2005 Mark Emery
From Alaska to Cuba, Mark Emery has filmed animals and places most people will never get to see. The renowned cinematographer's films have been featured on the National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channels, as well as the PBS series "Nature". Especially noted for his work on salmon, Emery produced and directed the National Geographic Channel's "The Seasons of the Salmon".
Also known for his work on bears as well as alligators and crocodiles, he has captured rare and spectacular footage of little known Cuban crocodiles leaping up into the mangroves after arboreal prey. Not limited to cinema, Emery's still photographs have been featured in National Geographic, Newsweek, Outdoor Life, and many other publications.
His original music compositions have been used as opening music and as soundtracks for many of his films, as well as for outdoor television shows.
Emery visited Oklahoma as the 2005 Sutton Natural History Forum speaker. Established by the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center, a non-profit organization based in Bartlesville and affiliated with the Oklahoma Biological Survey at the University of Oklahoma's College of Arts and Sciences, this annual program is sponsored by the F&M Bank and Trust Company of Tulsa, with assistance from Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis, Holmes Organisation, Intervest Properties, Frisco Title Services, and Acron. Speakers are selected on the basis of their contributions to conservation education through the visual arts, and receive an honorarium for being chosen as a featured participant.
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Emery's presentations included samples of his films and music, and reached some seven thousand Oklahoma students during his March 28 through April 1 visit. Presentations for students were made at schools in Tulsa, Sperry, and Sand Springs. Public presentations took place at Holland Hall in Tulsa and at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman.
Event sponsors included:
- The F&M Bank & Trust. Co.
- American Electric Power/Public Service of Oklahoma
- Acron Group of Companies
- Intervest Properties
- Frisco Title Corp.
- Reynolds Ford
- Arvest Bank of Norman