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 marking the centennial 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 real-life world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, his stepson adventure photographer Max Lowe, and a friend, 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 at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. In between, the trio is shown planning their trip, 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, mostly with showings 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 anticipated 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 (34)
  • mayam-pel
    2/18/2016 - 01:45 p.m.

    This article is interesting and i want to go visit the National Parks.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    2/19/2016 - 12:38 a.m.

    The filmmakers might have wanted to create a new IMAX movie that people would be able to become amazed of which the movies would be featuring the national parks that are in the United States of America. The people might have wanted to create the movie about the national parks that are all around America because people might have wanted to show people who are watching the movies be amazed. The movies might have wanted to feature the national parks in the movies which people might have wanted to get people to be seeing about what sorts of things are in the national parks. People might have wanted to create a movie about national parks which people might have wanted to show other people about the national park features.
    Critical Thinking Question: Why are the national parks' attractions much older than the national parks?
    Answer: Because the attractions had been around since people had first seen the national parks and the national parks wouldn't be getting old about the features.

  • brycec-ver
    2/19/2016 - 04:24 p.m.

    The attractions were already created before they were included in the national park. This article really interested me because I really like animals and nature. The movie also looks very interesting.

  • taylorl-3-bar
    2/22/2016 - 11:41 a.m.

    Becasue of the food.

  • davidd-4-bar
    2/23/2016 - 09:07 p.m.

    National parks' attractions much older than the national parks,
    because it was declared a national park much after the attractions were there."Over 100 years ago these treasured places were protected for eternity for everyone and the national parks were born," I found this article interesting because I thought the national parks attractions were wonderful.

  • kieranw-3-bar
    2/25/2016 - 12:34 a.m.

    The national park attraction are much older then the national park because the nature that lies within the park is much older then when the founders of any national park founded the park. I find this article very cool because in a way it lured me into wanting to see National Parks Adventure, this movie full of thrilling journeys and breath taking views of nature informs all the readers and watchers that these beautiful places do exist! The MacGillivray brothers produced what sounds like an amazing film and I look forward to seeing it.

  • yamiletj-hei
    2/25/2016 - 11:59 a.m.

    The national parks attractions were made over 100 years ago and, were protected long before that.While the other national parks were made after that to have people ride bikes, hike or just enjoy nature.

  • tatumh.-tay
    2/29/2016 - 09:16 a.m.

    The national park attractions where there before the park. The people decided to make the park after they saw all the attractions.

  • evakathrynj.1-tay
    2/29/2016 - 09:17 a.m.

    Attractions were made before the national park was there. This would probably be cool to watch because instead of going to these national parks, you can just see them on the big screen.

  • gagec.-tay
    2/29/2016 - 09:17 a.m.

    I think that the movie that was shot in the different national parks will be an interesting movie because it will include the different adventures that they took and all kinds of animals.

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