Paul Wild (incumbent)
IMAX Victoria Inside the Royal BC Museum
Victoria, BC, Canada
October 2017 marks the 14th anniversary for Paul in the large format
industry. During this time and with credit towards a commitment to film
marketing and a great team of staff and management, IMAX® Victoria has
continually been a top performer in the industry posting surprising box office
numbers with second wave DMR and traditional IMAX films.
addition, Paul has implemented and maintained the most successful annual pass
program in the IMAX® world with around 19,000 to 20,000 members annually. In
2008 his projection booth team was awarded the Best Booth Award courtesy of
While essentially operating as an independent commercial theatre, Paul has also
had the benefit and experience of operating within the environment of a significant
mission based institution – the world renowned Royal British Columbia Museum.
His 20+ years of professional hotel management experience within the tourism
and hospitality field complements his approach to the large format industry. In
addition to almost 4-years serving on the GSCA Board, he has contributed to the
GSCA through a long-standing involvement on the Professional Development
Committee (now folded into the Event Planning Committee) as well as involvement
on both the Industry Development and Governance Committees.
success has been built largely upon his integrity and professionalism, with a
key to understanding the needs of the stakeholders he serves - whether they are
patrons, staff members, owners or industry colleagues.
Statement of Purpose:
- To help preserve the magnificence of the giant screen experience and to maintain the points of difference to ensure it stays the premium cinematic experience it is.
- To help develop the GSCA’s Strategic Plan with the view to make the association a leader in the industry while increasing its value to its members, and by extension, to the end users – our mutual audiences. Ultimately, to help steward the changes taking place within the industry and association to ensure the longevity, quality and profitability of the industry.
- To work together with other like-minded people while bringing to the board another perspective reflecting my past experience (both in and outside the large format industry) to complement and represent the efforts and interests of the GSCA membership as a whole.
Operations Manager, Visitor Attractions
National Naval Aviation Museum Foundation
Pensacola, Florida, US
Phillip (Phil) Crabtree started his career in the giant screen industry in 1996 when he was part of the team that opened the IMAX Naval Aviation Memorial Theater in Pensacola, Florida. Located inside the National Naval Aviation Museum, the theater was part of a $13 million expansion that helped to usher in a new wave of visitation that has since vaulted the museum to one of the most highly rated in the country and the world. In 2014, USA Today named it as one of the "10 Best Military Museums” in America,
After leaving for a brief period in the mid 2000’s, he returned to the non-profit Naval Aviation Museum Foundation to serve as operations manager for all revenue generating visitor attractions, including the IMAX Theater. Shortly after, he was named project manager for the theater’s 2016 conversion to 4K digital laser projection as well as its upgrade featuring new flooring, seating, LED lighting, ticketing and a first-ever refreshments operation. In the fall of 2016, TripAdvisor named the museum as the 14th highest rated museum of any kind in the United States.
He has experience in all facets of giant screen theater operations, including marketing, operations, film programming and project management. He has also served as a certified IMAX chief projectionist and technical operations manager.
Phil has established many long-term relationships with both individual professionals as well as organizations that serve as suppliers or exhibitors in the giant screen industry. He continues to be a champion for the format, the quality, the educational value and the attraction value of premium giant screen theaters located in institutional venues throughout the world.
Mr. Crabtree has a B.A. degree in Communication Arts/Public Relations from the University of West Florida and currently serves on both the technical and event planning committees of the GSCA.
Statement of Purpose:
It concerns me that many theaters who have converted to digital technology now feel there is not enough value to justify GSCA membership. This is the elephant in the room that must be acknowledged. The GSCA should define its next 10 years by sending a strong message to members, former members and potential members that membership and participation does indeed have VALUE and should be included in annual budgets.
I will bring representation from a seasoned, respected and successful institution, committed to the unique giant screen experience, and am proud to represent one of the 3 GSCA member institutions, as ranked by USA Today, to be included in the ten best military museums in America.
I am passionate about the future success of the GSCA, and believe that greater participation and membership will benefit all our members through a diversity of experience, and sharing of successful strategies and best practices. If elected to the board, I will place an emphasis on:
1) Championing changes that will better align the GSCA with the “new” generation of digital theaters.
2) Convincing former members to come back to GSCA, as well as recruiting new members.
3) Working to significantly increase participation in Annual Conferences, Expos and Symposiums.
4) Increasing understanding throughout the association as to what makes giant screen documentaries truly for the giant screen. Establish guidelines in an effort to ensure the production and programming of films by and for our members are truly memorable, compelling, educational, entertaining - and ultimately more successful.
We are a small, specialized industry of premium movie theaters offering special content that is not presented better anywhere or any way else. If elected to the board I will approach every task, project and committee with that very fact in mind.
Director, IMAX Theater Operations
The Tech Museum of Innovation
San Jose, California, US
Michelle Duncan is a lifelong resident of the California Bay
Area. She started in the large format film industry in 1986 at the IMAX Pictorium,
located in Santa Clara, where she had seen her first IMAX film in 1976. Beginning
as a Theater Attendant, Theater Lead, and then as a Projectionist, she would listen
to Walter Cronkite for 8 of their 12 shows a day from February to September,
often asking for additional shifts. During the theme park off season, she would
run 35mm and 70mm films at the local multiplex while going to school.
In 1990, her career moved toward more traditional Silicon
Valley offerings and over the next 15 years, Michelle worked as a Senior
Disaster Recovery Engineer for Novell, Synopsys, WebTV, and PeopleSoft, always
visiting new IMAX Theaters while on business trips. During a trip to Seattle in
1997, she visited her first IMAX Dome Theater at the Seattle Aquarium, loved
the immersiveness of the experience, and was excited to see another IMAX Dome open
in her hometown of San Jose in 1998.
