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March 25, 2014

Animal Protection Group Partners With Paramount Pictures

The Humane Society of the United States celebrates humane filmmaking by supporting Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming film.

The Humane Society of the United States is proud to announce a partnership with Paramount Pictures on the theatrical release of Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming film “Noah,” in theaters on March 28, 2014. Starring Russell Crowe as Noah, the film is inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope.

Visionary director Darren Aronofsky didn’t use live animals during production. Instead, he opted to use all computer-generated imagery to recreate the animals on Noah’s Ark. The treatment of exotic animal actors is a major topic of industry debate. In addition to animal welfare issues, Aronofsky tells The HSUS, “It’s just very hard to work with exotic animals.”

“We are thrilled to lend our support to Paramount and applaud Mr. Aronofsky. He made the compassionate decision to recreate one of the most celebrated stories in history without harming animals,” says Michelle Cho, Vice President of The HSUS’ Los Angeles Office. “We hope more filmmakers will follow the trend of opting for humane alternatives to exotic animal actors such as CGI and animatronics.”

In addition to acting as a promotional partner on the film, The HSUS also announced Aronofsky as the recipient of its inaugural Humane Filmmaker Award.

“NOAH,” from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises, stars Academy Award®-winner Russell Crowe in the title role in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope. Directed by visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.  Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Anthony Hopkins also star. The film was written by Darren Aronofsky & Ari Handel and produced by Scott Franklin, Darren Aronofsky, Mary Parent and Arnon Milchan.

Media contact:  Sue Blackmore,  310 440 0600, sblackmore@humanesociety.org

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