via press release:
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL TO PREMIERE
BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT
OSCAR®-NOMINATED FILM KON-TIKI
FROM THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
Half-Hour Documentary Goes Behind the Scenes of
New Film That Brings to Life One of the Most Daring and
Dramatic Sea Explorations of Our Time
KON-TIKI: The Incredible True Story
Hosted by EXTRA’s Maria Menounos
Premieres This Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. ET/PT
During Night of Exploration on National Geographic Channel
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 30, 2013) National Geographic Channel (NGC) announced today the world premiere of KON-TIKI: The Incredible True Story, a 30-minute documentary from The Weinstein Company on the making of KON-TIKI, the Oscar®-nominated foreign language film on legendary Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947. (For more information, go to ngcpr.com and Twitter at @NGC_PR.)
Hosted on camera by EXTRA’s Maria Menounos, KON-TIKI: The Incredible True Story will premiere during NGC’s “Night of Exploration” this Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on the heels of the film’s limited theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles on April 26, where it netted the top per-screen average of the weekend.
The documentary will go behind-the-scenes of the epic film that brings to life one of the most daring and dramatic sea explorations of our time — lauded as an “epic of awesome achievement” by the New York Observer and “a rip-roaring trip” by the New York Post. The film is directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, written by Petter Skavlan and stars Pål Hagen.
Shot in open waters in six countries, KON-TIKI tells the incredible true story of Heyerdahl’s expedition from Peru to Polynesia on a primitive balsa wood raft in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. The journey changed the way we understand cultural migration today.
KON-TIKI: The Incredible True Story includes interviews with Hagen, Sandberg and Skavlan, among others. On the expedition, Rønning says, “Everybody believed that they were going to die out there.” Adds Skavlan about Heyerdal, “A man who has such great inner power that he can talk men into joining him on a raft across the Pacific — you wanna make a film about that man.”
NGC’s “Night of Exploration” celebrates the mavericks and pioneers who dare to delve into strange lands and fascinating cultures, making groundbreaking discoveries that make a difference. A weekly tribute that airs every Friday, NGC captures the stories from the most evocative and unforgettable expeditions.
For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.