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From the Top of the World to the Deep Blue Sea

5/21/2008
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Sioux Falls, SD (5.14.2008)

– Coming to the Wells Fargo CineDome at the Washington Pavilion are two movies that span the heights and depths of the planet. The Alps and Search for the Great Sharks debut on May 24 and will show until Oct.3, 2008.

In the thin air above Switzerland, on the sheer rock-and-ice wall known as the Eiger North Face, an American climber is about to embark on the most perilous and meaningful ascent he has ever undertaken: an attempt to scale the legendary mountain that took his renowned father’s life. This is the emotional and exhilarating territory of The Alps, from two-time Academy Award nominated producers MacGillivray Freeman Films and presented by Holcim and Switzerland Tourism.

In the tradition of the company’s runaway hit, Everest, the film follows a stirring human story that unfolds in the midst of some of nature’s most awe-inspiring scenery. Narrating the tale is award-winning actor Michael Gambon, who recently starred as Albus Dumbledore in the last two Harry Potter adventures. Featuring music from rock legends Queen and some of the most spectacular giant-screen imagery yet seen – captured by intrepid helicopter and mountaineering crews – the film celebrates both the unsurpassed beauty of the Alps and the indomitable spirit of the people who live, climb and explore there. Viewers will get an unprecedented tour complete with a ride on the high-altitude Glacier Express train, stops in enchanting mountain villages, a bungee jump off Verzasca Dam in the footsteps of James Bond and the rare chance to experience a triumphant ascent of the feared and revered Eiger North Face.

Steven Spielberg captured our imaginations and awoke in us a primal fear of the deep ocean when he made Jaws. Since then we have been relentless in our pursuit to understand the terror of the deep -- sharks. Search for the Great Sharks plays on this fascination and fear by scouring the oceans for the world's largest sharks. Director al Wolfe has compiled 51 minutes of some of the most intense footage of sharks every filmed. Search for the Great Sharks is filmed with the intent to make the viewer feel as if they were the diver pursuing the blue whale and great white sharks that are encountered. With detailed narration by Joseph Campanella, this film is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat as the giant teeth of these testy predators chomp down on their prey.

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