March 1, 2022—The Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, Dorsey Pictures, their partners Ducks Unlimited, and Audubon, and distributor SK Films are proud to announce that Wings Over Water has been named as a finalist for the Web of Life–Long Form Award at Jackson Wild’s World Wildlife Day Film Showcase. Winners will be announced March 3.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated Andrew Young of Archipelago Films, Wings Over Water tells the compelling story of a hidden oasis in the heartland of America that provides safety and nurseries to millions of migrating birds on their way home. It features three fascinating bird families and extraordinary footage of their unique behaviors in this precious wetland habitat. Filmed over a year by three talented natural history cinematographers, one for each bird, audiences will get up close and personal with these remarkable creatures—soar beside them, watch them feed and teach their young. The film is inspiring audiences on the challenges that birds and wetlands face and the heartwarming stories of those dedicated to their preservation.

“The film was created to immerse audiences into the astounding world of North American birds and the life-giving Prairie Wetlands and to bring awareness that both are threatened. There are 3 billion less birds today than we had in 1970,” says Charles S. Potter, Jr., President and CEO of the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation. “Along with our conservation partners, Ducks Unlimited and Audubon, we want to ensure that birds and wetlands thrive again.”

Wendy MacKeigan, CEO of SK Films and the film’s screenwriter, says, “The entire team is very proud of this honor and of this film. It is ultimately an uplifting story of hope. Our wish is that millions of people get a chance to see Wings Over Water. It was only released last month, and the industry is already taking note.”

“The film is the cornerstone of a broader multi-platform and multi-national strategy to indelibly brand the unique prairie wetlands,” says Executive Producer Chris Dorsey, CEO of Dorsey Pictures. “Until people understand the vital importance of this ecosystem they cannot be counted on to save it. Indeed, this wasn’t just about making a film…it was about igniting a movement.”

The film is accompanied by an immersive educational and marketing outreach campaign with the goal of educating audiences of all ages about this unique wetland ecosystem.

Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation
Now celebrating its 60th year, McGraw is the nation’s leading advocate for economic and program efficiency in conservation. Charles S. Potter, Jr., McGraw’s president and CEO, led the film’s conception and served as one of its executive producers.

Dorsey Pictures
Dorsey Pictures, a Red Arrow Studios company led by long time entertainment industry executive Chris Dorsey, has produced well over 1,500 hours of programming, including 150-plus hours of television leading the frontier movement in Alaska-centric programming, and successful true crime series. The company, which also boasts a thriving branded entertainment division, has been consistently recognized by Realscreen Global 100 as one of America’s leading production companies.

SK Films

SK Films is an award-winning content provider and a global leader in the IMAX®/Giant Screen industry. Its mission is to entertain and inspire audiences and immerse them in the awe and wonder of the world we live in. SK works across various genres and platforms, including theatrical, television and digital media, with a special emphasis on creating high impact natural history and science related content including the most award Giant Screen film of all time, Flight of the Butterflies. For more information, please visit

Source: SK Films