Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta)
Ring-tailed lemurs are the most intensely studied of all the lemurs: they are also the most easily recognizable lemur and the most common in captivity. They are also the most terrestrial of all the lemurs. Male ring-tails are equipped with scent glands on their wrists which are used in “stink fighting” with a rival male.

Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur (Cheirogaleus medius)
Dwarf lemurs forage in solitude at night. During the day they congregate, in packs of up to five to a tree hole, while they sleep. Fat-tailed dwarf lemurs survive long periods of food shortage by storing fat in their tails!

Coquerel's Sifaka (Propithecus coquereli)
The Sifaka of Madagascar are distinguished from other lemurs by their mode of locomotion: these animals maintain a distinctly vertical posture and leap through the trees using just the strength of their back legs. Their spectacular method of locomotion can easily propel them distances of over 20 feet from tree to tree. On the ground, the animals cross treeless areas just as gracefully, by an elegant bipedal sideways hopping.

Greater Bamboo Lemur (Prolemur simus)
The Greater Bamboo Lemur is the largest species of bamboo lemur. This species is cathemeral, active during the day and night throughout the year. The females of this species do not “park” their infants while foraging, unlike other Bamboo lemur species.

Indri (Indri indri)
The Indri is the largest of the lemurs alive today. They are easily located and identified by its eerie wailing song. Every day the Indri descends to the ground to eat soil, which may help it detoxify from the seeds it has eaten.

Gray Mouse Lemur (Microcebus murinus)
In Madagascar, gray mouse lemurs are sometimes sighted in gardens and roadside brush. They were thought to be the smallest living primate until recently disproven when the pygmy mouse lemur (Microcebus myoxinus), thought to be extinct, was re-discovered. The gray mouse lemur is one of the most widespread, abundant, and adaptable lemur species – and some actually have a reddish pelage color!

Verreaux’s Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi)
The Verreaux’s Sifaka does not need to drink water and can survive severe drought by eating the bark and cambium of the spiny, cactus-like plants, Operculicarya decaryi.

Black and White Ruffed Lemur (Varecia variegata variegate)
Populations of wild ruffed lemurs are critically endangered in Madagascar, and yet the animals thrive in captivity, making this species an ideal candidate for re-introduction to the wild, assuming protected habitat is available.

DAVID DOUGLAS (Director/Cinematographer) has helmed and photographed large format documentary benchmarks, including the Oscar®-nominated “Fires of Kuwait,” which also received the GSTA Maximum Image Award for Best Classic IMAX film; critically acclaimed “Survival Island”; as well as the first IMAX concert feature, “Rolling Stones: At the MAX,” which captures the world’s greatest rock and roll band on their massive Steel Wheels tour and earned the GSTA Maximum Image Award. He also wrote, directed and photographed “Wolves” for the National Wildlife Federation and “Straight Up: Helicopters in Action,” which premiered at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

Douglas’ first high school multiple-image documentary led to employment at Multiscreen Corp. by the inventors of the IMAX system/fathers of the large format film industry, Robert Kerr, Bill Shaw, Roman Kroitor and Graeme Ferguson. He later spent 18 months training dozens of astronauts to be filmmakers on Ferguson’s IMAX Space Team, supporting their orbital efforts on 14 shuttle flights from mission control, as well as shooting the terrestrial images for the original IMAX space series, “The Dream is Alive,” “Blue Planet,” “Destiny in Space” and “Mission to Mir.”

Constantly moving between directing and cinematography, Douglas has photographed over thirty films for IMAX Corporation and other clients, including most recently, the IMAX documentaries “Born To Be Wild” and “All Access: Front Row, Backstage, Live!,” and provided additional photography on the IMAX space documentaries “Space Station 3D,” and “Hubble 3D.”

In 2002, he was honored with the Kodak Vision award, and in 2010 received the IMAX Hall of Fame Award.

DREW FELLMAN (Writer/Producer) previously collaborated with Douglas on the critically acclaimed IMAX documentary “Born To Be Wild,” which he also wrote and produced. The film received the National Board of Review’s Top Five Documentaries Award in 2011 and also won the Genesis Award that year for best feature documentary.