19 years after threading her first IMAX GT Projector,
Michelle returned to the booth in 2005, having opted to leave the corporate
world behind, and began working at The Tech Museum’s Hackworth IMAX Dome
Theater. In roles spanning from console operator to Director, Michelle is
passionate about her team, their theater, excellence in presentation quality, and
the guest experience.
Since attending her first Giant Screen Cinema Association
Conference in 2008, she has been an active participant as a committee member,
committee co-chair, Dome advocate, volunteer, and as a two-time host location
for Dome Day activities. Mentored by the late Bob Grimm, she believes in the
power of the giant screen to educate as well entertain, and using our venues to
promote community engagement in ways only the large format can do.
Michelle resides in San Jose, California with her husband of
25 years, Terry, their two sons, and a variety of animals. After 11 years, this
is her first year as a retired band and choir mom and spends her free time
supporting German Shepherd Rescue, playing with her dogs, and trying to stay
ahead of the dog hair dust bunnies that come being loved by furry creatures. When
vacationing you can very often find her at a Disney Theme Park or on a Disney
Vice President of Visitor Services, Marketing and Communications
Museum of Discovery and Science
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
Marlene Janetos has served as Vice President of Visitor Services, Marketing and Communications at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, Florida since 2002. She directs all marketing, advertising, public relations and sales efforts in addition to overseeing IMAX and retail operations, concessions, membership, and graphics.
She leads a team that has continually increased earned revenues, now 71% of an $8.5 million operating budget. Managing this effort has allowed her to increase proficiency in budgeting, forecasting, marketing and branding. Every day is exciting - busy developing and implementing multiple marketing campaigns to promote dozens of new films, three traveling exhibits annually, a variety of public programs, and capital campaigns all while providing the best guest experience possible.
As a senior team member, she participates in strategic planning to further the museum's mission of promoting science literacy. Together, staff has accomplished expansions of the museum that doubled our exhibit space, renovated the IMAX 3D theater twice with higher quality projection and sound systems, and now they are creating an outdoor science park.
Janetos was part of the Orlando Science Center team in Orlando, Florida for almost four years, first serving as Director of Special Events and then as Director of Marketing. Responsibilities included creating and implementing stellar marketing campaigns inclusive of brand management, public relations, sales promotion, research, advertising, creative and media buying.
Janetos has experience in facility management from three venues. She started in the industry as part of the opening team of the Daytona Beach Ocean Center in 1984. In 1988, she was recruited to join the opening team of the Orlando Arena as the Director of Marketing where she was responsible for developing and implementing marketing campaigns for all five Centroplex facilities and their events. In 1996, she served as the first General Manger of the 150,000 sq. ft. Big Bear Arena & Fitness Center in Northern Michigan for two years.
Janetos has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism: Advertising/Public Relations from the University of Central Florida. She’s a graduate of the IAAM “Ogelby” Public Assembly Facility Management School and American Express Leadership Academy. She currently serves on the Promotions Committee of Visit Florida, the Member Services Committee for the international Giant Screen Cinema Association, and the American Express Global Summit Task Force Planning Committee.
Statement of Purpose:
I have been active on the GSCA Member Services Committee (formerly the Marketing and Member Services Committee) since 2010. During that time, I assisted with membership renewal outreach and served on the new member welcome team that greets first-time GSCA participants. Recently, I facilitated the production of video testimony by our Museum’s CEO on why it’s important to attend the conference. I’ve helped populate the marketing resource section of GSCA’s web site by summarizing and posting success stories from marketing awards entries. On a few occasions, I participated in the judging of GSCA marketing awards. The Museum of Discovery and Science was the 2017 award winner for Best Theater Marketing Campaign.
Over the years I’ve served as a panelist at GSCA sharing information about various resources such as Google Ad Grants and best marketing practices. Our theater has submitted data to GSCA's Theater Attendance Reporting Program (TARP) for many years. We also use the Certified Giant Screen® program in an effort to promote the giant screen film experience as the ultimate movie experience.
This year’s conference has dedicated a full day to marketing to help theaters increase their capture rates, grow overall attendance, and reenergize the giant screen market with ideas from a fresh perspective. As a board member, I would work to keep marketing a major focus of the conference and explore ways to start regional marketing workshops through the year. I also have an interest in leading an effort to work with distributors to hold webinars on how to market their new releases a few months before opening day. It’s great to hear about success stories after the fact but most theater marketing professionals would like to have this information in their tool box before they craft their campaigns for each new release.
Institutional theaters have had to replace 15/70 projection systems with various technologies; we converted to IMAX with Laser, and now the industry is far more diverse than ever before. This has created need for segmented marketing groups for laser, dome, and alternative programming to name a few. At the same time, the movie industry has witnessed continual declines in attendance, down 20% from its high 15 years ago, estimated by Box Office Mojo. It’s vital that GSCA keeps a focus on marketing. I would like to use my 20 years of marketing experience in the giant screen industry to help lead that charge.
I’ve served in many roles during my career—marketing, visitor services, communications, event and facility management. As a result, I have a unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary projects and to navigate complex challenges. I’ve been fortunate to work on teams that opened three new arenas and helped brand them. My experience could be of value in moving GSCA forward.
Senior Vice President of Operations and Visitor Experiences
Columbus, Ohio, US
Andy’s background stretches across both not-for-profit and for profit organizations. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Operations and Visitor Experiences at COSI, in Columbus, Ohio. He has been at COSI for 5+ years. Previous museum experience includes Director of Guest Operations and Retail Businesses at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) for nearly 10 years. His responsibilities at COSI include guest services and operations; Giant Screen theater/planetarium operations and management; exhibits (permanent and temporary including traveling exhibits owned by COSI); box office; call center; membership; food services and event management; facilities management; safety and security; and retail services. Andy has previously been responsible for IT, finance and HR; and Research & Evaluation. Andy also has significant experience in the areas of strategic planning, earned revenue initiatives, new business development, partner and contractor management, guest operations, contract negotiations, and project management. He also has been directly involved with exhibit development and film selection, and has managed the implementation multiple capital intensive projects.
