Wed. Jun 3rd, 2020

‘Lion Ark’ A Roaring Success At This Year’s San Diego Film Festival, Highlight Hollywood News

San Diego – Action-documentary Lion Ark has won the affections of audiences at the San Diego Film Festival. Earlier this week, the Lion Ark USA premiere introduced by CSI star Jorja Fox sold out the 300 seat CinéArts Sequoia Theatre, near San Francisco, after selling out at Raindance Film Festival, London last week.Lion Ark Director Tim Phillips said: “I am thrilled to present Lion Ark at San Diego Film Festival. Once again I find myself overwhelmed at the positive response to Lion Ark, which has won fantastic reviews and left audiences around the world awed and overjoyed by the exciting rescue of the magnificent stars of Lion Ark.”


Made more in the style of an action adventure than traditional documentary, Lion Ark follows the world’s most ambitious and daring animal rescue which begins with a shocking undercover investigation and leads to a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia; when the circuses defy the law, the team behind the investigation returns, tracking down the illegal circuses and saving every animal.


All aspects of the remarkable rescue operation were recorded and ‘Lion Ark’ is meticulously compiled from film, interviews, conversations and the reactions of participants as events unfold. The confrontations, heartache and incredible risks the rescue team face are all captured before a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom in Colorado.


The rescue was backed by Emmy award-winning TV host Bob Barker and ADI Ambassador and CSI actress Jorja Fox, both of whom appear in the film. Bob Barker’s support enabled the rescue team to empty Bolivia of its suffering circus animals and build homes for them in the US.


Lion Ark screens opens at Hawaii International Film Festival, hosted by Jorja Fox, on Saturday 12 October.


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With America’s Finest City as its backdrop, the San Diego Film Festival provides the best in independent film all in a premiere environment, boasting event screenings, interactive Q&A’s, industry panels, thought provoking narrative features and networking opportunities. The San Diego Film Festival is a unique cultural event providing audiences with unrivalled access to critically acclaimed films and the talent responsible for creating them.



“The film can be described in one word – AMAZING! Viewers will be crying tears of joy throughout”

– Renee Snyder, The Examiner


“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


“…when the lion is finally released and walks on grass for the first time, it’s one of the most poignant moments of the film.”

– Laura Moss, Huffington Post / Mother Nature Network


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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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