See national parks on the big, big screen This undated image provided by MacGillivray Freeman Films shows Conrad Anker climbing the columns of Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. (Barbara MacGillivray/MacGillivray Freeman Films/VisitTheUSA.com via AP/Brad Ohlund)
See national parks on the big, big screen
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A new IMAX movie stars geysers, red rock canyons, mountaintops and redwood forests.
 
It is called "National Parks Adventure." The film celebrates the beauty and thrills of America's parks. It's part of a yearlong celebration. It marks the one-hundredth birthday of the National Park Service.
 
The movie was filmed over nine months in more than 30 national parks. They include Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, the Grand Tetons and Death Valley.
 
"Over 100 years ago these treasured places were protected for eternity for everyone. And the national parks were born," intones the narrator, Robert Redford. The actor later adds that, "Utah has 13 national park locations, which is precisely why I choose to live here."
 
There is plenty of footage of beautiful places and wildlife. But the film is much more than a series of scenic wonders. It also showcases some heart-thumping adventures. They are undertaken by the trio featured in the film. The three are the real-life world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, his stepson adventure photographer Max Lowe, and artist Rachel Pohl.
 
In one scene, they scale a seemingly sheer spire at Arches National Park in Utah. In another, they climb frozen waterfalls at Pictured Rocks National Seashore. It is on Lake Superior in Michigan. There's also footage of whitewater rafting through the Colorado River's raging waters. This is along the bottom of the Grand Canyon. In between, the trio is shown planning their trip. They are also seen camping out and driving empty roads. A soundtrack plays songs ranging from the Lumineers to Bruce Springsteen.
 
The emphasis on adventure and not just beauty and history is a way of furthering the National Park Service's efforts to attract millennials. In fact, Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said that bringing more 18- to 35-year-olds to national parks is one of the centennial's goals. The idea is to "connect with the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates," he said.
 
One of the film's most thrilling scenes shows mountain bikers in Moab, Utah. They are riding on a challenging trail called Slickrock at Bartlett, Wash. It is on Bureau of Land Management property outside Arches National Park. The bikers zoom along sandstone precipices at breathtaking speeds. And they fly their bikes through the air. In one shot, a helmeted biker crashes but quickly recovers. 

The scene has attracted a bit of attention because the National Park Service only allows biking on roads and designated areas in parks. A regional spokesman for the park service, Rick Frost, said the agency was OK with the scene. That is because Redford's narration "makes it clear that it's not taking place" inside national park boundaries.
 
The movie opened globally Feb. 12.  Most showings will be in museum theaters and science centers. It's directed by Greg MacGillivray and produced by Shaun MacGillivray in partnership with Brand USA, Expedia and Subaru. The filmmakers worked in five units. They included an aerial crew and a time-lapse crew. They shot nearly 15 hours of film for the 43-minute finished product.
 
The film cost $12.5 million to make and estimated revenue is $6.6 million with the potential for more from ticket sales, according to Brand USA.

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Why are the national parks' attractions much older than the national parks?
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COMMENTS (95)
  • ashleeb-pel
    2/18/2016 - 11:33 a.m.

    The national parks' attractions much older than the national parks because they have been there a lot longer than the park itself.

    I thought the article was interesting because I like to watch movies and I like to see animals and see the wilderness.

  • nayelic-hol
    2/18/2016 - 02:48 p.m.

    I love it
    I live how you cab get closer to how the animals live and how they actually care lots about them and how they live

  • philipe-
    2/19/2016 - 05:50 p.m.

    The attractions are older than the parks because the attractions were built or made before the parks were founded.

    • coreyh-hei
      3/23/2016 - 11:15 a.m.

      I is good because it gives text evidence. Also gives why you think it is right .

    • coreyh-hei
      3/23/2016 - 11:16 a.m.

      I think it is good because it gives text evidence. Also states why it is right.

  • skylarh99-
    2/21/2016 - 01:33 p.m.

    I think that the national parks' attractions are much older than the national parks is because people have visited the park before it was first built. tourist have seen the park, and then it was actually made into something.

  • ryans12345678915-
    2/21/2016 - 09:22 p.m.

    The national parks' attractions are older than the national parks because the attractions were there for many years and then were protected by the government. It states "Over 100 years ago these treasured places were protected for eternity for everyone. And the national parks were born."

  • bradleym-war
    2/22/2016 - 03:08 p.m.

    The people built the national park on the mountain. The mountain was there before the park was built.

    • coreyh-hei
      2/25/2016 - 11:09 a.m.

      i think yours is good because it tells use what it is about and also they are all complete sentences.

    • aubreyg-hei
      2/25/2016 - 11:57 a.m.

      That is pretty much what i put.

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