Janson Releases the David Fortney Film “Spirit Lands: An American Desert Odyssey”

by Mike Mcdonnough on January 24, 2011

in Programming Announcements

Janson Media today announced the release of the documentary film Spirit Lands: An American Desert Odyssey (1 x 52′) to worldwide Television, VOD, New Media, and Non-Theatric markets. Shot in gorgeous Hi-Definition, Spirit Lands is a production of David Fortney Productions in association with Executive Producer Stephen Janson and Janson Media. The Emmy Award-winning Fortney, whose filmography also includes Timeless: A National Parks Odyssey (1 x 52′), is highly regarded for his breathtaking achievements in cinematography, and his talent for creating ambient films — each an exquisite marriage of film and music.

Spirit Lands: An American Desert Odyssey is a visual and musical journey to some of the most spectacular, beautiful and awe-inspiring natural wonders of the American desert. David Fortney spent four years collecting imagery for this project, traveling to every desert location in America, including seven National Parks.

A variety of innovative filming techniques were used in the production of this non-narrated, visual masterpiece, including motion control, time lapse and low level aerial cinematography.  The film is accompanied by a music score featuring evocative Native American music by John Huling and R. Carlos Nakai. Also included are beautiful and inspiring texts by Native American Wisdom Keepers, with quotations and prayers celebrating our connection with the earth and the need to respect and honor her.

On this magical journey, you’ll visit the surreal and beautiful Mono Lake in California, and these national parks:

  • Arches National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park

David Fortney is an award-winning cinematographer whose footage is distributed by The Image Bank, and has been seen in hundreds of national and international televisions spots, shows and specials. He often functions as director, cinematographer and editor, combining supreme artistic skills with the technical expertise needed to develop and extend the current state-of-the-art in cinematography.

Established in 1989, Janson Media is an independent production and distribution company based in the United States, with a rights portfolio of over 1,500 hours of exclusive programming available for licensing to worldwide television, VOD, DVD/video, non-theatric, and emerging new media markets, and a publisher/ manufacturer of award-winning DVDs. The company has licensed programming to virtually every country in the world, and its clients include most major broadcasters and media companies.