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Science Centre: Science North’s Giant Screen Film Mysteries Of The Great Lakes Continues to Impress


Mysteries of the Great Lakes, a $6-million dollar, Canadian-made, giant-screen film produced by Science North in 2008, continues to impress film festival judges.. 

In April 2009 the film won the top Grand Remi Award at the 42nd Annual WorldFest Houston International Film Festival; one of the oldest and largest film & video competitions in the world.  WorldFest Houston is one of the three original International film festivals in North America, after San Francisco and New York.  Past Remi Award winners include Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, The Coen Brothers, David Lynch, Brian De Palma and many more.  To find out more, visit

Most recently Mysteries of the Great Lakes was awarded a prestigious CINE Golden Eagle award in the Professional Non-Fiction Division – Science & Technology.  The CINE Golden Eagle awards, distinguishing excellence in professional, independent and student works, are recognized internationally as symbols of the highest standards in film and television production.  Among great talents whose first major awards included the CINE Golden Eagle are Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard.  For more information, visit

The film has also garnered two OMNI Intermedia Awards; a Gold OMNI in the Nature category and a Silver OMNI in the Documentary category.  The Omni Awards exist to recognize outstanding media productions that engage, empower and enlighten.  Visit for more details.

The U.S. International Film and Video Festival has also recognized the success of Mysteries of the Great Lakes by awarding a Certificate for Creative Excellence in the Documentary: Environmental Issues and Concerns category.

The U.S. International Film and Video Festival is one of the world’s leading international film festivals devoted exclusively to the recognition of outstanding corporate, education, entertainment, documentary and student productions.  Visit

Mysteries of the Great Lakes was also recently a finalist in the 32nd Annual International Wildlife Film Festival, held in Missoula, Montana, and at the 2009 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards in Sudbury, Ontario. 

"We are extremely proud to accept all of these honours”, said David Lickley, Producer and Director of the film. “Mysteries of the Great Lakes is a very timely film given the increasing awareness of fresh water issues across North America.  Not only is it a journey through some of the most incredible scenery on the continent, it also asks the question ‘how do we find that balance between our needs and the needs of the natural world as we move into the future’.”

Mysteries of the Great Lakes has been seen by close to one million people to date, and will continue to entertain and educate millions more over the years to come.

Mysteries of the Great Lakes was produced and directed by David Lickley and executive produced by Jim Marchbank. The film is narrated by award-winning Canadian actor, Gordon Pinsent, and features the music of Canadian icon, Gordon Lightfoot.  Mysteries of the Great Lakes is distributed by Science North (makers of the award-winning giant-screen film Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees).  

Mysteries of the Great Lakes is presented by FedNav Limited, with major funding from Unilever Canada, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, Parks Canada and Ontario Power Generation.

For more information about Science North’s giant-screen film Mysteries of the Great Lakes visit:

About Science North Large Format Films

Science North is a science centre and family attraction that opened in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada in 1984.  In 1994 the science centre opened its IMAX® Theatre.  Since then, Science North has produced four giant-screen films – Gold Fever, Bears, Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees and Mysteries of the Great Lakes.  In 2008, with the creation of Mysteries of the Great Lakes, Science North expanded its role in the industry by also becoming a distributor of giant-screen films. 

Science North has become one of the leading producers of giant-screen films in Canada.  It is the only science centre in the world with an in-house large-format film production unit, and it has built a reputation as a specialist in environmental and natural history themes. 

Science North is currently producing a giant-screen film about the Polar Regions that will touch on the extremes of climate, the exotic life forms found there, and the wildness and inaccessibility of their geography. To learn more about Science North visit

See also:
Science North’s Giant-Screen Film Mysteries of The Great Lakes Wins Remi Award At Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
Happy World Water Day from Walter the Water Molecule and Science North!

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