His involvement with the giant screen industry began in the early 2000’s and his entry into GSTA was in 2002 while at MSI Chicago. He has attended multiple GSCA conferences during the past 15 years. He is currently a member of the GSCA Board of Trustees and is acting Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. He is also co-chair of GSCA’s Event Planning Committee and during this past year has co-led the task force that created and executed the first ever all day Marketing Symposium at the 2017 Chicago GSCA Conference.
In addition to the years in the not-for profit world, Andy has spent considerable time in the for profit sector in the areas of food and hospitality management where he held positions in supervisory management, sales, operations, and human resources. Those experiences provided him with the opportunities to deal with multiple types of not-for profit institutions including museums, zoos and botanical gardens.
Andy’s current role at COSI has him involved in long term strategic projects that impact not only the institution, but the local community as well. He serves on two COSI Board committees and actively participates with the COSI Board and community leaders. He is also VP of Board of the local neighborhood trade association.
Andy’s perspective and experience across multiple business entities, including for profit and not-for-profit organizations, brings a “outside the box” perspective to the GSCA Board.
Outside of work, Andy’s involvement with charitable organizations has included: community food initiatives, sustainable agriculture, preservation of natural land, and child advocacy groups, including board leadership.
When I ran for my first term two years ago, I created a statement of purpose, which after review and reflection remains basically the same now. My feelings and thoughts about this industry have not changed and I have tried, over the past two years, to be a voice in accomplishing those things that I believe are relevant to making us a better organization, and more viable as a business.
A major accomplishment of my short tenure was highlighted at the recent GSCA Conference in Chicago. The first ever all day Marketing Symposium which brought together experts in all areas of marketing to help exhibitors generate more attendance which ultimately helps all segments of our industry. As co-chair of the Event Planning Committee, I had the honor to work with a number of others including my event co-chair, GSCA staff and, our consultant partners to make this successful event happen. Our successes this past week will be a platform for GSCA to continue to think creatively and innovatively in raising the bar for our industry.
I would appreciate your support in allowing me to continue what I have started for the next two years.
Statement of Purpose:
While there are several challenges facing the Giant Screen industry, one that is particularly important to me is to continue to educate and inspire our audiences with our amazing immersive experiences, but doing it in a way that is financially sustainable for our theaters, filmmakers, distributors and all of the others engaged with us in that shared goal. Without sustainable and viable business models, in any segment of our industry, we are all at risk. We need solutions.
“Outside the box” or innovative thinking has been successful for other institutions that have faced similar challenges. Eliminating the mentality of “this is the way we have always done things”; experimenting with new ideas, building on those that work, and tossing those that don’t; and, sharing successes and failures with others, for the betterment of all, are opportunities for breakthroughs in solving our challenges.
The Giant Screen has a history in developing innovative technologies and filmmaking techniques, and continues to do so, which gives our medium a platform that nothing else can match. If we channel the same thought processes into solving the challenges with our business models, we may get closer to closing the gap between doing what we do well, educating and inspiring, and making money for all. Thinking in innovative ways is critical to the Giant Screen industry’s continued success and survival.
As co-chair of GSCA’s Event Planning Committee (which includes professional development), I can report that there is continues to be a strong interest from our members in wanting ideas to build upon, to explore, and to experiment with. Our committee has, and will continue to provide innovative and thought provoking professional development sessions that will help solve the opportunities we face.
As a member of the Board, I will continue to encourage and support innovative thinking, and promote an “outside the box” mentality. I am not a giant screen “techie”, and I do not have the longevity others may have in this industry; but what I do have is a passion for solving problems, asking questions, and bringing inventive ideas to the table.
Solving the challenges facing our industry, while protecting the Giant Screen brand, is within our reach through the same creative spirit that brought us our past successes, and I would be honored to continue to be part of future solutions.
For our organization and industry to thrive we have to be open to new and different ideas and strategies. A challenge for GSCA is for us to continue the spirit of experimentation and innovation that has created the amazing brand that we all participate in now, and together, focus on building and sustaining successful business models for all so that we can continue to be a force and influence on our communities into the future.
Head of Distribution
Mark has worked in the giant screen industry for more than twenty years and attended his first industry conference in 1998. Prior to joining the giant screen industry he worked in museum marketing and is familiar with the workings of both the museum and giant screen theatre worlds.
He has a background in film and theatre marketing and ran the marketing for a chain of IMAX theatres in Australia before moving into a Chief Executive role, overseeing all areas of theatre operations from marketing to programming. After twenty years in the exhibition side of the business Mark recently made the move into giant screen distribution and is currently Head of Distribution for December Media, producers of films such as Hidden Universe and the forthcoming The Story of Earth.
Mark has been an active member of the GSCA for many years. He has served three previous terms on the board and has been the member of several committees, in addition to participating on the panel of a number of professional development sessions.
In an ever-changing world Mark has managed the transition from film to digital at a theatre level, as well as participating as a board member through the process that saw the GSTA merge with the LFCA to create our current association the GSCA.
Statement of purpose:
It may have become a cliché, but we truly live in a world where the only constant is change. Our giant screen industry has faced some major changes in recent years and I have no doubt there are more to come. How we manage change at both a theatre level and for our association will be critical to our future health as an industry. While this prospect can be frightening, I believe the desire for audiences to be entertained by compelling stories, told in an immersive environment that cannot be duplicated anywhere else, remains as strong as ever.
