America’s national parks are a global treasure, visited and enjoyed not only by tourists and adventure lovers in the United States, but from all over the world.
There are the big ones that everyone knows and loves, parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite, but what about the rest of the park system? All in all, America boasts more than 400 National Park units. Put together these parks and monuments comprise some 84 million acres of the American landscape.
In celebration of the National Park centennial, a new IMAX film is attempting to capture the importance of America’s National Park system and the awe inspiring beauty that these parks so often contain.
The film, MacGillivray Freeman’s National Parks Adventure, features a trio of adventurers—mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe, and climber Rachel Pohlas— as they journey off-trail through some of the nation’s most iconic national parks, and its hitting select theaters this month.
“In the making of this film, we visited more than 30 national parks, looking for things we’d never seen before and images that blew us away,” says film creator MacGillivray Freeman. “There’s beauty and magnificence in every national park, but we looked for places that would be the most amazing on the IMAX screen.”“The story of the national parks is a big one, but for me the most important idea is that these parks belong to everyone, to all the people,” Freeman continued. “The parks give us a sense of awe, a sense of wonder, and in return I think we understand what a tremendous gift they will be for future generations of Americans.”Narrating the film is academy award winner and star of the recent film ‘A Walk in the Woods’, based on Bill Bryson’s classic Appalachian Trail-based novel of the same name.
“National Parks Adventure captures the stunning beauty of our wild places and reminds us these landscapes are an essential part of the human spirit,” Redford says.
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