*Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman’s voice narrates the IMAX Entertainment/Warner Bros Film, IMAX Born to be Wild 3D. The film, too be released Friday, April 8, 2011 at IMAX Theaters, is about the unbelievable journey of two women in their pursuit to save orphaned elephants in Kenya and orangutans in Borneo’s rainforest.
The voice of Morgan Freeman takes us through the film as world-renowned primatologist Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas and elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick adds personal insight into the plight of orphaned elephants and orangutans.
Nothing is as soothing as the voice of Freeman especially when the screen seems as though huge “baby” elephants are coming at you.
“I saw the film before the narrative,” Morgan said about the use of any visuals while recording the voice-overs. “You get calls to do narratives, lots of them, and once in a while a project comes long that you are hooked and you go with it.”
IMAX Born to be Wild 3D was directed by David Lickley and was written and produced by Drew Fellman. The music throughout the film was just as breath-taking as the film itself. The documentary takes you high in the trees of the rainforest to follow the orangutans and in between the legs of hordes of elephants to follow orphaned baby elephants.
“Transporting 30,000 pounds of gear during rain storms and all kinds of weather (was the challenge),” said producer Fellman about shooting the film in such remote places.
The film has lots of tear-jerking moments too, such as the unexplainable moment when a group of adult, former-orphans, came to welcome a small group of younger orphans who were brought to the half-way house compound – where they will stay for a couple years before being released into the wild.
No one tells the adult elephants when the orphaned ones will be coming, they just all know. They all come at the same time too, from all different directions, an unbelievable sight. At least 20-30 grown elephants coming to welcome “strange” young orphaned elephants, with hugs with their loving trunks and body parts and if this wasn’t enough they adults all stay for a month before going back into the wild.
“Elephants are human animals in terms of emotions,” elephant expert Daphne said about the species. “They are family oriented and just like us.”
There was also a moment when a now fully grown former orphaned orangutan returned for a visit to the compound. That moment brought – for me – a brief “hold you’re breath-in” moment because you are not sure what will happen, especially since orangutans get to be over three-times the strength of a man.
IMAX Born to be Wild 3D hits IMAX theaters across the country Friday, April 8, 2011. For more on the film or locations to IMAX theaters near you log onto www.IMAX.com.
David E. Talbert’s ‘What My Husband Doesn’t Know’ is full of comedy, drama, suspense and hot romantic scenes
*In my recent interview with the five-time NAACP Image Award winning playwright David E. Talbert recently he talked about how he forgot how much he missed being on the road with his stage-plays. Well, after attending his latest production, ‘What My Husband Doesn’t Know’ at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, I was reminded how much I enjoy David E. Talbert productions. The play was full of comedy, drama, suspense, mystery and hot romantic scenes.
“What My Husband Doesn’t Know” stars Michelle Williams, Brian White, Clifton Davis, Ann Nesby, Tiffany Haddish, Vince Vincent, Chloe Spencer and Esau McGraw. David’s first stay-play since taking two years off to work in Hollywood, “What My Husband Doesn’t Know,” shows that Hollywood has influenced the playwright. That Hollywood influence is evident in the stage backdrop; his choice of actors; the music, his choice of customs, and most certainly in the script which reads like a combination of a drama, comedy and murder mystery television series. There were times that I forgot it was a live show because the acting and imagery was so on-point.
The audience is also treated to four musical selections by Ms. Williams and the powerful vocals of Ann Nesby. “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” arrives next to The Beacon Theater in New York on April 7 – 10; the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford, ILL on April 12th; The Arie Crown Theater in Chicago, Ill on April 14-16th; the Palace Theater in Louisville, KY on April 17th; the Willett Hall in Ports Monte, VA on April 28-30th; Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in NC on May 1st, and the Dallas Convention Center in Texas on May 3-8, 2011.
For more information about David E. Talbert’s stage-play, “What My Husband Doesn’t Know,” log onto www.DavidETalbert.com.