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May 24, 2021—We celebrate the life and legacy of Graeme Ferguson, IMAX co-founder, iconic filmmaker, and visionary behind the film format that has thrilled and inspired millions of people around the world, including all of us in the giant screen industry. Not only an innovator, but generous, humble, and kind, the industry has lost a legend and a friend. Here, some of his friends and colleagues share their memories and express their gratitude.
May 10, 2021—It is with profound sadness we share that IMAX co-founder and iconic
filmmaker Ivan Graeme Ferguson, 91, died from cancer on May 8, 2021, at
Norway Point, his home at Lake of Bays, Ontario, just eight weeks after the death of his beloved wife, Phyllis.
His final days of palliative care at home were overseen by his
daughter, Allison. His son, Munro, and his grandchildren played an
important part in Graeme’s last weeks, which ended surrounded by love,
so peacefully, after an extraordinary life. A private cremation will
take place locally, and Graeme and Phyllis will be interred at St.
Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery in Thunder Bay at a later date.
March 29, 2021—Our sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of filmmaker and IMAX pioneer Phyllis Ferguson, who passed away on March 12. Phyllis was the beloved wife and creative partner of IMAX co-founder Graeme Ferguson. Graeme, Phyllis and Toni Myers led the IMAX Space Team in its pioneering achievement in chronicling the space shuttle era. Her IMAX credits include Hail Columbia!
, The Dream is Alive
, Blue Planet
and Destiny in Space
. "To me she was the glue that held the IMAX Space Team and the NASA 'extended family' together," says Bill Readdy, former astronaut and associate administrator of NASA's Space Flight office. Read more about her remarkable life and brilliant career here: https://legcy.co/2PFLRf3
January 10, 2020—“Strange structures have been erupting in different parts of
the world. These may be the cinemas of the future.” This 1991 episode of The
Nature of Things
, a Canadian television series, documents the
history of IMAX and includes fascinating interviews with Graeme Ferguson, Robert
Kerr, Bill Shaw, and Roman Kroitor. Watch the episode here
September 30, 2016—The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is very pleased to announce that renowned filmmaker and IMAX co-inventor and co-founder Graeme Ferguson is the recipient of its inaugural Outstanding Achievement Award. Mr. Ferguson will accept the award at the GSCA Achievement Awards on the evening of Tuesday, October 4, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.