Canadian filmmaker and industry pioneer Toni Myers, who was known for visually arresting Imax films about the Earth and surrounding planets, has died.
Myers died Monday at home in Toronto after a bout with cancer, Imax confirmed on Tuesday. She was 75.
The producer/director/editor worked on documentaries, films and TV series that explored everything from the deep depths of the ocean, to the outer reaches of space and the 1990 Rolling Stones “Steel Wheels” concert.
Her recent work included 2016’s “A Beautiful Planet,” narrated by Jennifer Lawrence; the 2010 Space Shuttle Atlantis documentary “Hubble 3D,” narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio; and 2009’s “Under the Sea 3D,” narrated by Jim Carrey.
“Toni’s incredible contributions to IMAX’s legacy and the world of film are only matched by her passion, kindness and unique ability to inspire hope in others through storytelling,” Richard Gelfond, CEO of IMAX, said in a statement.
“For 25 years, I was fortunate to call Toni a dear friend and I know I echo the same sentiment as anyone who has crossed paths with Toni when I say she was truly one-of-a-kind and will greatly be missed.”
Born in Toronto, Myers attended the Ontario College of Art and began her screen career as an editor on television dramas and music films. The music projects included collaborations with musical greats John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Santana.
Myers’ other award-winning films include 1985’s “The Dream is Alive,” 1994’s “Destiny in Space” and 1990’s “Blue Planet.”
Just last week she was awarded the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette.