Title: Mystery of the Nile (IMAX® format, 47 min.)

Synopsis: Mystery of the Nile is a breathtaking cinematic adventure that takes audiences on an expedition down the world’s greatest and most deadly river, the Blue Nile. For 114 days, a team of explorers led by Pasquale Scaturro and Gordon Brown face seemingly insurmountable challenges—class VI rapids, dangerous crocodiles and hippos, gunfire from bandits, malaria, sand storms and the fierce desert sun—as they make their way along all 3,250 miles of the river to became the first in history to complete a full descent of the Blue Nile from source to sea. Throughout this journey that crosses Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, the beauty and wonder of the magnificent Nile region are revealed as never before.

Production: Mystery of the Nile is a co-production of Órbita Max, a company specialized in audiovisual documentary content in various formats, and MacGillivray Freeman Films, two-time Oscar-nominated producers of some of the most successful titles in the large format industry, including Everest and Coral Reef Adventure. Mystery of the Nile is the first large format film produced by a Spanish production company.

Seven tons of technical material were needed for the shooting: four IMAX cameras that weighted 40 to 80 pounds each, helicopters, hot air balloons, a dozen boats and more than a hundred professionals from different nationalities.

Locations: Ethiopia: Lake Tana, Lalibela, Tissisat Falls and the great canyon of the Blue Nile. Sudan: Khartoum where the Blue and White Nile meet, and the black pyramids of Meroe. Egypt: Lake Nasser, Abu Simbel, Aswan, Luxor, Cairo and Alexandria.

Principle Photography: November 2003 to July 2004.
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Format: Mystery of the Nile was shot in 15/70 full-frame large format film, which is six times larger than standard 35mm film.
Produced By: Orbita Max and MacGillivray Freeman Films
Distributed By: MacGillivray Freeman Films

Length: 47 minutes

Credits: Jordi Llompart, Producer/Director/Writer
Greg MacGillivray, Producer/Creative Consultant
Reed Smoot, Director of Photography
Stephen Judson, Editor/Script Consultant
David Giró, Music Composed By

For a complete list of film credits, click here.

Release Date: In February 2005 Mystery of the Nile will be distributed to IMAX® theaters and large format cinemas in over 20 countries. The world premiere will be February 3rd, 2005 at the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in Valencia, Spain.

Additional Information:
Coinciding with the release of the movie, the book “Mystery of the Nile: The Epic Story of the First Descent of the World’s Deadliest River” will be published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons. The book is a gripping account of the first complete descent of the Blue Nile written by award-winning author Richard Bangs and expedition leader Pasquale Scaturro.
At the same time, the TV documentary distributed by Orbita Max Adventure on the Nile, will be released. This documentary was produced during the same expedition with additional video photography.

For more information: www.nilefilm.com
www.orbitamax.com/bluenile.htm

About IMAX: www.imax.com (The IMAX® Experience)