ADV Films Announces American Theatrical Premiere of A Tree of Palme

ADV Films announces American Theatrical premiere of A Tree of Palme

HOUSTON, January 6, 2005-- ADV Films announced today the American theatrical premiere of A Tree of Palme, which will take place at Houston's Rice Cinema starting January 14, 2005.

A Tree of Palme is a modern retelling of the classic Pinocchio story with a sc-fi/fantasy twist. The cinematic Japanese animated feature was written and directed by highly respected animator Takashi Nakamura, who first came to the attention of American fans with his work as chief animator for the cyberpunk masterpiece Akira.

Palme, a wooden puppet, has been created to care for the dying wife of his master. After her death, Palme looses his sense of purpose and ceases to function. He remains inactive until a mysterious woman, followed by a group of ruthless pursuers, arrives at the master's workshop. She is desperately seeking aid in delivering a precious package to its destination across the world. When his master is mortally wounded by the woman's pursuers, Palme agrees to aid the woman with her mission, thus taking the first step in his long and incredible journey to discover who he truly is.

John Ledford, President and C.E.O. of ADV Films, said, “We are very excited about bringing this visually exotic anime to American filmgoers. Takashi Nakamura has a long and distinguished list of anime films to his credit and we are pleased that American audiences now have a chance to see A Tree of Palme.”

A Tree of Palme will play for two weekends at the Rice Cinema located on The Rice University campus. Operating for more than 30 years, Rice Cinema has screened cult films and revivals as well as festivals and retrospectives. Founded as an integral part of the Media Center, Rice Cinema's mission has long crossed boundaries to bring people together to promote scholarly dialog and cross-cultural interaction.

“A Tree of Palme, which is our first feature to be released in 2005, is only the beginning of what promises to be a busy year for our theatrical division” remarked Steve Buck, Director of ADV's theatrical Division.

Palme will play selected theatres in major cities including Boston, San Francisco, Nashville, Hartford, Portland Oregon and Austin following the Houston engagement. Specific dates and theatres are listed on the ADV Theatrical website at

About ADV Films:

In the 12 years since its inception, ADV Films has become the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”) for the North American market and has also developed a leadership position in the UK. With best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic!, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh, ADV Films' extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe. ADV Films' library also includes popular live-action science fiction programs such as The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, the nationally syndicated Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda and the Saturn Award-nominated Mutant X.

Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., encompasses a multitude of complementary media divisions, spanning publishing, television, licensing and merchandising and continues to expand into new areas. Its Anime Network™ is America's first and only television network dedicated to bringing anime and anime-related programming to consumers nationwide via digital cable 24 hours a day. The company has two publishing arms: Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine, and ADV Manga, dedicated to publishing graphic novels. Most recently, the company formed ADV Toys, creating exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's extensive original content holdings. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit

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