28 April 2009

Interview with Steve Judson and Chris Palmer of MacGillivray Freeman Films



On the heels of the recent Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) film expo in Los Angeles, Charles Read and I connected with Steve Judson (Vice President of Film Production and Post Production, and a 25-year veteran of the company) and Chris Palmer, (President, MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation).

MacGillivray Freeman Films is one of the most successful producers and distributors of giant-screen 70mm documentaries, typically shown in Imax theaters in museums and science centers. Some MFF titles, including “Everest” (1998) and “To Fly” (1976) are, in the US, among the highest grossing documentaries of all time – right up there with mainstream docs like “Fahrenheit 911” and “An Inconvenient Truth.” The company has been honored with numerous filmmaking and conservation awards. At GSCA, MFF screened new releases “Grand Canyon Adventure,” and “Van Gogh: Brush With Genius” and works in progress “Arabia,” “Return to Everest,” and “To the Arctic.” Click here to read the interview.