‘Phoenix Wilder: And The Great Elephant Adventure’ Offers All-Ages Entertainment While Focusing on Conservation, Debuting in U.S. Cinemas April 16 Only
This Inspiring Adventure Premieres on Big Screens This Spring, Including Exclusive Interviews With Actress Elizabeth Hurley and Famed African Conservationist Richard Leakey
DENVER – March 5, 2018 – Moviegoers can take a ride through the African plains with two unexpected friends when “Phoenix Wilder: And The Great Elephant Adventure” comes to U.S. cinemas for one night this April. This family-friendly event from Emmy-nominated producer, director and writer Richard Boddington (“The Dogfather,” “Against The Wild,” “Against The Wild 2”) follows a young orphaned boy and his elephant friend on their fight against poaching. Through this remarkable experience, he learns that one person can make a world of difference.
On worldwide Save the Elephant Day, Monday, April 16, Fathom Events will present “Phoenix Wilder: And The Great Elephant Adventure” in movie theaters nationwide at 6:00 p.m. local time. In addition to the feature content, audiences will enjoy two exclusive interviews featuring star Elizabeth Hurley (“Austin Powers,” “Bedazzled”) and renowned elephant conservationist Richard Leakey.
Tickets for “Phoenix Wilder: And The Great Elephant Adventure” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 700 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Phoenix Wilder (Sam Ashe Arnold), a 13-year-old newly orphaned American boy, receives word that he is to live with his only surviving relative (Elizabeth Hurley) in Africa. While he quickly falls in love with his new surroundings, Phoenix becomes lost on safari, and must learn to survive in the African bush. As the search for Phoenix continues, the boy becomes fast friends with a giant bull elephant he frees from a trap. As they begin to bond, Phoenix learns of the threat his new friend faces in the wild. The brave young teenager then ends up taking on a band of poachers who are preying on African elephants.
“I first became aware of the severity of the elephant poaching crisis while on a trip to South Africa in 2014,” said Boddington. “I then got the idea to make a movie about a boy and his elephant who team up to take down the poachers. I believe that cinema can be used to both entertain and make the world’s public aware of serious environmental issues.”
“Fathom Events is pleased to bring this inspiring story to the big screen,” Fathom Events VP of Programming Kymberli Frueh said. “Nowhere else will audiences be able to experience such compelling content and stunning videography addressing the real impact of poaching and the importance of elephant conservation.”
For artwork/photos related to “Phoenix Wilder: And The Great Elephant Adventure,” visit the Fathom Events press site.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the leading event cinema distributor with participating theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in theaters such as live performances of the Metropolitan Opera, top stage productions including Newsies! The Broadway Musical and George Takei’s Allegiance, major sporting events such as Mayweather vs. McGregor, epic concerts with artists like Grateful Dead and Dixie Chicks, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, inspirational events such as Steve McQueen: American Icon and In Our Hands, and beloved anime titles like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes for unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 897 locations and 1,387 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
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