SUDBURY, ON - The Science North IMAX® Theatre will be the first venue in the world to host Wonders of the Arctic 3D
- the 5th giant screen film to be produced by Science North. This visually stunning large format film is presented by Fednav and produced by Science North in association with local filmmaker David Lickley, and Giant Screen Films of Chicago, IL. The film, shot using IMAX® technology, officially opens to the public on Friday, March 7, 2014.
“We are extremely proud to host the world premiere of Wonders of the Arctic 3D during the 30th anniversary year of our science centre,” exclaims Guy Labine, Science North CEO. “Producing award-winning giant screen films is a big part of our history, and the launch of Wonders of the Arctic 3D is a great way to celebrate Science North's status as one of the leading producers of educational large format films in the world. The film also opens just in time for March Break, and offers a great new attraction for our visitors.”
“Fednav is proud to sponsor Science North's large format film, Wonders of the Arctic 3D. The movie illustrates the interest and responsibility people from all walks of life are taking on studying climate change and its effects on the Arctic and its inhabitants,” says Paul Pathy, President and Co-CEO, Fednav Ltd. “Since 2012, Fednav and the WWF have been working together to determine best practices for safe, sustainable Arctic shipping. The movie is an extension of our mission to minimize the environmental impact our industry has on nature.”
Wonders of the Arctic 3D centres on our ongoing mission to explore and come to terms with the Arctic. Compelling stories are interwoven to create a unifying message about the state of the Arctic today. Underlying all these tales is the crucial role that ice plays in the lives of the people and animals who have adapted to this land of ice and snow. The Inuit and their predecessors adapted and thrived for thousands of years in what is arguably the harshest environment on earth. Today, the Arctic is the focus of intense research. Instead of seeking to conquer the north, scientists working together with the Inuit are searching for answers to some troubling questions about the impacts of human activities on this fragile and largely uninhabited frontier.
“Historically, over half of the Arctic Ocean was covered by ice year round. In the past 50 years, that ice cover has been reduced by nearly 70%, and it is predicted that within 15 years there could be a completely ice free Arctic during some months of the year,” explains producer, director, and writer David Lickley. “This is a timely film that explores this ice world from both a human, and a natural history perspective, featuring the iconic ice dependent animals like the polar bear and the bowhead whale.”
Michael Gravelle, Ontario's Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chairman of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund said, “Our government has made investing in Northern Ontario a real priority and I'm proud that we were able to support this amazing project through the NOHFC. Certainly, Ontario's Northern film and television industry is world class and with new projects like Wonders of the Arctic 3D, the industry's reputation can only grow stronger. Congratulations to everyone involved in the making of this film!”
Through the development of Wonders of the Arctic 3D, Science North and Music & Film in Motion collaborated to create a Skill-Share Mentorship program. The initiative paired professionals from the large format film industry with mentees, and offered immersive, rewarding, learning opportunities through the use of professional equipment and hands-on participation in the production of a quality, large format film. All of this practical experience aims to build much needed skills and talent, and contribute to creating the next generation of filmmakers - thus sustaining the industry in the North over the long-term. Both the film and the Skill-Share Mentorship Program were supported by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.
“Music and Film in Motion was thrilled to partner with Science North to provide some of Northern Ontario's emerging film production talent with a truly once in a lifetime experience,” says Tammy Frick, Associate Executive Director, Cultural Industries Ontario North. “The career opportunities that mentees were able to take part in will allow them to take on larger roles in future production opportunities, as they were able to learn from a celebrated team, in a highly challenging and rewarding production setting. MFM continues to be inspired by the work of David Lickley and the Science North production team, and we look forward to their continued success.”
Wonders of the Arctic 3D is presented by Fednav, with major funding provided by Raglan Mine - A Glencore Company, and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. Financial assistance in support of Science North's 30th anniversary year is provided by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.