He began his relationship with IMAX working as part of Howard Hall’s diving team on the IMAX films “Under the Sea 3D” and “Hubble 3D.”

Fellman has also worked as a journalist, screenwriter, and photographer.

A graduate of UC Berkeley, Fellman has a Masters from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

DIANE ROBERTS(Co-Producer) Emerged from a background of innovative commercial television and award-winning feature film production in the UK, Europe, Africa and Canada.

Roberts has been involved in producing many IMAX films, collaborating numerous times with Chris Parsons OBE and Sir David Attenborough, two men who defined excellence in natural history documentaries, including “The Secret of Life on Earth,” shot in 57 locations across the world, “Cities of the Wild” and “Survival Island,” directed by David Douglas and shot in the South Atlantic.

Roberts also produced Douglas’ Academy Award® nominated “Fires of Kuwait” and “Rolling Stones at the Max.” Her other collaborations with Douglas directing include “Wolves” and "Straight Up - Helicopters in Action.” Most recently, Roberts produced “Born To Be Wild,” shot by Douglas in Borneo, with Drew Fellman writing/producing.

Among her other credits are the IMAX films “Mission to Mir,” “All Access" and “Journey to Mecca,” which brought specially trained IMAX camera units into the heart of the Holy Kabbah.

BETH SPIEGEL (Editor) has edited several shows which have won numerous awards ranging from the Genesis Award to a shared Emmy Award in the craft of editing for National Geographic’s (NGO) “The Dragons of Galapagos.” She often travels for months at a time to live and edit in various places around the world.

Spiegel previously collaborated with David Douglas and Drew Fellman on the IMAX documentary “Born To Be Wild,” which was shot in Borneo, and was honored by the National Board of Review.

In 2010, Spiegel spent six months in South Africa editing NGO’s “Swamp Troop,” which was nominated for a National News and Informational Emmy. Spiegel also headed an editing team on NGO and Paramount/Vantage’s ambitious 2007 feature documentary “Arctic Tale,” narrated by Queen Latifah, which was shot over the course of a decade in myriad formats.

Spiegel’s long association with NGO includes editing episodes of critically acclaimed series “National Geographic Explorer” and “Strange Days on Earth.” In addition, she has edited episodes of “Nature,” A&E’s “Biography,” and PBS’ “The Living Edens,” “Intimate Strangers” and, most currently, “Craft in America.”

A fine artist, Spiegel’s exhibits include paintings at the Museum of Tolerance. Her children’s book illustrations include the critically acclaimed First Grade Stinks.

HANITRARIVO (Hanitra) RASOANAIVO (Songs) is a Malagasy native, known for her work with Madagascar’s band Tarika, topping World Music charts and voted by Time Magazine as one of the ten best bands in the world on a list that also included, U2, Radiohead, Portishead, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers and Cuba's Orishas.

Tarika’s thought-provoking 1994 album “Bibiango” was followed by the socially conscious-themed “Son Egal” in 1997, which received rave reviews in Europe and the USA, reaching the top of the European World Music Charts and holding the number one spot on the CMJ World Music Chart in the USA for 8 weeks. The album was nominated for the Kora All- African Music Awards and won the 1998 AFIM Indie Award for Contemporary World Music Album in the USA.

2001’s “Soul Makassar,” released on Hanitra's own UK-based independent label Sakay (Rogue Productions) in January 2001, explores the links between Madagascar and ancestral Indonesia.

With 12 albums and three films, including a BBC documentary film on her life as a female artist entitled “Mad Rhythm of Madagascar,” Hanitra has re-created her band, now called: Tarika Bé featuring the best drummer and guitarists of the capital of Madagascar and a multi-instrumentalist who plays all the traditional instruments. Tarika Bé has already toured for different prestigious festivals in the Indian Ocean, Africa and Europe, including the “Festival de Jazz de Montreux” in Switzerland.

In 2011, she put out her first DVD, “Live in Lugano.”

