Actor Sean Astin Narrates "Sea Lions" Documentary

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Hollywood actor provides narration for nature documentary.

Rio Films, an independent nature documentary film company, has announced that Sean Astin ("Lord of the Rings") has provided his voice as the narrator of their latest project: "California Sea Lions-An Unforgettable Encounter".

"All of us at Rio Films are both thrilled and honored to have a person of Sean Astin’s stature as a part of the project," says Alan DeHerrera, executive producer and director for Rio Films. "Besides being a major Hollywood talent, Mr. Astin is well known for his support of environmental causes. Having him as the narrator will help us persuade film festivals and other venues to show the movie. We will be able to send our message about the marine ecology to larger audiences."

A documentary that centers on the life and habitat of the California sea lion, the film has already been seen at several major film festivals prior to Mr. Astin's voice over, having won the Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the Oxnard Film Festival. Mr. DeHerrera foresees the film being entered in other high visibility festivals thanks to Mr. Astin’s contribution, but is mainly enthusiastic about the potential benefit for another major undertaking.

"We want non-profit organizations and school districts to use "California Sea Lions" for environmental education and to promote awareness about marine ecology. Having Sean Astin's voice will generate greater interest in using our documentary for such communication. It's a definite plus for everyone!"

Mr. De Herrera is available for interviews and can be reached at (714) 401-8610. "California Sea Lions-An Unforgettable Encounter" is currently on national tour, aided by the generous loan of a Powerlite 8300i projector from Epson America, Inc. For more information about the national tour and other Rio Films projects, please check the company website at http://www.rioflims.com.

A full press kit is available on the homepage of the company's website.

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