Icarus Films acquires GRINGO TRAILS, Hard-hitting Documentary on the Cultural and Environmental Impacts of Global Tourism
Sold Out Premiere at American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Film Festival this Saturday, Oct 19, 8:30 p.m. 
Interviews, preview screeners, limited tickets available for covering journalists and film programmers.

October 15, 2013, New York: Today, Icarus Films announced its acquisition of all North American distribution rights to GRINGO TRAILS directed by anthropologist Pegi Vail, Associate Director of the Center of Media, Culture and History at New York University. The deal was signed by Jonathan Miller, president of Icarus Films for North American rights including non-theatrical, theatrical, home video and digital markets.

The film is a strong addition to Icarus Films' extensive collections of documentaries on
Anthropology and Cultural AnthropologyEnvironmental Studies, GlobalizationSustainability, and Urban Studies. It is currently available for engagements including film festivals and theatrical and non-theatrical/educational bookings.

GRINGO TRAILS will premiere this Saturday, October 19 at 8:30 p.m. at the
American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Film Festival. The screening is sold out, however limited tickets are available for covering journalists and film programmers.  

GRINGO TRAILS is a feature­‐length documentary that raises urgent questions about one of the most powerful globalizing forces of our time: tourism. The film follows stories along the well-worn western travelers' route--the 'gringo trail', through South America and beyond to Africa and Asia, revealing the complex relationships between colliding cultures: host countries hungry for financial security and the tourists who provide it in their quest for authentic experiences. "We travel, initially, to lose ourselves," says travel writer Pico Iyer; "and we travel, next, to find ourselves." We travel for escape and for encounter, to challenge our assumptions and our limits, and to expand our visions of the possible. As dramatically as travelers are altered by new landscapes, values and belief systems, they also unavoidably alter the people and places they visit. Are tourists destroying the planet--or saving it? How do travelers change the remote places they visit, and how are they changed? From the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand, and from the deserts of Timbuktu, Mali to the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, GRINGO TRAILS shows the dramatic long-­‐term impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment, tracing some stories over 30 years.
“In GRINGO TRAILS, Vail travels around the world to show how travelers are affected by the romance of packaged travel stories in the media as well as through word of mouth. Adventure becomes a commodity. ...How were these places "discovered," and how did they change as a result? What effect does the influx of tourists—the kind who insist they are not tourists—have on the environment and on the people? Are these travelers even aware that they leave their fingerprints all over the economy, the culture and the ecosystem of the places they visit?” —Pam Mandel, AOL Gadling

For screeners, interviews and to bring this film to your audience, contact: Livia Bloom, Director of Business Development and Exhibition
livia[at]icarusfilms[dot]com / (718) 488-8900

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