Pietro Serapiglia (Producer):
Pietro Serapiglia heads production and distribution activity at The Stephen Low Company. His 30-year career in film has given him a wide range of expertise and put him at the forefront of giant screen cinema.
Serapiglia joined the National Film Board of Canada in 1974, where he was involved with such films as the critically acclaimed UNIVAC United Nations Series (1976), two Academy-Award nominated films: First Winter (1980) and Gwynne Dyer’s series Goodbye War (1981). He studied production management and producing at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, and returned to Montreal to create music videos for CBS, RCA, and Atlantic Records. At the time Serapiglia’s videos were widely acclaimed and played regularly on the newly born Much Music and MTV.
Serapiglia’s first IMAX production experience was River Journey (1983), which was presented at the Louisiana World’s Fair. Serapiglia began partnering with director Stephen Low in 1986 and their prolific collaboration has resulted in many award-winning, profitable, IMAX films: Beavers (1987), Flight of the Aquanaut (1992), the first IMAX feature length Titanica (1993,) Super Speedway (1997), Mark Twain’s America 3D (1998), Volcanoes of the Deep Sea (2003), Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag (2005), the soon to be released Legends of the Flight (2010), Rocky Mountain Express (2010) and Rescue (2010).
Alex Low (Associate Producer/Writer):
Alexander Low is a film producer, writer, media designer and marketer with 20 years experience in the shaping and distribution of giant screen film entertainment. Low began his career working in feature film production and has written for and consulted on more than a dozen large-format projects from Emergency (1988) and Titanica (1992) to Super Speedway, Mark Twain’s America (1998) and Bears (2001). Low co-produced the giant screen film Volcanoes of the Deep Sea (2003) and is engaged in the ongoing development and production of projects for the giant screen including Rescue (scheduled for 2010 release) and Rocky Mountain Express (2010).
Dougal Caron (Executive in Charge of Production):
Dougal Caron is a production executive with over 30 years experience in live entertainment and film. Caron oversees financial aspects of production and distribution, as well as business and legal issues.
Caron began her career in 1979 engaging in various production roles and management positions in both the film and live entertainment industries around the world. She has worked on tours and international concerts with such acclaimed artists such as Pat Benatar, Journey, Billy Squire, Billy Joel, and including the Aida Opera at Toronto’s Skydome. By 1987 Caron focused her burgeoning managerial career exclusively in film and worked on features such as Agnes of God, Oh Heavenly Dog and Jacknife.
In 1991 Dougal joined Director Stephen Low’s production team and her administrative leadership has helped set the standard in cutting-edge, large format documentaries. Her credits include several critically acclaimed IMAX films: Flight of the Aquanaut (1992), Titanica (1993), Super Speedway (1997), Mark Twain’s America 3D (1998), Volcanoes of the Deep Sea (2003), Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag (2005), and the soon to be released Legends of Flight (2010), Rocky Mountain Express (2010) and Rescue (2010).
Jeff Cutler (Executive Producer):
With 15 years in marketing, over 10 of them in action sports, Jeff Cutler’s significant involvement helped grow a niche industry into an important and influential component of mainstream youth culture. In 1998 Jeff left a corporate marketing job with Mattel Toys to apply his knowledge to something he was passionate about, action sports. Taking the head marketing job for the newly established US office of global skate shoe brand Globe Shoes, he took the role head on and was instrumental through the company’s phenomenal growth period as it became the #1 action sports shoe brand in the USA specialty retail market. A few years later, Reef, worldwide leader in sandals, pursued Jeff to head up their global marketing initiative. Jeff spearheaded some of the most high profile ad campaigns in the action sports space, including the largest ad campaign in the history of action sports to launch Reef’s new line of close-toed footwear. While at Reef Jeff and legendary pro surfer Brad Gerlach founded a revolutionary team-based competitive surfing organization, the National Surf League. Soon after the National Surf League (NSL) was adopted as the sport organizer for ESPN’s X Games, where the NSL’s proprietary competition format, The Game, became the sole format for the Surfing X Games for the following 6 years. To this day, the NSL still runs the nation’s largest high school team surfing competition, drawing participants from almost 40 high schools from all coastal regions of the US. Around the same time Jeff co-founded the NSL, he partnered with a lifelong friend to start havoc Television. Soon after, Jeff left Reef to focus full time on his two new ventures. havoc Television, a cross platform media outlet showcasing action sports and indie music videos, grew rapidly and is now the nations leading media outlet for action sports and indie music. In 56mm TV homes in the USA and Canada, havoc is the #1 sports related and the #2 music-related VOD channel in America and has one of the most interactive TV programs in the nation on DirecTV, G4, MTV2, MTV Hits, and NBC’s New York Non-Stop. In addition Jeff has extended his passion and knowledge of surfing to include the large-format film industry, serving as executive producer on the soon to be released Ultimate Wave Tahiti.