Hanitra's music is a unique, modern blend from the roots music of the different regions of Madagascar, strongly featuring vocal harmonies and local instruments like the marovany, valiha, kabosy, jejy, voatavo and lots of local percussion among the more conventional guitars and electric bass. Tarika's albums have all been notable for songs which combine stories and hard- hitting political subject matter with upbeat, accessible, danceable music.

Hanitra designs her own stage costumes, jewelry, bags, and shoes. She writes and composes all her songs and on stage, she sings, dances and plays traditional percussions from her homeland.

Outside her main work with Tarika Bé, Hanitra performs as a comedian and toured all over the Indian Ocean, France and Norway with different international theatre groups.

She is also very active in helping other women in Arts and runs workshops, shows and trains young women in all aspects of their talents. She also participated in the “Women Of Africa” collaboration with Mali’s Oumou Sangare, Cameroun’s Sally Nyolo and South Africa’s Sibongile Khumalo, creating joint work for their sell-out 1998 tour.

In 2002, she built the first Malagasy Arts Centre in Madagascar.

In 2011, she launched an effort for concerned artists of all disciplines to use their talents to celebrate nature, biodiversity and to spread messages for the protection of the environment. Her main aim is to focus on how artists and artisans from her native country can become self- sufficient and generate incomes from their talents.

MARK MOTHERSBAUGH (Composer) previously collaborated with Drew Fellman and David Douglas on the IMAX documentary “Born To Be Wild.” He has written the music for more than 70 film and television projects, including the recent box office hits “The LEGO® Movie,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and its sequel, “21 Jump Street”, and the upcoming “22 Jump Street.”

Mothersbaugh first came to prominence in the music world as lead singer and keyboard player of the progressive new wave/rock band DEVO, that released a series of highly eclectic and satirical albums, including “Are We Not Men?” and “Freedom of Choice.”

In the mid-1980s, Mothersbaugh began to write music for commercials and received a Clio Award for his work. He went on to compose music for numerous television projects, including the memorable theme song and underscore for “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.” That led to a long run of writing music for the popular children’s series“Rugrats”and the hugely successful “The Rugrats Movie.” His more recent television credits include HBO’s “Enlightened” and Showtime’s “House of Lies.”

In 1996, he met Wes Anderson and scored the filmmaker’s critically acclaimed “Bottle Rocket.” He also wrote the music for Anderson’s “Rushmore,” starring Bill Murray, and “The Royal Tenenbaums,” starring Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston and Owen Wilson. His score for “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” is one of Mothersbaugh’s most memorable, to date.

His additional film credits include “Last Vegas,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”; Catherine Hardwicke’s “Lords of Dogtown” and “Thirteen”; Joe and Anthony Russo’s “Welcome to Collinwood,” starring George Clooney; and “Happy Gilmore,” starring Adam Sandler.

Mothersbaugh’s record and song production credits include work with such artists as Vampire Weekend, Tegan and Sara, David Bowie, Cypress Hill, David Byrne, Beck, Iggy Pop, B-52s, Jacob Dylan, Cindy Lauper and A Tribe Called Quest. Further extending Mothersbaugh’s musical palate; he has also scored numerous video games, including “The Sims” and “Boom Blox.”

The recipient of BMI’s distinguished Richard Kirk Lifetime Achievement Award, Mothersbaugh continues to perform with DEVO, which has had a resurgence in recent years, playing concerts across the country, including New York’s Central Park and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

The Ohio native studied at Kent State University. A world-renowned artist, his drawings and paintings have been shown in galleries around the world.

Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Dolphin Tale”) narrates the IMAX® 3D documentary “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs. The film reunites Freeman with Drew Fellman, who also wrote and produced the 2011 IMAX 3D documentary “Born to Be Wild 3D,” and director/cinematographer David Douglas, who was the director of photography on that film.

Captured with IMAX 3D cameras, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar, where lemurs arrived millions of years ago as castaways. They’ve since evolved into hundreds of diverse species, but are now highly endangered.

“Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” highlights the tireless efforts of trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia C. Wright and her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world. Joining Douglas once again behind the scenes are editor Beth Spiegel, co-producer Diane Roberts, and composer Mark Mothersbaugh. Songs are by Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo & Tarika.


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