George Butler is known as a pioneer of the theatrical documentary. Believing that well-crafted documentaries can hold their own against dramatic features, Butler has created many classic films. Some titles include Pumping Iron, introducing moviegoers to the then anonymous Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Endurance film trilogy, retelling Sir Ernest Shackleton’s saga of Antarctic survival, and Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry, about his friend John Kerry’s leadership in the peace movement. Butler has also produced acclaimed IMAX® features, such as the award-winning Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure and Roving Mars.


Julian Robertson is one of the most successful and well known hedge fund managers of our time. An active philanthropist, he serves on a number of organization and university boards. He has created the Robertson Scholars Program, which awards comprehensive merit scholarships for 36 Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students each year. In August 2010, Robertson joined an initiative by software mogul Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett in which the wealthy would pledge at least half their assets to charity.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - frank marshall

Frank Marshall is one of the premiere film producers in the entertainment industry. His body of work has come to define a generation for moviegoers, producing such timeless hits as Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and the Indiana Jones franchise. In addition to a prolific producing career, Marshall has garnered wide acclaim as a film director, having brought to the screen such memorable movies as Arachnophobia and Alive. Marshall was a producer of the 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World, which has grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the fourth biggest box office hit of all time.

WRITER & PRODUCER - Caroline Alexander

A widely published and acclaimed writer, Alexander’s books include the New York Times best sellers, The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition, and The Bounty. Alexander has written extensively on global travel and adventure in such publications as The New Yorker, Smithsonian, Outside, and National Geographic Magazine, where she was a contributing writer for many years. She has penned the narratives for Butler’s award-winning films The Endurance and the IMAX® Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure, and his conservation film The Lord God Bird. A Rhodes Scholar, she recently published an acclaimed translation of Homer’s Iliad (the first English translation of an Homeric poem by a woman).

PRODUCER - Keero Birla

Keero S. Birla is an Indian-born, Montreal-based, producer and director known for the award-winning IMAX® films, India: Kingdom Of The Tiger and Dinosaurs Alive 3D! Birla is also a veteran producer of 150+ hours of documentary/reality television series, including five seasons of Eat St, four seasons of the Gemini-nominated food series Chuck’s Day Off, the 2014 CSA Nominated series Chuck’s Week Off as well as The Big Decision, for CBC Television, and The Property Shop for HGTV. Recently, he produced the IMAX film, Flight Without Wings for the Dubai IMAX Theatre as well as the science frontier series Brave New Worlds with Stephen Hawking for Discovery International.