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Media Contact:  Paula Wagner
April 8, 2005
Roar: Lions Of The Kalahari
Shakes Audiences At The California Science Center
Los Angeles – Roar: Lions of the Kalahari carries the audience deep into Botswana’s Kalahari Desert where a life-and-death struggle unfolds between a real lion king and a fierce, young contender determined to oust him from his throne. Viewers are shaken in their seats by one of nature’s loudest sounds – the roars of dueling lions – delivered by the most powerful theater sound-system in the world. Roar: Lions of the Kalahari is now showing at the California Science Center IMAX Theater.

The remarkable giant-screen film by National Geographic and Tim Liversedge Productions poignantly weaves together the day-to-day life of lions with the suspense of rivalry. Here, one of the largest lions to walk the arid lands of the Kalahari – a 10-foot-long giant – reigns with his lionesses and cubs. A nomad comes to claim the territory for his own, gradually encroaching until an ultimate battle between the two determines the fate of all.

An epic story of power and dominance, success and failure, Roar was filmed in the stark expanse of Botswana’s Kalahari Desert. Filmmaker Tim Liversedge’s 40 years of experience in the region allowed unparalleled detail of the natural behavior of lions, their prey, and the incredible profusion of life congregated at the only water source within a 100 mile radius. Balancing suspense and action with insightful information, Liversedge delivers a passionate film that will thrill audiences worldwide.

Roar: Lions of the Kalahari speaks to the core of what National Geographic is all about. It’s a compelling story with breathtaking images of animal behavior never before seen on the giant screen,” said Lisa Truitt, executive producer, National Geographic Television and Film. After over 18 months of producing and shooting the film in the wild, Liversedge partnered with National Geographic to undertake the complex digital post-production. “We had an incredible team of talented people who collaborated to make this film exceptional,” said Truitt.

Roar is set around an isolated water hole teaming with wildlife. Powerful, close-up images and a complex sound design put the audience right there at the site. Zebra herds trot by close enough to touch. An elephant trumpets thunderously from the screen. A soaring flight is taken over vast and harsh landscapes. “My aim was to give audiences the experience of what it is like to be gazing up at the star-filled night skies over the Kalahari, to have the thrill of hearing two lions engaged in a roaring duel, or to sit at the edge of a water hole a few feet from elephants bathing in the moonlight,” said Liversedge.

The filmmaker, in his first large-format film, has masterfully used the magic of the giant screen to tell his story. “Tim is alone in his ability to capture this particular story so beautifully. His is an incredible talent,” said Truitt.

Through relentless dust storms and in surface temperatures that soared to 130°F, “filming Roar was one of the most challenging and exciting times of my life,” Liversedge said. “The lions were so close at times that they brushed my tripod and used me and my camera to hide behind and try to get closer to their prey.”

The result is unparalleled film footage of one of the most charismatic animals on earth. “Perhaps the most spectacular shot I got was captured when a springbok leapt 10 feet straight up into the air to be brought down by a lioness right in front of my camera. They both crashed to the ground in front of me.”

Roar also technically breaks new ground. The first giant-screen film to be created with a fully digital intermediate, each of its 60,000 frames was scanned to seamlessly blend film formats. Using different formats allowed Liversedge to capture scenarios from rapidly changing action, to very slow motion, to wide, crisp shots.

Roar: Lions of the Kalahari is a production of National Geographic Television and Film (NGT&F) and Tim Liversedge. Destination Cinema, Inc. is the distributor. Tim Liversedge is the director, principle cinematographer and executive producer. Lisa Truitt and Tim Kelly are executive producers. June Liversedge and Jini Durr are producers. Eleanor Grant is the writer. Richard Jones is also a cinematographer. Music is composed by James S. Levine. Editors are Lori Petersen Waite and Mark Fletcher.

National Geographic Television and Film (NGT&F) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Geographic Ventures,which also manages National Geographic’s interactive, online and merchandising, travel expedition and related businesses. NGT&F augments its award-winning documentaries (119 Emmy Awards and over 800 other industry awards) with feature films, long-form television dramas and two giant-screen films: Mysteries of Egypt (1998) and Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West (2002). The National Geographic Channel is received by more than 200 million households in 146 countries, including the United States. More information is available at www.nationalgeographic.com.

Renowned as a filmmaker and one of Botswana’s most respected naturalists, Tim Liversedge has worked with animals, art and wildlife photography for over 40 years. He started his own production company, Tim Liversedge Productions, in 1987. Winner of both a Golden Panda (the most prestigious award of wildlife film-making) and an Emmy, his credits include 17 acclaimed wildlife films for PBS USA, Turner Broadcasting, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic TV, the BBC, NHK Japan, the Botswana Government, Germany, France, Italy and many other countries. His syndicated films are seen by millions of viewers worldwide.

Destination Cinema, Inc. owns and operates giant-screen theaters in tourist locations throughout North America, having pioneered the destination film and theater concept in 1984. One of the most prolific and successful producers of giant-screen films, the company owns a film library specializing in destination topics and distributes giant-screen films to theaters throughout the world.

Film schedule:
Monday – Friday:
Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West – 10:30 am
Forces of Nature – 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm
A Rainforest Adventure: Bugs! in 3D – 12:30pm
Roar: Lions of the Kalahari – 1:30 & 3:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday:
Forces of Nature – 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm & 5:30 pm
Roar: Lions of the Kalahari – 11:30 am, 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm
A Rainforest Adventure: Bugs! in 3D – 12:30 pm

Note to Editors: California Science Center, located at 700 State Drive in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission to Science Center exhibits is free. Guests should call 213.744-7400 to confirm schedule on the day of their visit. For advance ticket purchases, group rates, or to make reservations for any visiting group of 15 or more (required), call (213) 744-2019. Parking is available in the guest lot at Figueroa and Coliseum/39th Street for $6 per car. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. For general information, phone (323) SCIENCE or visit our website at www.californiasciencecenter.org.

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