Montreal, March 16, 2021. Secrets of the Universe has been garnering accolades and attention from a lot of different quarters. The film won at LA’s 6th Annual Raw Science Film Festival (2020) for Best Immersive Media and is now a winner at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival (Toronto, February 2021) where it was awarded Best Visual Effects. The film also recently won Best Science Film at GeekFest Toronto 2021! and Best Physics Movie at the Vienna Science Film Festival (2020) as well as other recognitions internationally. Secrets of the Universe is directed by Stephen Low and a production of the The Stephen Low Company.
Toronto, February 14, 2021. We are pleased to announce that Secrets of the Universe (Director Stephen Low) has won Best Science Film at GeekFest Toronto 2021! Secrets of the Universe was also recently awarded Best Physics Movie at the Vienna Science Film Festival.
About GeekFest Toronto. GeekFest Toronto “is a 1-Day Festival of Films, Docs and Talks on everything Nerdy, Science-y and Geeky. An alternative to Valentines Day and an appreciation for what we Love.” GeekFest is “A celebration for people like us who know who we are and how neat it is to be either a Nerd or a Geek or in love with Science.”
We are pleased to announced that Secrets of the Universe has won the prize for Best Physics Movie at the Vienna Science Film Festival! (25th of September 2020).
July 2, 2020
The Stephen Low Company’s U.S. distributor K2 Studios has partnered with MGM Television providing an extended international 4K television outlet for The Stephen Low Company’s premium documentary content.
The partnership is part of MGM’s push into factual, documentaries and specials first announced late in 2019 by President of Unscripted & Alternative Television, and Orion Television, Barry Poznick. The studio’s new factual division is based out of London and is headed by Executive Vice President, Richard Bedser. The division is focused on creating premium factual content and partnering with top-tier documentary talent from around the globe.
The distribution and production deal features key titles in The Stephen Low Company library, including the top-grossing motion picture Fighter Pilot; Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D featuring 11-time World Champion surfer Kelly Slater; Aircraft Carrier 3D and; the recent Secrets of the Universe 3D, a film profiling ground-breaking science unfolding at the particle accelerator at CERN in Switzerland.
Pietro L. Serapiglia, Producer and VP Distribution for The Stephen Low Company saluted the agreement as a milestone in advancing the company’s unique documentary presence on screens globally. K2 Studios President Mark Kresser added, “We are thrilled to join forces with MGM, arguably the most storied studio in Hollywood, with an unmatched history of success for nearly 100 years in both film and television. The distribution deal also includes such classic titles from director Stephen Low, as: Rocky Mountain Express; The Trolley; the top-grossing nature film Beavers; Rescue 3D; Legends of Flight 3D; and the ground-breaking deep ocean film Volcanoes of the Deep Sea.
About The Stephen Low Company
Founded in 1986, The Stephen Low Company is the creative force behind more than 18 giant screen experiences—some of the most groundbreaking and top-performing films in the industry. From themes of deep-sea exploration to competitive racing, from natural history to leading-edge science to epic history, the team has shaped some of the biggest stories ever told. The company’s projects have not only pushed the technological limits of cinema, but also helped transform how we see the world around us. The Stephen Low Company is also a key distributor of the giant screen experience, licensing premium documentary projects to giant screen exhibitors around the world and to a range of media channels. The company’s films are launched and showcased on the world’s largest screens in the world’s top museums and science centers and reach audiences on high-fidelity screens in markets everywhere. Imbued with premium image quality and screen impact, the company’s projects are used by leading manufacturers to showcase state-of-the-art motion picture technologies, from laser projection, to 3D, to super ultra-high definition televisions, to the phone in your pocket. For more information, visit www.stephenlow.com
About Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors. In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms and interactive ventures and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com
About K2 Studios
Originally founded in 1997, K2 Studios has become a global leader in the distribution of documentary films for IMAX®, Giant Screen and other specialty theaters. Since 2000, K2 has executive produced, produced or distributed 16 Giant Screen films, with an additional 10 titles currently in production or development. K2 has generated over $55mm in sponsor revenue for brand integration into its films and TV programming. For more information, visit www.k2studios.us
The World Premiere of Secrets of the Universe was held at the Lockheed Martin IMAX® theater at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington, D.C. on July 10, 2019. The event was hosted by NASM with Executive Producer K2 Communications and the Perimeter Institute. The evening included remarks by filmmaker Stephen Low and physicist Manuel Calderon de la Barca Sanchez.
