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GSTA Gives Special Achievement Award to David Keighley


Written by: Giant Screen Theater Association (GSTA)
Date: October 12, 2001


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David Keighley Honored at GSTA® 2001 Conference

Oct. 12, 2001, ST. PAUL, MINN. – David Keighley, one of the technical pioneers of the large-screen format, was presented the Special Achievement in Film award Sept. 22 at the Giant Screen Theater Association®’s (GSTA) 2001 International Conference and Tradeshow in Chicago—the first time the award has been given.

Keighley, President of DKP 70 MM, Inc. based in Los Angeles and Toronto, is a leader in the field of image quality assurance and laboratory post-production. The award was presented to him for his outstanding contributions to the giant-screen industry and his life-long devotion to the format.

"When you think back through the history of…the large-format film business, it’s hard to imagine anyone who has had more of an impact than David Keighley," said Rich Gelfond, Co-CEO of IMAX® Corporation. "He has set the standard for the quality of …prints as a post-production consultant."

Keighley’s passion for large format has impressed filmmakers around the world, including Greg MacGillivray, Producer, Director and Cinematographer, who hired him nearly 25 years ago to create the first duplicate negative for a large-format film. MacGillivray and many others in the business have entrusted Keighley with confidence with their negatives when a second take was not a possibility. Keighley has even taken the Hollywood show print standard and has made it into the standard for each large-format print he makes.

"David is a person whose heart is completely involved in trying to make this medium work and work well," said Graeme Ferguson, Co-founder of IMAX Corporation. "There is no better person to receive that award."

Setting that standard for quality, Keighley has also been recognized by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, who awarded him the Herbert T. Kalmus medal for his contributions to color motion pictures. Today, Keighley remains one of the champions of the large-screen format and works with the Eastman Kodak Company to improve large-format film elements.

The Giant Screen Theater Association (GSTA) is a nonprofit association dedicated to life-long learning and worldwide growth of the large format film industry by supporting the developers and presenters of giant screen film experiences. Founded in 1977, GSTA is the oldest and largest international association serving the large format film industry with 360 member companies consisting of theater, developing theater, and associate members. The goal of GSTA is to be the global forum for producers, operators and suppliers of the large format film industry and to foster its growth and development in both the educational and commercial sectors. GSTA headquarters is located in St. Paul, MN, USA.

For more information on GSTA or David Keighley and DKP 70 MM, Inc., call Mary Ann Henker, Executive Director, GSTA, (651) 292-9884 or email her at

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