OC's MacGillivray-Freeman Films "National Parks Adventure" Wins Best Film of 2016 at Giant Screen Cinema Awards

"National Parks Adventure," produced by Laguna Beach-based MacGillivray-Freeman Films, took home top honors at the Giant Screen Cinema Association's Achievement Awards, winning Best Film of 2016 in the Short Subject category. The awards were presented at the GSCA's annual worldwide conference and trade show, held Oct. 4 to 7 in Toronto.  The film also received achievement awards for Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design and Best Original Score, as well as Best Marketing Campaign by a Distributor. Additionally, the film was named in connection with the award for Best Film Launch by a Theatre.  "The response to 'National Parks Adventure' has been nothing short of outstanding, and we are honored to receive this recognition by the giant screen industry," said Shaun MacGillivray, the film's producer and President of MacGillivray Freeman Films. "The film is inspiring millions of moviegoers to fall in love with the national parks all over again, and to recognize the importance of preserving these untamed wildernesses for generations to come."  Narrated by Robert Redford, "National Parks Adventure" was filmed in more than 30 national parks, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Arches and Glacier and in lesser known parks such as Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. "'National Parks Adventure'celebrates not only the Centennial of America's national parks, but wild landscapes everywhere," said Greg MacGillivray, the film's director and Chairman of MacGillivray Freeman Films. He was recognized by Arts Orange County with the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award at the 2008 Orange County Arts Awards. "These natural environments are an essential part of the human spirit, and we are so pleased the film is encouraging our audiences to discover the beauty and sanctuary of nature's treasures wherever they are." In addition to the film's artistic success, the film has been a commercial powerhouse. "National Parks Adventure" has generated more than $18 million in worldwide ticket sales since February, making it the highest-grossing documentary of 2016 (for both giant screen and Hollywood-made documentaries).  The film was produced in association with Brand USA, the destination-marketing organization for the United States.  "This movie has been an ideal vehicle for showcasing and inspiring visitation to our national parks and the Great Outdoors experiences that await international visitors in the United States," said Chris Thompson, President and CEO of Brand USA. "In fact, exit surveys have indicated that 81% of those people who have watched the film are either "much more likely" or "somewhat more likely" to visit the United States after seeing the film."  "National Parks Adventure"premiered at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History on Feb. 10, and then opened in more than 100 museums and science centers in the U.S. and around the world. The film continues to open in new markets and is anticipated to play in theatres throughout 2017 and beyond.
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Invites 2nd & 3rd Graders to Collaborate with him on a Project
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera invites 2nd and 3rd grade students to participate in the creation of "The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon," a bilingual, illustrated poem created with the help of artist Juana Medina ... and our nation's young people.  Herrera was announced recently as the speaker for Arts Orange County's 8th Annual Creative Edge Lecture on March 14, 2017. More details about the "Catalina Neon" project here.
Americans for the Arts Brings 2017 Convention to California
AFTA Comes to San Francisco for the first time, June 16-18
CREATIVE LIFE is the theme of the 2017 Americans for the Arts Convention, which will be held for the very first time in San Francisco in 2017 in June.   It's the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in a city in the middle of a tech boom that has sparked remarkable and startling reinvention, negotiation, and innovation. It is 49 square miles with a style, movement, and rhythm all its own-striving for peace and equity amidst waves, hills, fog, and everywhere-everywhere-an explosion of vibrant creative life.   San Francisco is a place that reminds us that almost nothing is actually binary-that our world is constantly rising, falling, flowing, and twisting around us, and that we are all active, creative players in what is to come. It reminds us of the importance of holding on to who we are, being open to what lay before us, and caring for the health and wellness of ourselves, our communities, and our world.   In 2017, America will be in the midst of a new transition. More information here.



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Emmy Awarded to Program in Which All-American Boys Chorus Performed

The 50th Anniversary ABC-TV Tribute to "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in which Orange County's All-American Boys Chorus performed, was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program for 2016 at the 68th Annual Emmy Awards.  The other nominees in that category were:  Dog With a Blog, Girl Meets World, Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, and School of Rock.
OC Fair Offers a Public Art Contest 

The OC Fair & Event Center is hosting a free public art contest to promote a fish-friendly cause!  The #DrainsToOcean - A Public Awareness Art Contest is purposed to remind the community that storm water drains lead directly to the ocean and to think before dumping toxic chemicals or trash in or around a storm drain. The top 6 artists will be invited to paint their design on a concrete area covering a storm drain on the OC Fair & Event Center property. The best painting will be awarded a 2017 OC Fair Super Pass and the other selected artists will each receive two general admission tickets for the 2017 OC Fair. It's free to enter and the contest is open to amateur and professional artists as individuals or groups of up to 4 people.  More details here.
Arts Research Reports Issued
The  James Irvine Foundation has released a report consisting of seven new case studies featuring nine nonprofit arts groups, all grantees of Irvine's 2014 Exploring Engagement Fund. The report provides real-world examples and tips for engaging communities of color and low-income groups. Read the full Experiments in Arts Engagement report

Creativity Connects - Produced in collaboration with the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), this new report from the National Endowment for the Arts examines issues familiar to the arts world such as funding and training, but also widens the lens to look at the effect of other forces shaping the work environment for artists including technology, the gig economy, student debt, and the growth of cross-disciplinary work. 

For information, contact Karen Ahola
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