Interview by Paul Salfen
This thrilling documentary tells the story of champion freediver Alessia Zecchini and expert safety diver Stephen Keenan, who seemed fated to meet at the height of their careers. Raw underwater dive footage and extensive interviews bring viewers along for their emotional journey into the stunning, silent depths of the ocean, a breathtaking place unseen by all but the fortunate few — where exhilarating accomplishments and unavoidable risks await. From director Laura McGann, The Deepest Breath captures the gripping mix of destiny and danger at the heart of two athletes’ undeniable bond, and offers a never-before-seen glimpse into one of the most dangerous sports in the world.
BIOGRAPHY: Laura McGann lives by the sea in County Wicklow, Ireland, with her wife and their daughter. Her interest in film was piqued at a young age by both her grandfather who was an avid filmmaker and her grand-uncle who ran cinemas. She started making films and producing theatre when she was 15 and went on to study film in Ballyfermot, Dublin and then to pursue a masters in documentary filmmaking in Hope University, Liverpool. Her first festival short The End of theCounter saw her revisit her grandfather’s films from the 1960’s about the moment the first supermarket arrived in Ireland. Made with the support of the Irish Film Board, the film won several awards including best short documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh and played at international festivals including Boston Independent Film Festival, Dublin International Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival. Laura has worked in Ireland and abroad shooting and directing over 20 documentary series for RTE, SKY, PBS, BBC, Lonely Planet and UTV.