In Secrets of the Universe, award-winning IMAX documentary filmmaker Stephen Low takes audiences to Geneva, Switzerland to explore the fantastic workings of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), tthe largest and most expensive machine ever built. The film explores the work of scientists using the collider to investigate the quantum fabric of the universe. Their work unfolds against the backdrop of centuries of scientific struggle to reveal the hidden dimensions of the world around us. In stunning kinetic detail, computer graphics illustrate the inner workings of the enormously powerful collider as protons rush at virtually the speed of light to a collision that duplicates conditions at the start of the Universe.
For more information, visit our project page: Secrets of the Universe
The Stephen Low Company is pleased to help celebrate Mario Andretti’s 50 years of racing via the contribution of a race vehicle for the exhibition Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty mounted by the World of Speed Motorsports Museum (Wilsonville, OR).
The Exhibition. The World of Speed, a Wilsonville, Oregon-based nonprofit motorsports museum, has opened a new exhibit honoring Mario Andretti, the most successful American race car driver of all time. Andretti conquered every style of racing he tried, going head-to-head with the best drivers the world had to offer and coming out victorious. The exhibition celebrates the breadth of this career and features cars driven by Andretti during five decades of racing; included is the Indy car driven by Mario Andretti for the filming of the IMAX Experience Super Speedway.
Above: from the exhibit Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty (photos: World of Speed Collection)
“Mario Andretti isn’t just a race legend, he is a household name,” said World of Speed Curator Ron Huegli. “How many times have you heard someone say ‘Who do you think you are, Mario Andretti?’ He is a part of America’s lexicon and an ambassador for the world of racing. His list of accomplishments is unrivaled, and he successfully competed in 11 different types of racing.”
Super Speedway. The Stephen Low Company released Super Speedway in 1997–an IMAX Experience focused on the world of Indy Car racing. Directed by giant screen filmmaker Stephen Low and filmed with authentic 15perf. / 70mm film for IMAX theaters, the project was a unique collaboration with the race organizer CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) and the Newman Haas Racing team that would see an IMAX-equipped Indy car on a variety of tracks to capture giant screen racing action for the first time. Recently retired from CART racing, Mario Andretti took on the task of driving the camera car for the production.
The Camera Car. The camera car was an authentic Indy car modified with anchor points to to accommodate several different camera mount positions for the heavy IMAX film camera. The car had been driven in a previous racing season by Emerson Fitipaldi. The existing speed-limiting pop-off valve on the vehicle was disabled to enable Mario to let loose with extra power to chase action on the track with the IMAX camera.
The Film. The Super Speedway film would cover the field of drivers and teams represented in the championship, but ultimately focus on Michael Andretti driving for Newman Haas and his father, Mario Andretti. Super Speedway became a huge success in giant screen exhibition, at that time pre-leased to more theaters than ever before. The film has been exhibited in museums and science centres, multiplexes and stand-alone IMAX theaters around the world and remains an authentic and unsurpassed experience of the racing world.
