THE ALPS to Open Friday, March 7

March 7, 2008 at 1:35 am | Posted in News from SLSC | Leave a comment
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THE ALPS, the latest project from two-time Academy Award®-nominated producers MacGillivray Freeman Films, opens Friday, March 7, at the Saint Louis Science Center. Presented locally by American Eagle Credit Union, THE ALPS is the emotional story of well-known American mountain climber, John Harlin III, and his treacherous ascent to the top of the Eiger, the legendary mountain that took his renowned father?s life 40 years ago.

The film documents Harlin on his journey to the top of Europe?s majestic mountain range, including up-close footage of a real avalanche, unprecedented aerial footage of the mountain range, and a look at the culture of the people who have carved our their lives among the mountains.

The powerful songs of Queen complement the stunning visuals of THE ALPS, and guitarist Brian May?s trademark fluid virtuoso solos can be heard throughout the film, including on orchestrated remakes of favorites such as “Who Wants To Live Forever” and “It’s A Beautiful Day,? and less familiar fare like ?Bijou.?

For the first month of the run, viewers will have the opportunity to register to win two first-class rail passes for Switzerland, courtesy of Switzerland Tourism. Discount coupons for the film are available at METRO Lighting, Hidden Valley and Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park.

THE ALPS, presented by Holcim, is the seventh film in MacGillivray Freeman?s Great Adventure Film® series of original giant screen productions, based on real-life adventures in remote locations, which celebrate the discovery of the natural world. Photographs and other information relative to MacGillivray-Freeman?s The Alps can be downloaded from their web site at

For further information, contact:


Beth Bishop
Saint Louis Science Center
314.289.1455 – office
314.267.9916 – mobile

Fred Lydic
For Saint Louis Science Center

Thank you for your interest in covering the Saint Louis Science Center. We ask that you include the full names of our institution: Saint Louis Science Center, OMNIMAX® Theater, and James S. McDonnell Planetarium when writing your story.

Saint Louis Science Center
The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. Recently named one of America?s most visited museums by Forbes Traveler Magazine ? the only museum in Missouri to be named to that list – the Saint Louis Science Center complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, the air-supported EXPLORADOME®, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, and the state-of-the-art Taylor Community Science Resource Center. The goals of the Saint Louis Science Center are to educate, inspire and motivate visitors of all ages and engage the community in public dialogue about science-related issues of the day. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its programs, visit

About MacGillivray Freeman Films
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the largest, most experienced independent producer and distributor of giant screen 70mm films in the world. Throughout the company?s 40-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations for Best Documentary Short Subject for Dolphins and The Living Sea. The company?s hit film Everest achieved unprecedented acclaim and box office success for a large format film and is currently the highest grossing giant screen film of all time. MacGillivray Freeman?s films are known for their artistry and successful blend of education and entertainment, as well as their celebration of science and the natural world.


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