Lion Ark

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Showings

Sequoia 2 Tue, Oct 8, 2013 3:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Active Cinema
Country:US
UK
Bolivia
Year:2013
Running Time:97
Language:English
Director:Tim Phillips
Producer:Tim Phillips
Jan Creamer
Screenwriter:Tim Phillips
Jan Creamer
Cinematographer:Mark Whatmore
Editor:Tony Pattinson
Cast:Jan Creamer
Tim Phillips
Pat Craig
Bob Barker
Jorja Fox
Mel Richardson
Print Source:ADI

Description

View Trailer HERE

US Premiere

More of an action adventure drama than a traditional documentary, Lion Ark follows what may be the world’s most ambitious and daring animal rescue ever undertaken. After a shocking undercover investigation leads to a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia, many of the circuses still continue to defy the law. But Animal Defenders International (ADI), the team behind the investigation, returns to track down the illegal circuses, liberate 25 lions from captivity and airlift them 5,000 miles to a wildlife sanctuary in Colorado. In the process, the team confronts vengeful circus owners, races against the oncoming rainy season and gives its all to bring healing and freedom to these majestic creatures. Assembled with live footage from the actual rescue, Lion Ark is a story of bravery, compassion, camaraderie and determination. What unfolds is the intense, dramatic birth of a global movement and the triumph of the lionhearted.

—Carol Harada



PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH ANIMAL DEFENDERS INTERNATIONAL AND MARIN HUMANE SOCIETY

Additional Information

Vice President/co-founder of Animal Defenders International, with offices in Los Angeles, London, and Bogota. His undercover filming has changed laws; has filmed throughout the world, received death threats, been attacked.  Aside from Lion Ark, dramatic rescues include seizing an entire circus in Mozambique and returning a chimpanzee from Chile to Africa. Previously ran production company Thinker Ltd. Documentaries include:  Toto Goes Home (Artivist Selection Los Angeles & London); B g Cat Rescue; The Ugliest Show on Earth; An Important Role (Creative Excellence US Industrial Film & Television Awards); HMS Dido Under Cordite Skies. Lion Ark is first feature documentary.