Saturday, August 11, 2018

Movie Minute: Pandas

IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that the Kristen Bell-narrated IMAX® documentary adventure “Pandas,” a heartwarming global story about reintroducing captive-born pandas to the wild, will expand into IMAX® theatres across North America for a special one-week engagement, beginning August 17.

“We are so proud of this movie and how audiences have embraced the importance of protecting and providing for these endangered creatures,” said writer/producer Drew Fellman, who also co-directed the film with David Douglas.  “We hope that the wider release of ‘Pandas’ will provide a greater emphasis on the work that is being done in China and help create ongoing awareness of the exciting new programs in place for Panda conservation.”

“Pandas” takes audiences on a remarkable journey to China, immersing them in an adventure starring the adorable, beloved species – Giant Pandas.  Go behind the scenes with IMAX into a rarely seen world of captive-born pandas and meet a young cub namedQian Qian, the delightful, bamboo-loving star, as she prepares to go wild.
IMAX Entertainment presents, in association with IMAX Documentary Films Capital, Jin Yi Culture Investment (HK) and Panda Productions, “Pandas.”  This film, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX, was released in limited IMAX® and IMAX® 3D theatres on April 18, 2018, with a commercial expansion starting August 17, 2018.  The film is rated G. 

About “Pandas”

At Chengdu Panda Base in China, scientists are taking the captive breeding program to the next level and preparing captive-born cubs for the wild.  This film follows one such researcher, whose passion leads her to initiate a new technique inspired by a black bear rehabilitator in rural New Hampshire.  What starts as a cross-cultural collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for one special panda named Qian Qian. The film, captured with IMAX® cameras, follows Qian Qian on an exciting new adventure into the mountains of Sichuan as she experiences nature for the first time and discovers her wild side.

David Douglas and Drew Fellman, the filmmakers behind “Born to be Wild” and “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” directed the film, which Fellman wrote and produced, with Douglas as director of photography.  Donald Kushner and Steve Ransohoff also produced the film, with LiXiao Dong, David Haring, and Elie Samaha executive producing and Neal Allen serving as line producer.  “Born to be Wild” and “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” editor Beth Spiegel and composer Mark Mothersbaugh collaborated with Douglas and Fellman once again, with sound design by Gus Koven.

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