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is with profound sadness that we share the news that illustrious
producer, distributor, industry leader, and GSCA board member Jonathan
Barker passed away, surrounded by family and friends, the morning of
July 5 from cancer. Jonathan
was the CEO of SK Films, which he founded 20 years ago with his wife
Wendy MacKeigan and Bob Kerr, co-founder of IMAX Corporation. Under his
leadership, SK established a presence as one of the stalwarts of the
industry, recognized with multiple GSCA awards.
June 18, 2018—Turtle Odyssey, a Definition Films production, will be narrated by Russell Crowe and released by SK Films this summer in select museums, science centers and IMAX® theaters worldwide. Turtle Odyssey tells the heartwarming story of one tiny sea turtle’s big adventure. Based in Australia, Crowe maintains a close association with Australia Zoo in the conservation and protection of sea turtles, creating a perfect synergy between the voice and messaging of this landmark film.
February 12, 2018—SK Films is thrilled to announce that Amazon Adventure won the highly prestigious Best 3D Documentary Motion Picture Lumiere Award at Hollywood’s Advanced Imaging Society awards presentation in Los Angeles. The Lumiere awards honour outstanding international achievement in the creation of immersive storytelling using advanced visual technologies.
May 2, 2017—Variety doesn't often review giant screen films, but film critic Peter Debruge calls Amazon Adventure "spectacular" and a "triumph" and says, "Slee’s film boasts such a high level of writing, acting, and overall production polish that youngsters may be fooled into thinking they’re watching a mindless blockbuster, when in fact, they’ve actually been fooled into thinking." Read the full Amazon Adventure review in Variety here.
April 27, 2017—Sean B. Carroll, an evolutionary biologist and executive producer of the new film Amazon Adventure, tells Smithsonian Magazine how he shaped a compelling visual narrative for viewers while sticking close to the scientific facts.
April 27, 2017—SK Films, an award-winning producer and distributor of natural history entertainment, and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, the acclaimed film production unit of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, launched the IMAX/Giant Screen film Amazon Adventure on April 18, 2017, at the world premiere event at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
November 11, 2016—SK Films (SK) is proud to be named as the 2016 recipient of the Nature Inspiration Awards for Best Canadian Business. This prestigious award was presented to CEO, Jonathan Barker and Executive Vice-President, Wendy MacKeigan in Ottawa on November 9 for their excellence in natural history programming and for the supporting multi-platform educational outreach campaigns, with a specific focus on local engagement.
June 14, 2016—SK Films is pleased to announce that its next giant screen film Amazon Adventure has begun principal photography. This tri-lateral co-production (Canada-UK-Brazil) is being filmed in the Brazilian Amazon and in England
. SK Films is the worldwide distributor of the film, which is slated for release in April, 2017.