Greg MacGillivray

Greg MacGillivray - Closing Luncheon Speaker

Producer/Director/Chairman, MacGillivray Freeman Films

A true giant of the film industry, Greg MacGillivray produced To Fly! for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum in 1976, introducing the world to a new immersive film format projected on a screen five stories tall. The film astounded audiences and has run daily at the museum for 46 years. In 1996, To Fly! became the first giant screen film selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in the National Film Registry, America's film archive, where it joined such classics as Gone with the Wind and Citizen Kane as one of the most important films in the first 100 years of American filmmaking. 

MacGillivray, a self-described “technology geek,” is well-known in the giant screen industry for his mastery of the intersection between artistic and technical innovation. He initiated the development of two cameras for the IMAX format--a high-speed (slow-motion) camera, and the industry's first lightweight and "all-weather" camera used during filming on Mt. Everest.  In 1998, MacGillivray again made history when his film, Everest, became a blockbuster hit and the first giant screen film in history to reach Variety’s Top Ten Box Office Chart for North America. For eight years, MacGillivray had persisted in trying to realize his dream of bringing the grandeur and majesty of Mt. Everest to the giant screen.