MERYL STREEP (Narrator) For almost 40 years, Meryl Streep has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through film and television.

Streep was educated in the New Jersey public school system through high school, graduated cum laude from Vassar College and received her MFA with honors from Yale University in 1975. She began her professional life on the New York stage, where she quickly established her signature versatility and verve as an actor. Within three years of graduation she made her Broadway debut, won an Emmy Award, for “Holocaust,” and received her first Oscar® nomination, for “The Deerhunter.”

In 2011, in a record that is unsurpassed, she received her seventeenth Academy Award® nomination, for her role as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” For this performance, which can currently be seen in theaters, she won the Academy Award® as well as the British Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She will next be seen in “Great Hope Springs,” alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell.

Streep has pursued her interest in the environment through her work with Mothers and Others, a consumer advocacy group that she co-founded in 1989. M&O worked for ten years to promote sustainable agriculture, establish new pesticide regulations, and the availability of organic and sustainably grown local foods.

Streep serves as spokesperson for the proposed National Women’s History Museum. She also lends her efforts to Women for Women International, Women in the World Foundation and Partners in Health. She is a member of the Vassar College Board of Trustees and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has been accorded a Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute, a 2008 honor from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, The 2010 National Medal of Arts by President Obama and, in 2011, she received a Kennedy Center Honor.

Her husband, sculptor Don Gummer, and she are the parents of a son and three daughters.
GREG MacGILLIVRAY (Director) is a giant-screen documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed some of the most successful films in the IMAX® film format, including 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, multi-platform 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 (Producer) 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 (Writer/Editor) 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 films, making him the most 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

BRAD OHLUND (Director of Photography) 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 (Composer) 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.
An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, the documentary adventure “To The Arctic” tells the ultimate tale of survival. Narrated by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.

Captivating, adventurous and intimate footage brings moviegoers up close and personal with this family’s struggle to survive in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snow-bound peaks.

Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX® Filmed Entertainment present a MacGillivray Freeman Film, “To The Arctic,” a One World One Ocean presentation, directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (“The Living Sea,” “Dolphins”).  Filmed in 15/70mm IMAX ®3D, “To The Arctic” is written and edited by Stephen Judson (“Everest”), and produced by Shaun MacGillivray (“Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk”).

The musical score is by Steve Wood, with songs by Paul McCartney.

MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 35 IMAX® films to its credit. Throughout the company’s 40-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. “To The Arctic” follows in the company’s long tradition of films known for their artistry and celebration of science, and for calling attention to the natural world.


Engage your students with an unparalleled, larger than life learning experience!

IMAX movies are designed to educate and enlighten as much as they are to entertain.  They present new, relevant knowledge in a powerful, popular medium and inspire thoughtful, lively classroom discussion.

To assist you in leveraging IMAX films as a complement to your lesson plans, IMAX and Warner Bros. have created a variety of engaging and dynamic educational materials inspired by To The Arctic available for download.  These materials are a great way to enrich your students’ learning through arithmetic, creative writing, and fun activities.  Curriculum tie-ins include science, language arts, social studies, math, visualization, and more!

Book your To The Arctic field trip TODAY! IMAX field trips are easily arranged by contacting your local IMAX theatre for details on special group programs.

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Founded in 1999, BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. They also offer BrainPOP Educators, an online teacher community of more than 175,000 members, featuring free lesson plans, video tutorials, professional development tools, graphic organizers, best practices, and other resources.

Checkout the BrainPOP webinar titled “Venture into the Arctic” with To The Arctic filmmaker Shaun MacGillivray as the special guest speaker!

BrainPOP also features three animated movies: “Tundra,” “Glaciers,” and “Global Warming,” which may be used to extend learning into the classroom and beyond! Click on the link below to learn about all of the free educational resources IMAX and BrainPOP have made available for the film.
Help protect the polar bear’s home.  Polar bears depend on Arctic sea ice to survive by using the large floating platforms of ice to hunt their favorite meal, the ringed seal.  Warming temperatures are melting sea ice faster than ever before and making the tough life of a polar bear even tougher.  Today, only about 20,000 polar bears remain in the wild and their survival is in jeopardy. 

Learn more about how you and your students can help protect the polar bear’s home.













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