I believe the GSCA is well placed to encourage and inspire film makers to continue to produce films that extoll the virtues of all the giant screen has to offer. At the same time it can support theatres manage the changes and challenges presented by the increasing number of competing demands for our audience’s attention.
Live theatre is several thousand years old and despite all the changes in technology audiences still want to see live actors perform on a stage. The same can be said about the written word. I believe compelling stories, well told, will always have an audience. Our association has a role in fostering best practice in both film making and in the way we run our theatres and as a member of the board I hope I can help GSCA find the best ways forward for all members in a changing world.
Director of Global Sales
MacGillivray Freeman Films
Laguna Beach, California, US
Patty Collins began her career in the giant screen business with IMAX Corp. in 1998 after working at MGM Studios and Orion Pictures in theatrical publicity and promotions. After working with IMAX Corp. for two years in theatrical partnerships and promotions, Patty went to work for MacGillivray Freeman Films where she spent 13 years in film development. Focused on securing investment partners and corporate sponsors, Patty worked with high-profile global brands such as Coca-Cola, Pacific Life, Porsche, Teva, Holcim, Kohler and more. In addition, Patty worked with private foundations, investment and institutional partners and non-profit groups such as World Wildlife Fund, The Waterkeeper Alliance, Audubon Nature Institute, Warner Bros. and The Campion Foundation. After a brief hiatus from the industry working at a non-profit hospital, Patty is back at MacGillivray Freeman Films in Distribution as the Director of Global Sales. A California native, Patty lives in Orange County with her husband Mike, her two daughters, Mikayla and Lily, and their rescue dog, Mateo.
Statement of Purpose:
As a 15+ year veteran of the giant screen industry, I am passionate about how our films and educational outreach programs have a powerful impact on all those we reach. I believe that seeing a giant screen film in the trusted hallways of our world’s most prestigious museums and science centers is one of the most meaningful educational experiences we can offer. The collegial spirit of our industry is what drives us to continually pursue change for the better. I am eager to work alongside my industry peers to continually strive to further the goals of our industry and organization. I believe what we have to offer people is special and meaningful, and we need to work to ensure that we maintain the highest standards of filmmaking and projection.
Mark E. Katz
Senior Vice President, Distribution & Theater Development
Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema
Greenwich, Connecticut, US
A successful distribution industry veteran for 30 years, Mark Katz is currently Senior Vice President, Distribution and Theater Development for Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema.
Prior to joining GSF/D3D Katz was President of Distribution for National Geographic Studios from 2006-2015 where he successfully built and launched one of the industry’s leading distribution companies. Prior to that, Katz was President of Distribution for nWave Pictures, from 1998 to 2005. Previously he was Vice President of Sales for Sony Pictures Classics from 1994 to 1998. He also worked for Imax Corporation from 1988-1993.
Over the course of his career, Katz has released and distributed some of the most diverse, original and successful films in the history of the industry. They include a wide array of highly acclaimed documentary, specialty, art and independent films, such as Jerusalem, Sea Monsters, The Human Body, Oceanmen, Titans of the Ice Age, Grand Canyon, U23D, Rolling Stones at the Max, Blue Planet, Titanica, Tornado Alley, Fires of Kuwait, and The Human Body, as well as the highly acclaimed feature films The First Grader, Amreeka, The Last Lions, and Restrepo, which was nominated for an Academy Award®.
Katz has served on the Board of the Giant Screen Cinema Association and is also a past Chairman.
Before entering the large-format industry, Katz worked for The Movie Network in Canada from 1986 to 1988. He also spent more than two years in the Canadian film and television production industry. Originally from Montreal and bilingual, Katz has a Bachelor of Arts in film from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and a Master of Communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Katz lives in Greenwich, Conn with his wife and three daughters.
Statement of Purpose:
My name is Mark Katz and I have been a proud and active member of the GSCA and its forerunners for almost three decades.
I have had the privilege to work for some of the greatest companies in our industry. I possess a keen understanding of the entire food chain of our industry, from content inception to creation to completion to delivery and then to the unique and incredibly special role our theaters play in bringing this outstanding content to audiences worldwide.
I was the first ever non-theater member of the GSCA board in 1999. I have served both as Chairman of the Board and as a board member for many years, across multiple terms. I have and now currently co- chair the Event Planning Committee and, this year I coproduced the highly successful and groundbreaking GSCA Marketing Symposium.
I have invested a lot of my time over these past many years because I believe in the tremendous value that the association brings to its members not only as a planner of conferences and meetings, but also as a gathering point for the industry to debate and discuss our most important issues. And, it is for reason that you should vote for me in this year’s board elections. I will bring my vast experience, unique insights, fresh but informed perspective and continuous drive,
to help make our association even better and more impactful.
Vote for my experience, vote for my commitment, vote for me.
Director, Producer, Cinematographer
Golden Gate 3D
San Francisco, California, US
Peter Chang is an award-winning director, producer, and cinematographer based in San Francisco, California. Peter is currently directing and producing the giant screen film Cuba, which is being produced in association with BBC Earth and distributed by Giant Screen Films. His cinematography for the giant screen includes Jerusalem, Panama Canal 3D, National Parks Adventure, Planet Power, and Einstein's Incredible Universe. His work is featured in breakout documentary hit California Typewriter, the landmark HBO documentary series The Weight Of The Nation and the music video for Coldplay’s “Midnight” which launched their Ghost Stories album and tour. Peter produced, directed, and shot the film San Francisco Flow for Samsung and the television series Lightscapes for Discovery. His film Deus Ex Homine was awarded Nvidia’s Best 3D Video and is featured on NBC Universal’s Best of 3D blu-ray. His work was featured in Sony’s launch of their new Bravia OLED A1E Series 4K HDR television at CES in 2017. Peter received a degree in English Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Regents Scholar.