Mark Kresser (Executive Producer):
Mark has over ten years experience in the entertainment and new media businesses, with roles that have encompassed all aspects of project development, implementation and oversight. Mark spearheaded the successful release of Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag to over 100 theaters worldwide, and heads up the distribution of K2’s upcoming giant screen (IMAX®) and digital 3D productions. Mark also manages the distribution of K2′s catalogue of 58 giant screen format films to domestic and international television outlets, as well as other ancillary media such as hotels, airlines and Internet sites. Previously, Mark helped launch, and later served as publisher and editor of the leading consumer resource for the giant screen film industry, BigMovieZone.com, and leads the development of all K2-related web sites. Mark has also assumed a key supporting role K2’s development and fundraising efforts on Ultimate Wave Tahiti (Feb, 2010) Legends of Flight (Summer 2010) and Rescue (Fall, 2010).
Terry Hardy (Executive Producer):
Terry Hardy is the founder and president of Sonar Entertainment, a youth-oriented production, management, and consulting company. Prior to founding Sonar, Terry owned and operated H&S Media from 2002-2004, where he created and executive produced the hit MTV series Viva la Bam (5 seasons / 60 episodes), MTV’s Kelly Slater’s Celebrity Surf Invitational, several MTV specials, Sirius Satellite Radio’s Faction 28, and consulted on the MTV & Paramount Pictures Jackass franchise. In 1999, prior to H&S, Terry and action sports legend Tony Hawk founded Slam LLC, the first true action sports management and production group. At Slam, Terry co-created the highly successful Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam national arena tour and launched the careers of youth icons Bam Margera and Kelly Slater. Terry has over 14 years of experience in traditional entertainment management and production, and over that period has held executive positions with Musicplex Inc., Gallin Morey Associates, and Rebel Waltz Entertainment.
James Lahti (Editor/Associate Producer):
After graduating with honors in film production from York University in 1977, James Lahti has worked as a producer, director and editor on numerous features, television dramas, mini-series, commercials, music videos, and documentary films. He edited the Emmy Award winning Anne of Green Gables mini-series and was producer on Avonlea, the Disney Channel series spin-off. For the last ten years he has worked mostly in the IMAX format and has extensive experience editing both 2D and 3D IMAX films.
Mr. Lahti has served as editor / producer on several of Stephen Low’s films including: The Last Buffalo, Flight of the Aquanaut, Titanica, Across the Sea of Time, Mark Twain’s America and Super Speedway. His other IMAX credits include: Echoes of the Sun, Symbol of the North, Bears, and Whales for the National Wildlife Federation.
Mark Poirier (Director of Photography):
Mark Poirier has over 20 years of experience as a Director of Photography with solid experience in IMAX, 35mm, HD and SD—most recently on the giant screen projects Legends of Flight (IMAX 3D) and Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia (IMAX 3D). With more than five-hundred production credits to his name, he is frequently recognized with industry awards for his creative eye and lighting skill and has taught workshops on the technique and aesthetic of camera and lighting at the CSTC Summer Institute Of Film And Television.
Michel Chauvin (Production Manager):
Montreal native Michel Chauvin is the kind of production manager that makes quick work of the demanding logistics of production. Chauvin has been involved in the film and entertainment business for over 20 years and worked in a management capacity on an impressive list of Canadian and international productions headed by acclaimed directors such as Richard Attenborough, Bruce Beresford, Paul Schrader, Denys Arcand, Robert Lepage and François Girard.
His comprehensive production resume covers several genres from series, features, fiction and documentary including: Black Robe (1990), The Jackal (1996), Grey Owl (1998), Tales from the Neverending Story (2001), Levity (2002), Nouvelle France (2004), and L’Âge des Ténèbres (2006). His organizational and administrative leadership has been an invaluable addition to Legends of Flight 3D (2010) and the Stephen Low Company.
Executive Producer and Distributor – K2 Communications:
K2 Communications has extensive large format film experience, including Everest, Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag, 3D Sun, and Adventures in Wild California. Films currently in production include Ultimate Wave Tahiti, Legends of Flight (Summer 2010), and Rescue (Fall 2010). Recognized as leaders in the large format industry, K2 founder Bob Kresser and his team bring a wealth of success and experience in all aspects of production oversight, global distribution, and marketing. Beyond theatrical distribution, K2 acquired a library of 55 independently produced Imax films, converted them to high quality HD format. & distributes them in over 50 countries worldwide, including China. To solidify its leadership role in the industry, K2 Communications also operates the only comprehensive large format consumer/fan website, BigMovieZone.com. For more information, consult www.k2communications.com.