Park Film Debut
Contact: David Elkowitz, 432-477-2802
Big Bend National Park Celebrates Debut of the new Park Orientation Film
Big Bend National Park, along with the Friends of Big Bend National Park, announces the debut of the park's first orientation film, Big Bend: Life on the Edge. The celebration and first viewing of the new film will take place on May 25th at 10:00 AM in the newly constructed Panther Junction Theater. The theater is the newest feature of the Panther Junction Visitor Center, located at park headquarters in Panther Junction. Everyone is invited to attend the celebration, which will include a brief history of the project, followed directly by the first viewing of Big Bend: Life on the Edge. Refreshments will be available after the debut. The film will continue to be shown throughout the day.
Big Bend National Park has long identified the need for a park orientation film. The Friends of Big Bend National Park undertook a campaign to raise the needed funds for making this park film a reality. Park managers considered the need for an appropriate viewing location, which translated into a recently completed 35 seat theater financed by visitor entrance fees.
The new park film features Blueray cinematography, an original musical score in surround sound, is fully accessible, closed captioned, and offers audio assist options. It will be shown in the newly built theater on a big screen. Narration of the film is provided by the accomplished actor and narrator Peter Coyote. Script writing, filming, and editing was completed by Great Divide Pictures, and includes stunning aerial photography of the vast Big Bend landscape.
Park Superintendent Cindy Ott-Jones stated, "I am very pleased to offer this new service to park visitors, and proud of the significant milestone it represents for the park. It is through our partners and visitor entrance fees that we are able to proudly offer the new film Big Bend: Life on the Edge."For more information, call 432-477-2802.
Did You Know?
From the 1930s until the mid-1960s, Santa Elena Canyon was formally known as "Santa Helena Canyon." The National Park Service dropped the H from the name to assist english-speaking visitors in pronouncing the Spanish language name of the canyon.