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Indiana State premiere of award winning Lion Ark comes to The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival

Posted: 18 March 2015. Updated: 19 March 2015

March 17, 2015, Evansville, IN – Lion Ark, a film about the dramatic rescue of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia and their amazing journey to a sanctuary in Colorado, is screening at the Alhambra Theatre Film Festival.

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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 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

What is engaging audiences in a new way is that Lion Ark is more action adventure style than traditional documentary. The film 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.

Lion Ark is all live action and commentary, close up and personal, right in the thick of the rescue. As close as you get to these animals, understanding them and the effects of circus life. See the undercover investigations that changed a continent; the lobbying; the enforcement of the circus animal ban in Bolivia. Circuses that defy the new law are tracked down, animals saved, and a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom.

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 which will see 33 lions rescued from circuses by ADI flown to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado.

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

Tim Phillips, Director of Lion Ark 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.”

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.

Find out how you can help ADI with its Spirit of Freedom rescue mission.

Donate to ADI’s animal rescues

LION ARK AWARDS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Winner People’s Choice Award, Boulder International Film Festival
Winner Audience Choice Best Documentary, San Diego Film Festival
Winner Best Documentary Omaha International Film Festival
Winner Audience Choice Environmental Film Sedona International Film Festival
Winner Audience Favorite Documentary Palm Beach International Film Festival
Winner Best Documentary Sun & Sand: The Mississippi Film & Music Festival
Winner The Animal Award, Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival
Runner-up Audience Choice Best Documentary Anchorage International Film Festival
Nominated: Outstanding International Motion Picture, 45th NAACP Image Awards

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 Crossroads Festival for Documentary Film and Discourse, Austria

What critics are saying about LION ARK
“Compelling cinema verité” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Lion Ark is the feel-good movie of the year!” – Reel Talk
“Lion Ark proceeds with refreshing unpredictability” – The New York Times
“Born Free with balls on… FIVE STARS unmissable” - Britflicks
“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
“A consciousness-raising milestone of a documentary” – The Ecologist
“will restore some faith in humanity.” – Shockya.com
“heartwarming, beautiful and inspirational. It reminds you of the majestic power of documentary filmmaking and its ability to stir true emotion.” – Shock Cinema Magazine / Mondo Film & Video Guide
“AMAZING! Viewers will be crying tears of joy throughout…” – The Examiner
More reviews and links to all above reviews in full

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