Animal Defenders International (ADI) present
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
Texas State Premiere
The screening will be followed by Q&A with filmmakers and rescue team – Jan Creamer & Tim Phillips. Plus special guests include screen legend Ed Asner and artist Asher Jay.
Be the first in Texas to see the award-winning Lion Ark
and attend a VIP fundraising gala to help save animals.
With special thanks to Different Rhythm Foundation and the Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary
for assistance in organizing these screenings.
6:00pm: Lion Ark RED CARPET PREMIERE
Red Carpet and Doors Open @ 6:00pm | Show @ 7:00pm
Stateside at the Paramount
Online Advance Admission - $19.55 Purchase Tickets Online
9:00pm: VIP Gala Reception – to raise funds for Animal Defenders International (ADI) to rescue abused circus animals from Peru. Head straight from the Lion Ark screening to our fundraising VIP Gala with a drink from the Stateside Bar, complimentary vegan hors d’oeuvres, and an opportunity to meet the filmmakers and special guests. All funds raised will go towards animal rescue.
VIP Package $46.55 - includes ticket to 7:00pm screening and Gala Reception. Purchase
Joining Ed Asner and Asher Jay will be: Actress and model Tricia Jo Hoffman (Mulberry Stains, Tainted Rose); Writer, producer, actress Tiffany Heath (Mulberry Stains, Spavine); Austin's own director Nevie Owens (Cancerpants, Burned, Before Sunset); popular Austin musician Ginger Leigh; actor, producer, Robert Lott (Varsity Blues, Mulberry Stains, Bakers Mound, The Life of David Gale);Attorney at Law, Candidate for Judge 252 District Court, Carolyn Drawhorn Weidenfeld; Top Austin Business Woman, Candidate for District 10, Tina Cannon; Bart Sherwood (Program Director: Train A Dog, Save A Warrior) and Thomas Hall (Founder of the Lagniappe Music & Film Festival); plus "The Colonel" - Hero dog of the year!
Reviews & Awards
"Compelling cinema vérité" - The Hollywood Reporter
“The feel-good movie of the year!” – Reel Talk
“A consciousness-raising milestone” – The Ecologist
"awe-inspiring" – Britflicks
Winner Best Documentary, Omaha Film Festival
Winner Best Documentary Sun & Sand Film & Music Festival, Mississippi
Winner Audience Choice Best Documentary, San Diego Film Festival
Winner Audience Choice Best Environmental Film, Sedona International Film Festival
Winner Audience Favorite Palm Documentary, Palm Beach International Film Festival
Audience Choice Best Documentary Anchorage International Film Festival
Nominated Outstanding International Motion Picture, NAACP Image Awards
More action adventure than traditional documentary, Lion Ark follows the world's most ambitious and daring animal rescue, with a narrative compiled from film, interviews, conversations and reactions as events unfolded.
Following a shocking exposé Bolivia bans animal circuses. But the circuses defy the law and the team behind the investigation returns to track them down and save the animals.
The stars are the lions as their lives transform and their characters emerge.
Stunning cinematography captures the confrontations, heartache and risks, before a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom.
A story of bravery, compassion, a country that said 'no' to cruelty, how attitudes to animals changed across a continent and how small numbers of people can change the world.
At last a film about serious animal protection and environmental issues that will leave you smiling!
Special thanks to:
Catering by Outrageous Raw
Catering by Outrageous Raw
Chefs: Karen Osborne and Carolyn Brinkley
Photography by Laurie Fryar www.lauriefryar.com
Event Parking Information
Secure covered parking is offered to patrons at the One American Center parking garage, conveniently located one block from the Paramount at 600 Congress. Your $8.00 parking pass may be purchased at the garage entrance from the parking attendant (cash only). Garage hours and availability vary by event. For additional parking information, please click here.