Statement of Purpose:
I attended my first GSCA conference in 2012, around the time when I began shooting for the giant screen. The format has captured my imagination ever since my first experience in an IMAX 70mm theater as a five-year-old, awakening to the beauty and fragility of our planet. I am thrilled to now be capturing stories and images on this incredible canvas that could have a similar impact on a global generation of youth inspired to learn about, and even dedicate themselves to, our future. The hopes and challenges inherent in our industry are profound, and I believe that our future as an industry will depend heavily on innovative filmmaking, intelligent stories, and spectacular exhibition. Advancing our industry is a moral imperative. So if given the opportunity, I would work in collaboration with the GSCA to raise the profile of giant screen cinema, attract and cultivate new filmmakers and technologies, reach new audiences, and develop new strategies to grow and expand the industry.
In 2005 Taran Davies founded Cosmic Picture to produce giant screen and IMAX documentary films. Taran conceived and produced the giant screen films Jerusalem (2013) and Journey to Mecca (2009).
Distributed by National Geographic and described by the Washington Post as “awe inspiring and intimate” and the Boston Globe as “a mesmerizing vision,” Jerusalem won Best Film and Best Cinematography at the Giant Screen Association’s industry awards in 2014. Journey to Mecca was premiered on the world’s largest outdoor screen with stadium seating for 1,500 people, specially constructed for the event. The documentary is the second film to be publicly shown in Saudi Arabia since theaters were closed there in the 1970’s. Described by Total Film as ‘Wondrous to Behold’ and Sight and Sound as “something never before seen on such a breathtaking scale,” Journey to Mecca is an epic IMAX film featuring 4,500 extras and the largest animal caravan ever assembled on film since the movie Lawrence of Arabia.
Under the banner of his film company Wicklow Films, which he founded in 1994, Taran has produced, directed and written several critically acclaimed films for television and theatrical release. His first documentary, Around the Sacred Sea, told the story of his five-month horseback expedition to ride around Siberia's Lake Baikal. While on this journey, he developed a fascination with Russia, its southern borderlands, and the many cultures and religions of the region, especially Islam. Taran subsequently made documentaries about the history of Islam and the life of Muslims throughout much of the Islamic world. His next documentary, The Land Beyond the River, about his journey through Central Asia, was the first film shot entirely in Hi 8 to be broadcast nationwide by PBS in the United States.
In the mid 1990’s Taran left the world of filmmaking for Wall Street for 5 years where he worked as an investment banker with Loeb Partners, a merchant banking firm, where he arranged financing for venture capital deals in the communications, media and real estate industry. Working a block away from the World Trade Towers, he witnessed their collapse on 9/11, quit his job, shelved plans for business school, and picked up his camera again and decided to make films that might shed light on conflict, its causes and effects, in the region he knew best.
Davies’ Afghan Stories, a feature documentary, premiered less than a year later at the Venice Film Festival in September 2002, and was described by the New York Times as “invaluable” and the Anthology of Cult Movies as one of the best documentary films ever made. He then completed the documentary Mountain Men and Holy Wars, "an eye-opening look at the centuries-old roots of Russia's bloody struggle with Islamic separatists in Chechnya and Daghestan," which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His films, described by TV Guide as "Must See TV," were featured on the Sundance Channel in 2003.
Born in New York City, Davies was educated at Eton College and Harvard University. He lives in London with his wife and three children.
Statement of Purpose:
My big bang in the giant screen industry began in 2005 when I started to develop my first IMAX film Journey to Mecca. After over a decade of developing and making giant screen films and attending numerous conferences I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the industry and many of its members. I am now ready, willing and able to serve our community in a meaningful and productive manner.
Over the past several months I’ve worked to save the Johnson IMAX theater at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. While our mission might not have been successful, it was an honour (and an education!) to collaborate with many members of the giant screen community with a common purpose, and find ways to express the value of the giant screen experience to our various stakeholders: the general public, government, teachers, schools, the local community, and the museum itself. It became clear to me that there is little public appreciation or understanding of the value of the giant screen experience in a museum or science center. One of the key questions that arose in the process of trying to stop the destruction of one of the most successful theaters in our industry is how the giant screen complements the key offerings of a successful museum experience, making the sum very much greater than its parts.
I would like to serve the giant screen community by listening to all its participants and working alongside them on any effort which will help it prosper. I wish to commit myself to show how the IMAX and giant screen educational experience is relevant and uniquely valuable in our modern world so that we continue to invest in it over the coming years, rather than just expecting it to provide value. The unfortunate and premature closing of the Johnson IMAX theater is a call on all of us to redouble our efforts to revitalize our industry so it can stand proud amongst other forms of education and entertainment. I am eager to work with you and on your behalf to achieve this goal.
Thank you for your consideration, and support.
MacGillivray Freeman Films
Laguna Beach, California, US
Meghan grew up in Laguna Beach surrounded by the ocean and a film legacy. Daughter to Greg and Barbara MacGillivray, Meghan has worked at MacGillivray Freeman Films basically her entire life, even working part-time while obtaining her Masters in English at Chapman University, and attending Culinary School in Austin. She began working full time in 2010 starting in social media and research, and eventually was promoted to Production Manager in 2014. She has traveled all over in her role, and is involved in every aspect of production from start to completion. Currently, Meghan makes sure every shoot goes off without a hitch—a tricky job when Greg decides to change the location with a few weeks notice! She handled and manages all aspects of pre-production, and then goes on location to ensure that everything goes seamlessly. When not working she spends all her time with her husband, and 2 small sons.
