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Adventures in Wild California

Film Summary of Adventures in Wild California

bigImage The wilds of California are not so much a place as they are a state of mind - a free-spirited, nature-infused way of life that is viscerally captured in ADVENTURES IN WILD CALIFORNIA.  Through a myriad of exciting and touching personal stories, the film reveals how the wild lifestyles of California culture are influenced by the untouched California wilderness that surrounds them.

But what will happen to the human spirit that flows from the land if the wild places disappear?  This disconcerting thought inspired Greg MacGillivray and MacGillivray Freeman Films to create ADVENTURES IN WILD CALIFORNIA, a new, soul-stirring adventure that at once celebrates the American West’s "out-there" culture and calls to preserve the untamed landscapes that keep the exploratory impulse vibrantly alive.   

A virtual expedition by land, sea and air, ADVENTURES IN WILD CALIFORNIA reveals the close connection between nature and human achievement among California’s adrenaline-and-passion-driven athletes, scientists and adventurers. 

Audiences are sent careening down an icy, steep mountain face with snowboarders; twirling on thermals above the clouds with skysurfers; swimming through the oceans with otters and their surrogate human mother; excavating the very heart of a thirty-story tall Giant Sequoia with botanists and emerging from under the spray of one of California's biggest, surfable waves. The heart-pounding imagery recreates an experience of California's furthest edges few will ever know first-hand.

Created by the same team that brought EVEREST to IMAX theatres, ADVENTURES IN WILD CALIFORNIA is at once a celebration of California's wild nature and a call to preserve and protect its wild places for future generations of adventurers.

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Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films. Producers: Greg MacGillivray, Mark Krenzien, and Alec Lorimore. Director: Greg MacGillivray. Distributor: MacGillivray Freeman Films. Executive Producer: K2 Communications. Writer: Mark Krenzien. Director of Photography: Brad Ohlund. Editor: Jim Foster. Narrator: Jimmy Smits. Original Score: Lindsay Buckingham and Brian Wilson.

Reviews

BMZ Reviews:

Westward Education and Ultimate Sports to the IMAX® By Ross Anthony

Outside Reviews:

"A new IMAX film captures the majesty and the minutiae of the Golden State" By Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee

"Going Wild in California" By Bob Thompson, Toronto Sun

"Adventures in Wild California" By Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

"Adventures in Wild California" By Chris Gore, Film Threat

"Adventures in Wild California" By Mike Kerrigan, BoxOffice Magazine

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BMZ User Reviews

Rating: Excellent
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Rating: Excellent
Posted by: louie22
Adventures featured some of the best film work I have seen in a while. I particularly enjoyed the sky surfing and big-wave surfing portions. However, the Disney part seemed a little too "branded" for my liking. Overall, I thought it was a fantastic movie and will probably end up seeing it again. ... Read More >>

Rating: excellent
Posted by: landrith1
Wow! Some pretty amazing stuff in here . . . from surfing 40 foot waves to surfing in the sky. And a cool Lindsey Buckingham soundtrack to boot! ... Read More >>