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SACRED PLANET

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"Sacred Planet” is a 45-minute trip around the world to places most of us will never get the chance to see, special places that spark the imagination. Take an incredible vacation from the busy, modern world to some of the most fascinating, exotic and remote sites on the planet and experience natural wonders as never before in this powerful and exciting film custom-made for Large Format Theatres. Narrated by Robert Redford, this film transports moviegoers on a magical round-the-world odyssey that explores pristine places that still exist and gives new insights into the Earth's diverse landscapes, peoples and animals. Taking full advantage of the giant screen to create a unique motion picture experience, "Sacred Planet” presents a stunning array of larger-than-life images and reminds us of our vital connections to the natural world.

Walt Disney Pictures presents "Sacred Planet,” directed by Jon Long. Written and produced by Jon Long & Karen Fernandez Long, the executive producer is Jake Eberts. Buena Vista Pictures distributes.

"People go to the movies to get away from their busy lives for a little while. We wanted to make a movie that did just that – gave people a vacation to places they've never been,” says Jon Long, director of Walt Disney Pictures' new motion picture for the Giant Screen, "Sacred Planet.” "This is a movie that invites you to turn off the cell phone, sit back, relax, and gaze at some of the most beautiful places on Earth.”

A 45-minute journey from the last remaining old growth forests of British Columbia to the snowy peaks and glaciers of Alaska; from the red rock canyons of Utah and Arizona to the tropical jungles and underwater mysteries of Borneo; from the ancient ruins of Thailand to remote deserts of Namibia to the white sand beaches of New Zealand, "Sacred Planet” brings audiences inside these places like never before. "Standing in the rainforest in Borneo – some consider it to be the oldest in the world – is an amazing experience. At dusk, the insects make so much noise that it's louder than standing on a street corner in Manhattan. There's just so much life around you,” says Long.

"There are very few people in the world who are still living a traditional lifestyle,” says Long. "These people will probably still exist only for another generation or two – even though they and their ancestors have been living this way for thousands of years. ‘Sacred Planet' is really an opportunity to see these beautiful, pristine places around the world and to listen to what the people who live there have to say.”

The words that did not come from the elders of indigenous peoples of the world come from Robert Redford, an Academy Award®- winning director, acclaimed actor, and noted environmental activist. "Robert Redford stressed to us the importance of public awareness for environmental issues,” says Fernandez. "Sometimes, people have an opportunity to increase that awareness, and it's important to him to seize each of those opportunities. This is certainly what Jon and I are trying to do with this film, in an entertaining way; it was great to hear that coming from him.”

"I'm a huge fan of Redford's,” adds Long. "And when I think that the last words that are spoken in ‘A River Runs Through It' are by the same voice that narrates our film… it's a dream come true. He's the perfect voice for this film.”

"On one hand, ‘Sacred Planet' is an entertaining trip around the world, a chance to see places few of us will get to visit, with some of the most powerful large screen photography I've seen. It's a wonderful film on that level alone,” says Redford. "In addition, I don't think it's possible to see how these indigenous people live and then walk out into the smog and bustle and traffic of Los Angeles or Houston or New Yo

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