Lori De Waal, 323-462-4122
ADI Films Media Desk 323-804-9920

Lion Ark: More action adventure than traditional documentary, Lion Ark follows the world’s most ambitious and daring animal rescue, with a narrative compiled from film, interviews, conversations and reactions as events unfolded. How attitudes to animals were changed in Bolivia, illegal circuses pursued and closed, and 25 lions airlifted to freedom.

Lion Ark Film Festival Selections include: Winner Best Documentary (Jury Award), Sun & Sand Film & Music Festival, Mississippi; Winner Audience Choice Best Documentary, San Diego Film Festival; Audience Choice Award Anchorage International Film Festival; Official Selection Raindance Film Festival, London; Official Selection Mill Valley Film Festival; Official Selection Hawaii International Film Festival; Official Selection Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival; Official Selection Virginia Film Festival; Official Selection Starz Denver Film Festival; Official Selection Irvine International Film Festival; Official Selection Beloit International Film Festival; Official Selection Sedona International Film Festival; Official Selection Omaha Film Festival; Official Selection Palm Beach International Film Festival.

NAACP: Founded in 1909, the NAACP is America’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans. The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

“a spunky account of a perilous rescue mission...Lion Ark proceeds with refreshing unpredictability.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“Compelling cinema verité” – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“If you enjoy movies filled with suspense, thrills, surprises, adventure and action, put Lion Ark on your must-see list. For me, Lion Ark is the feel-good movie of the year!” – Betty Jo Tucker, Reel Talk

“heartwarming, beautiful and inspirational. It reminds you of the majestic power of documentary filmmaking and it’s ability to stir true emotion.” – Justin Bozung, Shock Cinema Magazine / Mondo Film & Video Guide

“…this film should be a target for this year’s Oscars. Excellent.” – ACED Magazine
“Lion Ark is through and through entertaining…be ready for some up-tempo action-adventure of the most thrilling variety: real-life.” – Stark Insider

“thoroughly rewarding...” – TV and Film Review

“Lion Ark is an awe-inspiring journey that grips and engages” – Britflicks

“Lion Ark takes an already incredible and unforgettable story and breathes life and passion and transformation into of your must-see films of 2013.” – The Independent Critic

“A consciousness-raising milestone of a documentary” – Edgar Vaid, The Ecologist

“will restore some faith in humanity” – JM Willis,

“Lion Ark is a film that will grab your attention and your heart” – Alexis Higgins, CMR Movie Reviews and News

“ultimately an uplifting story. It’s a revealing documentary with a lot of heart.” – Jennie Kermode, Eye For Film

“AMAZING! Viewers will be crying tears of joy throughout...” – Renee Snyder, International Animal Welfare Examiner, The Examiner

More reviews and links to all above reviews are available here:

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