Local elders featured in Imax movie

Elders discuss heritage in 'Sacred Planet'

Posted: Friday, November 29, 2002

Local Tlingits will be featured in a new Imax movie called "Sacred Planet."

The super-widescreen film is part of the multi-media Sacred Planet Project, partly sponsored by Disney, which includes environmental advertising, educational initiatives and a television program.

Based in Nelson, British Columbia, the Sacred Planet film crews have traveled the globe shooting footage of remote places and the people who live there, according to Tai Scott, the project's production coordinator.

"We are filming in remote locations to try to capture the pristine wilderness that is left in the world and the indigenous people," Scott said.

Sacred Planet locations include remote places in the United States and Canada as well as in New Zealand, Namibia, and North Thailand.

The film will be released on Earth Day (April 22) 2003, according to Scott.

Local Tlingit elder Cy Peck Jr. narrated parts of the Alaska segment and interviewed other elders.

"They wanted people in a canoe and someone carving a totem pole," Peck said. "I think it is going to be a good format where elders are talking over the scenery about how the wilderness is part of their heritage."

Peck has experience with other films, such as the Steven Seagal movie "On Deadly Ground." That was the reason the Sacred Planet Project sought him out, he said.

Peck's brother, Ray Peck of Angoon, was filmed for "Sacred Planet" carving a totem pole.

"It was just kind of set up way the heck out the road there," Ray Peck said. "I just stood there and looked busy. ... It was warm and I was wearing regalia and there was a lot of mosquitos."

The film's conservation-oriented themes will address overpopulation, depletion of natural resources, global warming and over-consumption by individuals, according to Sacred Planet press materials.

Find out more about the Sacred Planet Project on the Internet: www.sacredplanet.com.

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