More about the Exhibit. Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty opened Saturday, March 23 and will run through November 2. World of Speed is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
About World of Speed. World of Speed is an educational motorsports museum, where historic race cars, boats, and motorcycles tell the story of America’s iconic car culture and its leadership role in the world of racing. It encompasses many aspects and types of motorsports, from drag racing and land speed racing to open-wheel racing, NASCAR, and more. Through interactive exhibits, extensive education, family programs, and hands-on activities, World of Speed offers an exciting behind-the-scenes look at the racing world. Find out more about the exhibition at www.worldofspeed.org
For additional information about Super Speedway: https://www.stephenlow.com/project/super-speedway/
The Trolley will have its U.S. Premiere at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA June 22, 2018 and will exhibit at the science centre for the summer. The Trolley propels giant screen audiences through the great cities of the globe to tell the story of one of civilization’s most remarkable inventions. Step aboard the talented electric trolley for a ride across the eras and through thirty-nine cities and sixteen countries…Check the Pacific Science Center listing for showtimes: Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA Find out more about The Trolley here: The Trolley For other cities, see: Where-to-see The Trolley
The Trolley is Hot Doc at Hot Docs
The Trolley IMAX Experience received a tremendous reception at its World Premiere from a capacity audience at Toronto’s Ontario Place Cinesphere IMAX. Exhibited as a special presentation at the Hot Docs Toronto International Documentary Film Festival on Saturday May 5th, the event attracted an enthusiastic audience of more than six hundred.The screening included an introduction by Alex Rogalski (Hot Docs senior Canadian programmer), a videotaped address by filmmaker Stephen Low (filming at sea for a new IMAX production) and a post-screening Q&A session by producers Pietro Serapiglia and Alexander Low. Toronto Launch. Following the World Premiere and widespread media coverage (over 51 pieces of coverage and an estimated reach and readership of 227 million), a public run of the The Trolley at Ontario Place Cinesphere is now underway. The launch team for the film are gearing up for an exciting summer of The Trolley at the Cinesphere IMAX and are working to mobilize Torontonians and visitors to the city to share the ride and come down to Toronto’s lakeshore playground to experience this immersive globe-trotting true story of a remarkable invention and its worldwide impact.
ClippingsInterview with filmmaker Stephen Low about The Trolley [FEATURE/INTERVIEW] – audio clip CBC Radio Here and Now, Toronto Broadcast on: May 23, 2018 Director Stephen Low on his new doc The Trolley, the beauty of streetcars and shooting on IMAX – [FEATURE/INTERVIEW] Globe and Mail By Barry Hertz Published on: April 30, 2018 ‘The Trolley’ documentary explores the history of light-rail vehicles – [FEATURE/INTERVIEW] CityTV Aired: June 1, 2018 ‘The Trolley’ gives Toronto streetcars their long-deserved closeup – [FEATURE/REVIEW] Toronto Star By Ed Keenan Published on: May 3, 2018 Hot Docs 2018 Review: The Trolley – [FEATURE/REVIEW] Scene Creek By Dani Saad Published on: April 28, 2018 The Trolley – [REVIEW] The Gate By Andrew Parker Published on: June 1, 2018 The Trolley: Genius Invention Gets Love from IMAX Treatment – [FEATURE/REVIEW] Original-Cin By Liam Lacey Published on: May 4, 2018 New documentary a ‘love letter’ to streetcars and trolleys – [FEATURE] CityNews By: News Staff Published on: March 20, 2018 Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival reaches gender parity with 2018 lineup – [MENTION/SOUNDBITE] The Globe and Mail By: Barry Hertz Published on: March 20, 2018 Hot Docs Finally Achieves Gender Parity with 2018 Lineup – [MENTION] Exclaim! By: Josiah Hughes Published on: March 20, 2018
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It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our long time friend and production collaborator, Bill Reeve. A cinematographer, stereographer Bill passed away on Tuesday May 22nd after a battle with cancer.
Bill brought together a fascination with things engineered and the photographic arts to become a master of the IMAX camera. Bill’s contributions to the industry were many and included work on several Stephen Low films: Titanica, Mark Twain’s America (3D), Super Speedway, Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, Fighter Pilot, and Legends of Flight (3D). We will miss you Bill.