Statement of Purpose:
Having grown up in the business my whole life, I have been exposed to my family’s passion for giant screen filmmaking and keeping the experience special. Some of my fondest memories are attending GSCA trade shows as a child, watching giant-screen films in awe of their immersive capability and that feeling to take you to exotic locations (and perhaps swiping a plush toy or keychain as well!). My parents always traveled with my brother and I when they could, because they believed that exposing us to this amazing industry was educational in its own right. I couldn't agree more. This industry is so important to me that I strive to inspire my own children to become involved, which is why I take them on location!
I am very interested in being a part of the GSCA and representing MacGillivray Freeman Films and our ongoing productions as a representative of the Board of Directors. I am also interested in encouraging younger filmmakers and producers to get involved in our industry and move it forward in a positive fashion. I am hopeful to have the opportunity to bring my ideas and enthusiasm for our industry to meetings and committees. The GSCA has been a part of my extended family for as long as I can remember, and I would be honored to be able to give back to the industry that has done so much to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers, visionaries and passionate individuals.
Writer, Producer, Director
N3D LAND Films
Pascal Vuong has a degree in architecture from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Versailles. He lives near Paris and has three children.
Mr. Vuong quickly developed a strong reputation as a director in his native France with his first short film, The Invisible Man in Blind Love. Produced entirely in CGI, it was awarded the Best Fiction Award at the annual Imagina Festival in Monaco in 1991. In 2004, he founded his own production company, N3D LAND Films, specialized in 3D documentary films.
In 2010, he released his first 3D documentary film produced for Giant Screen, Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World. This award-winning film has enchanted more than 5 million viewers in 30 countries to date.
D-DAY: Normandy 1944 is his second Large Format 3D documentary, released in 2014 for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. The film has won 6 international awards in addition to 4 GSCA Achievement Awards in Toronto.
In early 2015, he started to work on Solar Impulse Adventure intended to a worldwide general audience, especially young generations.
Statement of Purpose:
My very first step in our LF industry was in Galveston (TX, USA) in September 2006.
Attending my first GSCA Conference with hundreds of delegates from around the world, being able to see so many wonderful LF documentaries from talented directors and producers–my future colleagues and competitors–having the opportunity to meet with famous distributors and representatives from such world-renowned companies as Imax Corporation, National Geographic and MacGillivray Freeman…
It all felt to me like a professional rebirth.
As a first timer, I'll never forget those first moments. Organized by the GSCA – the newborn offspring of the "just-married" LFCA and GSTA, I attended the special party for beginners like me. Encouraged by Andy Gellis, I had my first contact and discussions with some kind individuals who I still consider my godmothers and godfathers today.
Of course, at that time, as I was preparing to show my first clip in 15/70mm 3D devoted to Mesozoic marine reptiles, I could not even have dreamed of running for the GSCA Board of Directors a decade later.
In 2010, after 4 years of arduous work to find funding, to write the script, to make the film with numerous CGI elements (already in 4K) and a colossal post production in 3D, my production company, N3D LAND, released its first 3D documentary produced specifically for Giant Screens: Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World
Despite a few mistakes as a first-time LF film director, I think that Sea Rex truly helped renew this kind of paleontology film, using CGI and animation as a perfect way “to make education cool!” As a result, this award-winning film has captivated more than 5 million viewers in 30 countries to date.
My second Large Format 3D documentary, D-DAY: Normandy 1944, was released in 2014 in North America, just a few weeks before the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Again, due to a “special cocktail” of various cinematographic techniques, including sand animation, this film brought to the industry a new way of explaining History to general audiences, particularly the younger generations. The film has already won 6 international prizes in addition to the 4 GSCA Achievement Awards it received in Toronto last year.
Nine years after taking my first steps as a GSCA member, and while production on Solar Impulse Adventure is taking off, I feel that I'm now experienced enough and skilled enough as a LF film producer and director to bring to “our” GSCA my expertise, my own point of view regarding our industry, my contribution in respect to the new challenges we have to face and, finally, to give my ideas on solutions we must urgently find together in order to maintain our LF Documentary industry alive and prosperous.
That’s why I’m submitting my candidacy today for a seat on the GSCA Board of Directors (Production Category, of course).
Manufacturers/Suppliers/Other Related Businesses
Director of Location Based Entertainment, Americas
Canyon Lake, California, US
Bryan has been with Christie for over 14 years and has worked at digital projection manufactures for over 18 years. Bryan has an extensive background in systems integration as he began his career working as a project manager for broadcast television post-production and broadcasting facilities. He has a diverse background in Audio Visual systems support and has had many roles during his more than 27-year career. Working on projects in the past with firms like Warner Bros., Disney, Universal Studios and others has given Bryan a well-rounded insight into the world of theme entertainment. Bryan uses this knowledge and relationships to help Christie understand the specific needs of the themed entertainment industry and to help customers create and share the world’s best visual experiences. Bryan has been most recently been involved in Christie’s latest product offering of digital 4K-resolution projection as it relates to theme entertainment and other location based entertainment installations. Today, Bryan has pushed to develop a Giant Screen Dome solution that meets the needs of the new Experience Entertainment audiences of the future. I look forward to continuing to serve and support the GSCA.
Statement of Purpose:
I believe I could serve as a GSCA Board of Directors as a Manufacture/ Supplier/Related Business member well with my knowledge of New Digital Projection solutions including the first commercially accepted Laser Projector in the GSCA market. (Moody Gardens, Installing in Nov 2014) I am currently involved in the first Laser Projection Systems being installed in a Dome. The well-known facility that will be open in Late November 2015 in North America will be a show place for the current laser technology in this type of venue and will also be the first with HDR laser projection when it is ready in 2018. We are currently designing many locations around the world to be retrofitted with Laser technology. I can provide guidance in the current directions of industry projections technology solution as well as other parts of the entire new generation of solutions for Large Format projection that are on the near horizon. My position at Christie provides me senior management contact with many suppliers of solutions that will move the GSCA forward to offering a distinctive experiences beyond any seen in movie theatres today and in the future. I believe a position on the Board would allow me to also understand the unique needs of the Association and help further its goals to serve the members as a conduit to the manufacturing leaders to design products with the membership needs in mind. I would put them in the best position to be the Unique Experience Providers they have always been in the past and want to be in the future. I have grown to have a passion for this unique experience as I have had for theme entertainment attraction for 20 years. I would dedicate myself to move the organization forward and promote is values to all I encounter and I would represent the group to all who would be interested in being added to your ranks.
