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Mysteries of the Great Lakes

Alternate Title(s): Formerly Wonders of the Great Lakes

bigImage MYSTERIES OF THE GREAT LAKES is a timely film. All across the Great Lakes basin, there is a renewed interest in the health of the Lakes, and an increased awareness of the importance of this fresh water resource to the social and economic vitality of North America. Dubbed ‘inland seas’ by early European explorers, the Great Lakes have some of the most spectacular wilderness scenery on earth, and a fifth of all the planet’s fresh water. Today, 25% of all Canadians, and 10% of Americans live on the Great Lakes. In addition, one in every three Canadians and one in every seven Americans rely on the Great Lakes for their fresh water.

Through several interlocking stories, including the story of maritime commerce and the ships that move cargo through the inland waterway, MYSTERIES OF THE GREAT LAKES will take you on a journey through the greatest lake system in the world, and showcase the amazing geography, ecology, science, and history of the region through the most powerful film medium in the world -- IMAX.

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Presented by Fednav. Sponsored by Unilever. Major funding provided by Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. Produced and Distributed by Science North. Director/Producer: David Lickley. Director of Photography: Jack Tankard. Executive Producer: Jim Marchbank. Line Producer/Editor: James Lahti. Writer: Stephen Low. Biologist: Ron Bruch. Featuring the Music of Gordon Lightfoot. Narrator: Gordon Pinsent.

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Mysteries of the Great Lakes By Ross Anthony

Mysteries of the Great Lakes By Ann Coates

Outside Reviews:

"Mysteries of the Great Lakes; A new IMAX film examines both pollution and progress" By Bill O'Driscoll, Pittsburgh City Paper

"Mysteries of the Great Lakes" By M. Schaus, Eastern Surfing Association

"How great are our lakes" By Floyd Lawrence, Erie Times-News

"'Mysteries of the Great Lakes' filled with wondrous, rugged beauty" By John Serba, The Grand Rapids Press

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Rating: Excellent
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MOTGL Testimonials From Theatres: “The response to Mysteries of the Great Lakes has been great. We’ve received very positive feedback from members, educators and the public about the importance of the film and about things they learned from the film.” -- Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario "We have had an excellent response to Mysteries of the Great Lakes. Visitors of all ages enjoy the film immensely and really appreciate the portions of the film that deal directly with Presque Isle and the city of Erie. It makes the movie environment really 'real' for our visitors and brings the entire experience home." -- Holly Best, Assistant Park Manager, Presque Isle State Park, Pennsylvania “We opened MOTGL March 20th as part of a water conservation film series and over the first few months of the release, it has exceeded average attendance in each showing. We look forward to its continued success at the IMAX Theater through the fall.” – Dan Kowal, World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater “…when I saw this film I could not believe the things I was seeing and learning. Like 90 % of the things I heard in this film I had never know before about the Great Lakes… “ ----Mike Day, Science Museum of Minnesota “Mysteries of the Great Lakes is the perfect educational large-format film. It offers fun and engaging learning opportunities for the young and old. We have high expectations for this film!” --Sarah Mitchell, Theater Manager, Canadian Museum of Civilization From Others: "Mysteries of the Great Lakes is a fascinating and surprisingly poignant portrait of life on the Great Lakes. You should not miss it. 3.5 stars out of 4" - Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press “Mysteries of the Great Lakes is educational in the most accessible of ways… There’s a great sense of warmth and patriotism that emerges here without resorting to cliché.” (National Post) “As a stakeholder in the Great Lakes system, we recognize the importance of this shared resource and so were pleased to participate in the production of the IMAX film, Mysteries of the Great Lakes. The film brings together the environmental, social and economic elements of this vast resource, and underscores its importance to North America. We believe it will serve as an education tool for knowledge-seekers of all ages.” – Richard J. Corfe, President & C.E.O., The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation “The Great Lakes are vital to Ontario and Canada’s natural environment, prosperity and way of life. This remarkable film demonstrates our essential connection to this magnificent ecosystem and our shared responsibility to ensure it remains healthy and sustainable for future generations.” -- The Honourable Tony Clement, Federal Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario “Watching this movie is a fantastic way to learn about the history and the future of our Northern lands and water. You find out both what abuse of, and care for, our environment does. You cannot help but get emotional about the love and dedication of the people who work so hard and are successful in saving the real treasures of "our" Great Lakes. ….”–Anke and Tony Teklenburg, Sudbury, Ontario “Very moving and encouraging; thought provoking; simply outstanding; hopefully this will go to other IMAX theatres to spread this critically important message; thank you Science North."—Participants of the 2008 Conservation Authorities Biennial Tour in Sudbury, Ontario Dr. David Pearson, Co-chair of the Ontario Government’s Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation ... Read More >>

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