Actress Jorja Fox To Introduce U.S. Premiere Of ‘Lion Ark’ At Mill Valley Film Fest, Highlight Hollywood News

Mill Valley Film Festival is to host the United States Premiere of feature documentary Lion Ark on October 5th, at the CinéArts Sequoia Theatre, with a special introduction by actress Jorja Fox who appears in the film.Made more in the style of an action adventure than traditional documentary, ‘Lion Ark’ follows an ambitious and daring animal rescue.  A shocking undercover exposé leads Bolivia to ban animal circuses. But the circuses defy the law and the Animal Defenders International (ADI) team behind the investigation returns to track them down, enforce the law and save the animals.jorjawithlion_lionarklogo1


Known to 73 million viewers worldwide for her role as Sara Sidle in TV’s CSI, Jorja Fox is an ADI Ambassador and as well as appearing in the film her company Seafox Productions is an Associate Producer of Lion Ark.


Jorja says of the moving story, “What I didn’t realize, was that it was going to be an extraordinary story about the human spirit and what the human spirit can do when people come together.”


She witnessed the first steps of the lions on grass after their incredible 3,000 mile journey to safety during the film’s dramatic finale, noting “These animals are perhaps the world’s most fearsome and feared predators and that night it was so gentle and tender.”


Mill Valley Film Festival is a celebration of the best in independent and world cinema, with a reputation as a filmmakers’ festival.  Run by the California Film Institute, the prestigious festival has established an impressive track record for launching new films and new filmmakers.

After both Mill Valley Film Festival screenings (2pm Saturday October 5th & 3pm Tuesday 8th) the audience will be able to meet and question the rescue team and the production team behind Lion Ark.


Jorja Fox:  “There is a lot of excitement about Lion Ark and we really hope that people will join us at Mill Valley Film Festival for the U.S. premiere.  This is an uplifting story of bravery, compassion, camaraderie and determination – how a poor but proud country said “no” to cruelty and how attitudes to animals were changed across an entire continent.  That rare thing, a film about a serious issue that will leave you smiling.”


Tim Phillips, ADI Vice President and Director of Lion Ark:  “The stars of Lion Ark are undoubtedly the lions.  But the film also shows that when people come together and are determined they can change the world.”


Saturday 5th October, 2pm: Lion Ark US Premiere Mill Valley Film Festival, at CinéArts Sequoia, Mill Valley, CA With special introduction from actress Jorja Fox, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and rescue team.

Tuesday 8th October, 3pm: Lion Ark screening Mill Valley Film Festival, at CinéArts Sequoia, Mill Valley, CA followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and rescue team.

Tickets $14.00 plus applicable fees, from Mill Valley Film Festival.

Book online or by phone at 877.874.MVFF (6833)


Reviews of Lion Ark

“Lion Ark takes an already incredible and unforgettable story and breathes life and passion and transformation into it…. one of your must-see films of 2013..” – The Independent Critic


“If you enjoy movies filled with suspense, thrills, surprises, adventure and action, put Lion Ark on your must-see list..For me, Lion Ark is the feel-good movie of the year!” – Betty Jo Tucker, Reel Talk


“A consciousness-raising milestone of a documentary … which wears its heart on its sleeve, engaging the viewer viscerally …” – Edgar Vaid, The Ecologist


“…an emotionally powerful film….will restore some faith in humanity.” –  JM Willis,


“Lion Ark is a film that will grab your attention and your heart” – Alexis Higgins, CMR Movie Reviews and News


More reviews at


About the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival

Presented by the California Film Institute, the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival runs October 3-13, 2013 at the CinéArts@Sequoia (25 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley), Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael), and other venues throughout the Bay Area.


The internationally acclaimed Mill Valley Film Festival is greatly anticipated by cinema aficionados and film industry professionals alike, is well known for the quality of its programming, and is considered a major launching pad for the annual awards season. It has established an impressive track record for launching new films and new filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a filmmakers’ festival by offering a high-profile, prestigious, noncompetitive environment for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema. MVFF holds the distinction of presenting premieres of four of the last five films that have gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture (Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech,The Artist, Argo).


Each year, the 11-day Festival welcomes more than 200 filmmakers, representing over 50 countries from around the world. Festival sections include: World Cinema; US Cinema; Valley of the Docs; Children’s FilmFest; 5@5, a daily shorts program; and Active Cinema, MVFF’s activist films initiative.


Gala celebrations, tributes to actors and filmmakers, workshops, panels and seminars, as well as opportunities to mingle with filmmakers in the spectacular setting of the San Francisco Bay Area are just a few of the reasons Screen International named Mill Valley one of its top 10 US film festivals.


Tickets are $14 (CFI Members, $11), unless otherwise noted and are available for purchase starting on September 8 for CFI or MVFF Fast Pass holders, Premier Patron and Cinema Benefactors only; September 9 for Director’s Circle and above; September 10 for Gold Star and above; September 12 for all CFI Members only and September 14 for the general public. For tickets and additional information, please visit or call 877.874.MVFF (6833).


About the California Film Institute

The nonprofit California Film Institute celebrates and promotes film as art and education through the presentation of the Mill Valley Film Festival and year-round exhibitions at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, film distribution by CFI Releasing, and building the next generation of filmmakers and audiences through the CFI Education program. For more information or (415) 383-5256.



As a nonprofit arts organization, CFI relies on the generosity of its community to sustain not only the Festival, but also the year-round programs of the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center and CFI Education. The invaluable support of our sponsors, foundations, and individual donors ensures our continued success as we celebrate our 36th year. CFI is once again proud to acknowledge the leadership support of Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith, and the continued major support of Jennifer Coslett MacCready, Ken and Jackie Broad Family Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation, the Gruber Family Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation, the Christine Zecca Foundation and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. We are also fortunate to have the continued contributions of the following Major Sponsors of the Mill Valley Film Festival: Wells Fargo, Lucasfilm, Ltd., Maroevich, O’Shea & Coghlan Insurance Services, Frantoio Ristorante and Olive Oil Co., Zaentz Media Center/A Wareham and Development.

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