A new IMAX film celebrating US national parks – and highlighting those of the American West – is currently screening. National Parks Adventure (2016), narrated by Robert Redford, commemorates both present-day national parks and the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service, first created August 25, 1916.

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Directed and filmed by Greg MacGillivray, the 43-minute National Parks Adventure lets viewers follow a trio into over 30 parks, including Yellowstone and Grand Canyon in the American West. Max Lowe, an adventure photographer, Conrad Anker, a professional mountaineer and Lowe’s stepdad, and Rachel Pohl, a friend of Lowe’s who paints the park visits, let theatre-goers see the inside of the parks from a number of perspectives. Here is a trailer for the film:

The groundwork for the National Park Service (NPS), the federal agency that manages US national parks, was laid by a trip that US President Theodore Roosevelt took with conservationist John Muir into Yosemite in 1903. With only a small group, Roosevelt and Muir camped deep into Yosemite and discussed how best to protect natural lands for future generations. Following a night sleeping in the open air, Roosevelt would go on to establish the United States Forest Service and create five new national parks.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson would create the NPS, which was given the mandate to: “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same….as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations”. The following clip from National Parks Adventure gives some background on that historic Roosevelt-Muir trip into Yosemite, which is dramatized for the film:

National Parks Adventure began its first screenings in February, both in the US and internationally, and will show at IMAX, IMAX 3D, and various giant-screen cinemas. Upcoming locations & times can be found at this Theatres link and the official site for the film is National Parks Adventure.

 (Copyright – Chad Beharriell)


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