Giant Screen Cinema Consulting
Seattle, Washington, US
I grew up in Berkeley, California and attended the University of California at Berkeley earning a Bachelors of Science degree in zoology and a Masters in Public Health. My science center career started at the Lawrence Hall of Science which is part of the U.C. Berkeley campus. I left Berkeley for a position at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. In July 2017 I launched Giant Screen Cinema Consulting providing services to filmmakers, producers, distributors and exhibitors. I will utilize my professional career experience in public programming, marketing, guest services and theater operations in my new venture.
It was To Fly! that ignited my interest in the giant screen. I experienced it Pacific Science Center’s original Eames IMAX® Theater installed in 1979. The Science Center now has two IMAX® theaters. I was the project manager for both of the recent renovations. The original theater now has an IMAX® xenon digital system and an IMAX ® film projector on a rail system. The Boeing IMAX ® Theater has been fully renovated with the third IMAX with laser system ever installed.
I have been actively involved in many aspects of the industry from advising on film projects, for multiple production companies, to consulting on theater operations and marketing, to visiting on location shooting sites for IMAX productions. My education has included visiting over 100 IMAX theaters on four continents. I have an interest and curiosity about the industry that has led me to learn about a wide range of related activities from cameras to theater construction.
Within the GSCA and its predecessors I have been active on a variety of committees including membership, marketing and professional development. I am currently serve on the board and the Governance and Events Committees. My contributions to the annual conference programming include: the Giant Screen 101 Workshop and Great Marketing Ideas.
I am honored, to have been recognized, in 2012 by an IMAX Founders Award and in 2013 with a Big Shoe award. Equally important recognition has come by way of the wonderful relationships that I have made worldwide with colleagues in the field.
Statement of Purpose:
I am seeking a seat on the Board of Directors for the GSCA because I have a passion for the industry and I want to contribute to its continuation and growth. I have deep experience as an exhibitor of Giant Screen films from my role as the VP of Theaters and Emerging Media at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA. I left the Science Center on June 30 and launched Giant Screen Cinema Consulting on July 1, 2017. I am excited to be assisting theaters, producers and distributors in the development of our field. My experience includes film programming, integrating film content across other units in a museum setting, working with filmmakers on films and with distributors on marketing.
I am a champion of the giant screen experience for its educational and entertainment value. I have served in many roles in the GSCA from being a mentor to developing the highly regarded Giant Screen 101 workshop. I am currently serving as a member of the board and governance and events committees. I am grateful to have been honored with a MAC Gold Theater Launch award in 1999, an IMAX Founder’s Award in 2012 and The Big Shoe Award in 2013.
True to the association’s name, the Giant Screen should be the primary focus of the organization. Those facilities that have invested in a giant screen have made a significant commitment to a very special and immersive experience. GSCA should support the exhibitors and producers of the Giant Screen experience for 2D/3D flat screens and domes that meet the GSCA Giant Screen criteria. At the same time, we should welcome all interested individuals and businesses to join as members and to participate in the association’s programs irrespective of their screen size or image capture tools.
The GSCA should assist all sectors of the industry to be more successful through a variety of initiatives including the collection and dissemination of data, professional development, networking, and the presentation of films and works in progress/development. The association should also be the organization that brings forward new innovations in technology to its members. The association should reach out to work with other related organizations worldwide and continue to welcome international participation to nurture the growth of the industry from filmmaking to exhibition. It is a time of dynamic change but it is also a time of great opportunity. I truly enjoy working with our members and would welcome another term on the Board of Directors for it is an opportunity to give back to the community that has been so generous to me.
Marketing and Creative Director
Evans & Sutherland
Salt Lake City, Utah, US
Michael is an award-winning writer, producer, and director for immersive media, theatrical productions, music videos, live concert videos, commercials, documentaries, corporate videos, and trade show presentations. He has a BA in Media Communications with a video/film emphasis from Webster University, where he also served as an adjunct professor. He is currently the Marketing and Creative Director for Evans & Sutherland (E&S).
From 1999 to 2016, he also served as E&S’ Director or Show Production / Marketing, developing a library of over twenty shows for the digital fulldome community. He created the world’s first digital fulldome film for SIGGRAPH ’99 in Los Angeles. He also helped create the world's first digital fulldome transfer of a giant screen film, Africa the Serengeti in 2007. Because of this groundbreaking first step, there are now over 50 giant screen films that have been converted to digital fulldome.
Also since 2007 he has been an active member of the GSCA, serving on the GSCA Board and as the co-chair of the Technical Committee. He has previously served as the co-chair of the Member Services Committee and has served on the Event Planning and Professional Development Committees. He also produced the first two 8K Digital Dome Demos for GSCA and co-produced last year’s True8K event with members of the Technical Committee.
In addition to serving on the GSCA Board, Michael is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America, a founding member of the Association of Fulldome Innovators, a member of the Telly Awards’ Silver Council, a member of ASIFA-Hollywood International Animated Film Society, and a board member/director of IMERSA.org, the Immersive Media Entertainment, Research, Science and Arts organization dedicated to raising the visibility of immersive media across a variety of disciplines throughout the world.
