Lakes Article: A
dramatic journey through the Great Lakes
The Great Lakes are being seen as they never have before
courtesy of a new film celebrating Earth's greatest freshwater ecosystem.
of the Great Lakes," a $6 million Canadian-made, giant-screen film made its
Northwest Indiana premiere Wednesday night at Portage 16 IMAX.
by Science North and sponsored by the Ports of Indiana, "Mysteries"
won the top Remi Award at the 42nd Annual WorldFest Houston International Film
Festival, one of the oldest and largest film and video competitions in the world.
the Portage viewing was strictly a one-night engagement for invited guests, the
film is currently being shown throughout the Great Lakes region (including Chicago's
Museum of Science and Industry) and will continue to be distributed around the
Although "Mysteries" opens to the strains of Gordon Lightfoot's
"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," the film's focus is not that ship's
historic 1975 Lake Superior sinking but rather the re-introduction of the lake
"The dominant creature of the lakes (that) reigned for over
10,000 years," narrator Gordon Pinsent says.
The movie follows a biologist
and his quest to re-introduce the sturgeon to "its rightful place among the
living treasures of the Great Lakes." Along the way, the story takes its
audience on a voyage above and below the inland seas, from Niagara Falls, where
an IMAX camera captures the action while suspended over the edge of the falls,
to the Slate Islands, home to the largest remaining woodland caribou herd in the
Great Lakes region.
A timely film, "Mysteries" also touches on
renewed interest on health of the lakes, the role of shipping to commerce and
the millions of people who rely on its water.
"This is an exciting
film, it does some amazing things for the Great Lakes," said Jody Peacock,
director of corporate affairs, Ports of Indiana. "It promotes them from an
environmental standpoint, from a business standpoint, and it really shows all
the different facets of these treasures that are right in our own backyard. Sometimes
we take them for granted -- and they're just amazing."
executive vice president for Federal Marine Terminals, Inc., one of the film's
sponsors, believes "Mysteries" will raise awareness of how corporate
companies actually have an environmental conscience.
general have gotten together and put some actions in place to try to save the
lakes and actually have contributed to the return of the great sturgeon in the
St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes system," Tosini said.
that's what it's all about."
WHAT: "Mysteries of the Great Lakes"
at 10 and 11:40 a.m., 1:20 and 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11:40 a.m., 1:20
and 3 p.m., Sunday, through Oct. 8
WHERE: The Omnimax Theater, Museum of Science
and Industry, Chicago
FYI: MSICHICAGO.ORG. Visit Web site for prices for the
film and museum general admission.