20th Century Pictures and DreamWorks Animation present a PG rated, 98 minute, 3D adventure, comedy, directed and screenplay by Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders with a theater release date of March 22, 2013.
Fox Searchlight Pictures, Indian Paintbrush and Scott Free Productions present a 99 minute, R rated, drama, mystery, thriller, directed by Chan-wook Park, written by Wentworth Miller and Erin Cressida Wilson with a theater release date of March 1, 2013.
Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, BenderSpink and Carousel Productions present a PG-13, 100 minute, comedy, directed by Don Scardino, screenplay by Jonathan M. Goldstein and John Francis Daley with a theater release date of March 15, 2013.
Tristar Pictures, Troika Pictures, WWE Studios, Emergency Films and Amasia Entertainment present an R rated, 95 minute, thriller, directed by Brad Anderson and written by Richard D’Ovidio with a theater release date of March 15, 2013.
Walt Disney Pictures and Roth Films present a PG, 130 minute, action, adventure, fantasy, directed by Sam Raimi, written by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire with a theater release date of March 8, 2013.
Film District, WWE Studios, Original Film, Automatik Entertainment and Frequency Films present an R rated, 110 minute, action, crime, drama, directed by Niels Arden Opley and screenplay by J.H. Wyman with a theater release date of March 8, 2013.
Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, Legendary Pictures and Bad Hat Harry present a 114 minute, PG-13, fantasy, adventure, drama, directed by Bryan Singer, screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Darren Lemke with a theater release date of March 1, 2013.
Blue Carpet Event Will Celebrate 20th Anniversary of the Hit Film “Free Willy” and the World Premiere New Documentary About Orca at Historic Egyptian Theater
The event will also be heavily promoted to local schools, not only to educate youngsters on the importance of preserving the orca, but offering them a chance to compete against other area schools to win a class trip to the Hollywood event. A copy of the documentary will be donated to participating schools along with a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide to enhance learning.
Four years in the making, "Keiko the Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy" presents never-before-seen footage of Keiko, the original Free Willy star and the first and only captive orca to be released back into the wild. The film provides compelling insights into the unique culture of orcas, and how the impact of being taken from his pod affected Keiko’s survival instincts. The film shares the exclusive accounts of Keiko’s day-to-day existence by his last two caretakers, Colin Baird and Thorbjorg (Tobba) Valdis Kristjansdottir.
“It seems like everything I’ve ever done, everybody I’ve ever known, every piece of music and poetry I’ve ever written, has gone into making this film,” states first-time filmmaker Theresa Demarest, a celebrated singer/songwriter from the Pacific Northwest. The former Catholic nun is also a retired critical care nurse, single parent and two-time breast cancer survivor. “It has been a phenomenal journey,” she says of her experience.
Keiko first swam into Demarest’s life in 1996, while she was recovering from several major surgeries related to her second battle with cancer. The day the ailing whale arrived in Oregon, Demarest found herself mesmerized by his spirit after an eleven-year ordeal surviving in a tank that was never designed for anything larger than an eight-foot bottlenose dolphin.
“There was something about the story,” she recalls, "something about the people involved in the story, something about him and his spirit got me going after his story.”
Demarest wore many other hats on the film as producer, singer, songwriter, composer, and executive producer (along with executive producers Nola Wilken and Jay Schornstein). The film’s expert advisors include caretaker Baird, Director of Field Operations, the Free Willy-Keiko Project; Dr. Naomi Rose of the Humane Society International; Mark Berman, and Dr. Paul Spong of OrcaLab.
The event will also launch a campaign for Keiko to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame in 2014 and to obtain worldwide distribution of the documentary.
See you on the Blue Carpet.
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