An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, the documentary adventure “To The Arctic” reveals a compelling tale of survival.
Narrated by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as never before captured on film, as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.
Captivating and intimate IMAX® footage brings moviegoers up-close and personal with
this family’s struggle in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls and majestic snow-bound peaks.
MacGILLIVRAY is a giant-screen documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed some of the most successful films in the IMAX® film format, including 13 the box-office hit “Everest” and the Academy Award®-nominated films “The Living Sea” and “Dolphins.” With 35 giant-screen IMAX® films to his credit, MacGillivray has shot more 70mm film than anyone in cinema history—more than two million feet. He is the first documentary filmmaker to reach the $1 billion benchmark in worldwide ticket sales.
An ardent ocean conservationist, MacGillivray and his wife Barbara recently founded the One World One Ocean Foundation, a non-profit public charity devoted to science education through giant-screen films and companion programming. The Foundation’s first initiative is the One World One Ocean campaign, MacGillivray’s most ambitious project yet: a sustained, multiplatform ocean media campaign aimed at changing the way people see and value the ocean. The campaign includes three IMAX® films, a television series, a feature documentary, and a series of original Online programming—all to be released in collaboration with MacGillivray Freeman Films over the next five years. “To The Arctic” is the first film presentation of One World One Ocean.
SHAUN MacGILLIVRAY is Producer and Managing Director of MacGillivray Freeman Films and Managing Director of the company’s One World One Ocean campaign, a multi-year, multi-platform ocean media initiative aimed at restoring the world’s oceans.
Producer of the award-winning 3D giant-screen film “Grand Canyon Adventure,” MacGillivray is also producing the company’s forthcoming films: “One World One Ocean” and Everest: Conquering Thin Air.”
The son of Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, Shaun grew up on film locations all around the world. To capture the breathtaking footage seen in “To The Arctic,” he and the crew spent more than eight months on location in the Arctic over a period of four years.
STEPHEN JUDSON has directed five films for IMAX® theatres, including, most recently “The Alps” and “Journey into Amazing Caves.” He served as a producer, director, writer and editor on the IMAX® blockbuster “Everest.” Since 1982, Judson has edited all but two of MacGillivray Freeman’s giant-screen 14 experienced editor in the giant-screen field. He has written or co-written many MFF films, including the Oscar®-nominated “Dolphins.” He also serves the company’s Vice President for Production and Post Production.
Before joining the MacGillivray Freeman team, Judson worked as a writer/director/editor in Hollywood, including long stints at ABC and Universal Studios. A graduate of Yale University with an M.A. from the USC cinema school, Judson is a member of Writer’s Guild of America, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Director of Photography
BRAD OHLUND has worked in the giant-screen industry for 25 years. His projects with MacGillivray Freeman Films include “Dolphins,” “Adventures in Wild California,” “Journey Into Amazing Caves,” “Coral Reef Adventure,” “Mystery of the Nile,” “Greece: Secrets of the Past,” “Hurricane on the Bayou,” “Grand Canyon Adventure” and “Arabia.”
After attending Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, Ohlund began his career with the classic film “To Fly!” Since then, his broad and varied assignments have included filming underwater reefs in the South Pacific and primitive tribes in New Guinea and Borneo. He has filmed from a plane through the eye of a hurricane and captured on IMAX® film the fury of an approaching tornado.
STEVE WOOD has been scoring films with Greg MacGillivray since MacGillivray’s surfing cult classic “Five Summer Stories,” in 1975. Since then, Wood has worked on more than 20 giant-screen IMAX® films, including “The Living Sea,” “To Fly!,” “The Magic of Flight,” “Everest,” “Dolphins,” “Greece: Secrets of the Past,” “Hurricane on the Bayou” “The Alps” and “Arabia,” and “Grand Canyon Adventure” with Dave Matthews Band.
He worked with Sting on both “The Living Sea” and “Dolphins,” and with George Harrison on “Everest.” Wood has been honored with six GSCA Film Achievement Awards for Best Soundtrack, which is presented by The Giant Screen Cinema Association.
The new documentary adventure To The Arctic, takes students on an extraordinary journey to the top of the world where they will experience the ultimate survival tale of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.
We are pleased to provide you with engaging educational activities as a complement to the film. Created by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Corporation, these cross-curricular activities (for grades 3-5) address not only science, but also language arts and mathematics standards.