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Dramatic Lion Rescue Documentary Opens at Palm Beach International Film Festival Saturday

Posted: 4 April 2014

Lion Ark screening at 4pm to be followed by a Q&A with Director and Rescue Team member

Aard–winning animal rescue documentary Lion Ark showcases at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, this Saturday, April 5th at 4pm, and Wednesday April 9th at 11:30am. Both screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with Lion Ark Director and Bolivia rescue team member, ADI Vice President Tim Phillips.

Lion Ark tells the story of how Bolivia banned the use of animals in circuses and when the circuses defied the law, the team that had secured the ban returned to track down each circus and rescue every animal. One of the most ambitious and dangerous animal rescues undertaken concludes with a huge airlift of 25 lions to freedom in Colorado.

The ground-breaking film, which is made more in the style of an action adventure than traditional documentary, with little use of talking heads, opting instead to put the viewer in the thick of the action as it unfolds, is proving a film festival favorite. It’s uplifting message of cooperation and bringing about change saw Lion Ark become the first animal rights film to be nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding International Motion Picture.

Sell out screenings on the festival circuit in recent months have seen Lion Ark win Audience Choice awards at San Diego Film Festival, Anchorage International Film Festival and Sedona International Film Festival, as well as jury awards for Best Documentary at Omaha Film Festival and Sun & Sand The Mississippi Film & Music Festival.

Tim Phillips, Director of Lion Ark says: “The reaction of people to Lion Ark has been overwhelming and we are delighted to be screening at Palm Beach International Film Festival. Lion Ark is that rare thing, a film about a serious animal protection issue that has a happy ending and will leave you smiling. Lion Ark is an uplifting film that shows what people can do when they pull together and take action. It is a film about cooperation and working for a better world. It’s also part of an ongoing change in how animals are treated in the name of entertainment so at the Q&As people like to find out what’s happening next, what’s happening here in the US and how they can get involved.”

Lion Ark at Palm Beach International Film Festival:
Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 4:00pm (Cobb Downtown at the Gardens)
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:30am (Cinemark Palace 20)

Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A session with Lion Ark Director and one of the lion rescue team leaders Tim Phillips, also Vice President of Animal Defenders International (ADI).

For more information and to watch the trailer, please visit http://www.LionArkthemovie.com.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

- MEDIA
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: http://www.lionarkthemovie.com

CONTACT:
Lori De Waal, 323-462-4122 lori.dewaal@dewaalpr.com
ADI Films Media Desk 323-804-9920 mediadesk@ad-international.org

- LION ARK SCREENINGS
APRIL 5th: Palm Beach International Film Festival

4:00pm at Cobb Downtown at the Gardens, followed by Q&A with Tim Phillips.
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Suite 1201, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Click here for more information.

APRIL 9th: Palm Beach International Film Festival
11:30am at Cinemark Palace 20, followed by Q&A with Tim Phillips.
3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Click here for more information.

WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT LION ARK

“Compelling cinema verité” – 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!” – Reel Talk

“Lion Ark proceeds with refreshing unpredictability” – The New York Times

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

“heartwarming, beautiful and inspirational. It reminds you of the majestic power of documentary filmmaking and its ability to stir true emotion.” – Shock Cinema

“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

More reviews and links to all above reviews in full: http://www.lionarkthemovie.com/news/lion-ark-reviews

- Palm Beach International Film Festival
The Palm Beach International Film Festival is committed to supporting the emerging filmmakers of today and tomorrow. For the past 12 years, the festival, recognized as one of the Top 25 Independent Festivals in the world, has showcased thousands of award-winning films, hosting filmmakers, actors, industry professionals and press from around the globe. The PBIFF has hosted a bevy of top celebrities and filmmakers including: Academy Award® Winners Adrien Brody, Anthony Hopkins, Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway, Dennis Hopper, Louise Fletcher and Michael Caine; Academy Award® Nominees Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Robert Evans, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson and Burt Reynolds. Along with countless other legends, stars and filmmakers that have created movie magic for the past 80 years, including: Roger Moore, Faye Wray, Esther Williams, Anouk Aimee, Samuel L. Jackson, Cyd Charisse, Richard Zanuck, William Friedkin, Brett Ratner, Jacqueline Bisset, Michael Clarke Duncan and Rod Steiger.

- Film Festival Selections & Awards
Nominee, Outstanding International Motion Picture, 45th NAACP Image Awards
Winner Best Documentary (Jury Award), Sun & Sand The Mississippi Film & Music Festival
Winner Audience Choice Best Documentary, San Diego Film Festival
Winner Audience Choice Best Environmental Film, Sedona International Film Festival
Winner Best Documentary (Jury Award), Omaha 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 Palm Beach International Film Festival

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