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NGC to air “Kon-Tiki: The Incredible True Story”

The Weinstein Company-produced doc goes behind the scenes on the set of Kon-Tiki (pictured), a 2012 feature about Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 trip across the Pacific on a wooden raft.
May 1, 2013

National Geographic Channel will air a documentary about the making of Kon-Tiki (pictured), a 2012 Norwegian feature film about explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 voyage across the Pacific Ocean on a rickety wooden raft.

Produced by the Weinstein Company, Kon-Tiki: The Incredible True Story (one x 30-minutes) will air during the channel’s weekly ‘Night of Exploration’ strand on May 3 at 7 p.m. EST/PST to coincide with the film’s theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles.

Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, Kon-Tiki was shot in open waters in six countries and chronicles Heyerdahl’s trip from Peru to Polynesia in a bid to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia during pre-Columbian times.

The doc will feature behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the film’s cast and screenwriters, among others.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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