National Parks Adventure
A trio of adventurers’ quest to experience America’s wildest, most historic and most naturally beautiful places becomes the ultimate off-trail adventure in MacGillivray Freeman Films’ (MFF) America Wild: National Parks Adventure, narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford.
Timed to the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service,the film becomes at once an action-packed celebration of the wonders of nature and a soulful reflection on what wilderness means to us all.
The power of America’s national parks is undeniable. The family park vacation has become an iconic, beloved, even satirized rite-of-passage. Millions have packed up the car and the kids to hike through impossibly lush forests, to gaze up towering cliffs and down plunging canyons, to witness the breathtaking arcs of national and natural history, and most of all to share unpredictable moments of laughter and wonder amid the protected treasures of this land.
The national parks are so much a part of the collective American experience, it’s barely possible to imagine the U.S. without them. Yet, perhaps because the parks are so entwined in the culture, they’re also easily taken for granted. That will change in 2016 as America marks the 100th birthday of the National Park Service … and ponders what might have been if it was never created at all. Dubbed one of the nation’s greatest and most defining ideas, since 1916 the National Park Service has forged 400-plus sites, protecting a staggering diversity of landscapes, creatures and stories.
GREG MACGILLIVRAY (Director) is a giant-screen documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed many of the most successful films shown in IMAX® theatres, including the box-office hit Everest and the Academy Award®-nominated films The Living Sea and Dolphins. His 2015 film, Humpback Whales, received the Best Film of the Year award from the Giant Screen Cinema Association. With 38 giant-screen films to his credit, MacGillivray has shot more 70mm film than anyone in cinema history—more than two million feet. He is the first documentary filmmaker to reach the $1 billion benchmark in worldwide ticket sales.
An ardent ocean conservationist, MacGillivray and his wife Barbara founded the One World One Ocean Foundation, a non-profit public charity devoted to ocean science education through giant-screen films and companion programming.
SHAUN MACGILLIVRAY (Producer) is President of MacGillivray Freeman Films and Managing Director of the company’s One World One Ocean Campaign, a multi-year, multi-platform ocean media initiative aimed at inspiring greater public awareness about the world’s oceans.
Producer of the award-winning 3D giant-screen films Humpback Whales, Journey To The South Pacific, To The Arctic and Grand Canyon Adventure, MacGillivray is also producing the company’s forthcoming films Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World and Return to Everest: Conquering Thin Air (working title). The son of Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, Shaun grew up on film locations all around the world. To capture the breath-taking footage seen in America Wild, he and the crew travelled to more than 30 U.S. national parks.