Statement of Purpose:
As one of the pioneers of the fulldome medium, I am passionate about giant screen cinema, both flat screen and dome formats, because of its unique ability to immerse audiences and virtually transport them to locations they have never seen or could never visit. This immersion is very powerful, yet deeply intimate at the same time. In this ever-changing digital landscape in which 15/70 film projection and capture is going away at an increasing pace, I believe it is critical to develop ways that we can preserve the technical quality of the film experience while embracing the significant benefits that digital technology offers.
In my 19 years at Evans & Sutherland, I have worked as an immersive media writer, producer, and director; have led the marketing group; have established our show distribution business; and have opened a pathway for giant screen films to be displayed in digital fulldome. During my time on the GSCA board and as co-chair of the GSCA Technical Committee, we have delivered an important update to the Digital Immersive Giant Screen Specifications (DIGSS) to help theaters understand the technical impact and the quality benchmarks of the conversion from film to digital. This year, the GSCA Technical Committee is presenting a new GSCA-supported demonstration called Save Our Aspect Ratio (SOAR) to demonstrate how 4:3 digital content can be captured with today’s 8K digital video cameras.
Through my 10-year involvement with the GSCA, and with the help of Rick Gordon, Edwin Escalante, Andrew Oran, Phil Streather, Martin Howe, Christian Fry and others, our team produced several sessions for the GSCA conferences, including the 8K and True8K Digital Dome Demos in 2014, 2015, and 2016, to show the amazing potential of blended multi-projector, ultra-high resolution digital dome display systems. Also, this year I am producing the GSCA-sponsored 8K digital dome demo in St. Louis, and the E&S and GSCA-sponsored ASTC Planetarium/Big Screen Day featuring an 8K digital dome system at The Tech Museum of Innovation.
It would be an honor to be re-elected to the GSCA Board to continue to serve our community as we move fully into our digital future. As a returning board member, I would focus on 1) helping explain and demonstrate the latest relevant digital technologies that will help keep the giant screen experience uniquely immersive as the digital conversion steps into high gear; 2) developing more opportunities for delegates to experience the latest digital technology for filmmaking and exhibition firsthand; and 3) building a bridge between existing film dome theaters and digital fulldome theaters to deepen the synergy between the two groups and help keep licensing models strong and encourage even more effective marketing to audiences in our members’ theaters.
I believe that my experience as a producer, vendor, educator, and distributor give me unique insights into the giant screen business and as a returning GSCA board member, I would be honored to continue to devote my efforts to contribute to its bright future.
Thanks for your consideration.
Chief Quality Guru
Los Angeles, California, US
Patricia Keighley is co-founder (1972) of IMAX POST/DKP Inc., an IMAX subsidiary since 1988. Based in Los Angeles, CA, the company has been involved in the large format post-production of 450+ films released in film, digital and, now, IMAX with laser projection theatres worldwide, over the past four decades.
Keighley served as Secretary of the Giant Screen Cinema Association Board for seven consecutive years along with multiple years chairing the Conference Committee. She is perhaps best known for hosting GSCA’s bi-annual Films in Production and Projects in Development sessions.
Keighley served as Sections Vice President, of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), as well as serving four years as SMPTE’s Hollywood Region Governor and two terms as Chair of the Society’s 1000+-member Hollywood section.
Keighley is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, SMPTE, the BKSTS, the American Society of Cinematographers Technology Committee, the Hollywood Post Alliance, and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Keighley holds a BA in Psychology (McMaster University), a M.Ed. (University of Toronto) and Directors Education Certification from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
Statement of Purpose:
I have a keen interest in returning to serve on the GSCA Board.
I would like to share my decades-long, specialized large format experience, industry-wide involvement with emerging technologies, and deep understanding of the large format industry.
I am dedicated to keeping GSCA vibrant and relevant through my ongoing participation in several industry associations and collaboration with colleagues around the world.
It is important to me to keep up to date with the latest technology developments, learning how to blend the best of those technologies with more traditional large format techniques for the optimal on-screen experience.
Following many years as a GSCA Board member, in 2013, I completed the intensive Directors Education and Certification program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. I believe this additional training, focusing on current responsibilities of Board directors and officers, will be valuable to the GSCA Board as we continue to face the industry’s challenges to profitably maintain and attract new audiences with a strengthened value proposition.
I welcome your suggestions at any time and look forward to the opportunity to represent you by serving on the GSCA Board.
Vice President, Distribution and Business Development
Giant Screen Films/D3D Cinema
Evanston, Illinois, US
Derek is a 21-year veteran of the giant-screen film industry. He began his career in theater operations, managing international institutional joint-ventures for SimEx at venues like the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Canadian Museum of History), the Science Museum in London and the Singapore Science Centre. He launched the Simons IMAX Theatre at Boston’s New England Aquarium in 2001 as Theatre Director for IMAX Corporation, managing all theatre business, marketing and operations under contract and building the theatre into one of the top-attended theatres in the country. In 2006, he joined National Geographic Cinema Ventures, to oversee film marketing and outreach activities for the launches of films like Lions 3D: Roar of the Kalahari, Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, and U2 3D. Subsequently, Derek served as a theater, attractions and film development consultant for clients including Smithsonian Enterprises, the National Museum of American History, 3D Entertainment, and the Montreal Science Centre. In his current role as Vice President, Distribution and Business Development for Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema, he is responsible for distribution throughout North America as well as heading up D3D’s global giant screen business.
Statement of Purpose:
As a founding member of the GSCA and an active member of association committees, Derek has long been dedicated to the mission of the GSCA to foster the growth and health of the giant-screen industry. With an extensive background in exhibitor, distributor/producer and supplier roles within the GS world, he seeks to lend his experience and efforts to increasing the value of the organization to its members, and broadening the membership base across all business categories.