‘Into America’s Wild’ aims to show ‘the magic that nature can work’
Exploring the hidden wonders of the world takes time and patience. In the film, “Into America’s Wild,” filmmakers bring the experience to the masses.
The film began screening this week at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s Verus Research DynaTheater. The film is shown at noon and 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
“This is such a beautiful film, and not a lot of people were able to travel,” says Sharlene Argyres, New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation director of operations. “We were excited to find something that we could show viewers.”
“Into America’s Wild” is a nonstop ride by kayak, bicycle, train, hot air balloon, zip line, kite surfboard and more into some of the most beautiful but little-known landscapes of North America. From the wilds of Alaska and the lush coastline of Oregon to the canyons of the Southwest and the rolling hills of the Appalachian Trail, the film is wall-to-wall with natural treasures and the joy that comes from spending time in nature.
Guiding this journey are three trailblazers — Native American astronaut John Herrington, Alaska pilot and youth advocate Ariel Tweto, and record-breaking longdistance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis — who share a passion for connecting people to experiences in the wild.
The film is narrated by
“‘Into America’s Wild’ is not only a nonstop adventure to some of America’s most stunning but little-known
natural landscapes and trails; it’s also a vital exploration into how being in nature can spark peak experiences that improve our lives,” said Greg
MacGillivray, chairman of MacGillivray Freeman Films and director of “Into America’s Wild.”
“We set out to show North America’s infinite beauty, but also the magic that nature can work on every one of us, how it invites us to be part of something bigger than ourselves,” he said.
The film also has a New Mexico connection: Some of it was filmed in the state.
Filmmakers explored the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area, in the high desert of northwestern New Mexico.
“What makes this area of land so remarkable are the hoodoos, balanced rocks and other strange formations found there,” the filmmakers say. “Over the past 100 years, many dinosaur bones have been collected there as well.”
Argyres says the film also features the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
“Anytime MacGillivray Freeman Films does a film, we pay attention, because they are so well done,” Argyres says. “Seeing the Balloon Fiesta on the DynaTheater screen will be amazing. No matter how often we see the balloons in air, it’s always a refreshing sight.”
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