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Canadian filmmaker and co-founder of Imax was 91 – Deadline

Graeme Ferguson, the Canadian filmmaker who co-founded Imax, died on Saturday at the age of 91.

Ferguson was reportedly battling cancer, dying at his home in Norway Point, Ont.

Imax took to Twitter today to confirm the news. “We mourn the passing of Graeme Ferguson, visionary co-founder of IMAX and iconic filmmaker,” they said. “Thank you and rest in peace, Graeme.”

Ferguson founded Imax Corporation in 1967, along with filmmaker Roman Kroitor, businessman Robert Kerr and engineer William Shaw. His last two collaborators were his friends since high school.

The initial impetus for Imax was Polar life, an experimental film produced by Ferguson for Expo 67 in Montreal. Together with Kroitor, Kerr and Shaw, he would develop a proprietary system of high-resolution cameras, film formats, projectors and theaters that would bring a new sense of immersion and reach to the cinematic experience.

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Writer, director, producer and cinematographer, Ferguson’s Imax films included Circus world, Snow work, ocean, North of Superior, Man belongs to the earth, Hi Columbia!, The dream is alive, Blue planet, Travel on the planets, In the depths, Fate in space, L5: First city in space, Mission to Mir, Deep Sea 3D, Under the sea 3D and Hubble 3D. His most recent project as an executive producer was in 2016 A beautiful planet, an exploration of Earth and beyond, seen from the International Space Station, directed by Toni Myers and narrated by Jennifer Lawrence.

Ferguson was also president of Imax between 1970 and 1990. The company was eventually bought in 1994 by Brad Wechsler and Richard Gelfond, who took it public and listed on NASDAQ and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

In 1983, Ferguson received the Genie Award for his outstanding contributions to the Canadian film industry. A decade later, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

While Ferguson’s wife, whom he married in 1982, died two months before him, he is survived by his children, Allison and Munro.

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