The Indianapolis Zoo and the GLOBE Foundation have partnered to bring a historic film about a legendary pair of wildlife filmmakers to the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum. Two In The Bush is a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of Oscar-nominated filmmakers and wildlife conservationists, Alan and Joan Root. The film will be screened at the IMAX Theater on Wednesday, September 26, at 7:30pm, with Alan Root in attendance! Admission is free, but moviegoers should make reservations at http://twointhebush.eventbrite.com.
Once deemed, "one of the world's greatest photographic teams," the Roots pioneered many methods still used in wildlife filmmaking today while enduring incredible hardship in some of the world's most dangerous places to capture iconic images of wildlife and landscapes.
Originally released in 1978 and now fully restored in high definition for the first time, Two in the Bush, is a story of survival, passion for the natural world, and the art of wildlife filmmaking with one of Africa's most legendary duos.
Alan Root was born in London but moved to Kenya at a young age, while Joan Root was born in Kenya. Married in 1961, the couple created a formidable filmmaking partnership, releasing an array of award-winning wildlife films over the next 20 years. Their first international success came in 1973 with Baobab: Portrait of a Tree, and in and in 1975 they completed the first balloon ascent over Mount Kilimanjaro for their epic aerial film, Balloon Safari.
Famous for their innovative cinematography techniques, the couple captured the pounding energy of a thundering wildebeest herd in their 1974 production, The Year of the Wildebeest, by placing cameras at ground level and protecting them with tortoise shells.
Mysterious Castles of Clay in 1978 earned the pair an Oscar nomination and the same year a behind-the-scenes Survival Special, Two in the Bush, brought their legendary risk-taking to light.
Alan has had numerous close-calls over his career and is littered with scars to prove it - having suffered hippo bites and losing a finger to a death adder. During his long career Alan has been honored by over 60 awards and in 1994 received an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Wildscreen Festival. He continues his quest to bring the magic of the natural world to the public through film. Divorced from Alan since the 1980s, Joan Root was killed by intruders in her lakeside Lake Naivasha home in 2006 at the age of 69.
The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to partner with the GLOBE Foundation to further the cause of animal conservation.
PHOTOS: Right, Alan and Joan Root filming a cobra in the 1970s. Left, Alan as he appears today, with a "friend."
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