Directed by Lefteris Charitos
Narrated by Jean-Marc Barr
Produced by Storyline Entertainment, Anemon Productions, Les Films du Balibari
Opens in Toronto for one-week engagement
Carlton Cinema – 20 Carlton St., at Yonge St.
Special Event Screening
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Country of Origin: Greece/Canada/France
Running Time: 80 mins
Language: English, French, Italian, Greek, Japanese, with English subtitles.
Director Lefteris Charitos and narrator Jean-Marc Barr (Jean-Marc played Jacques Mayol in Luc Besson’s The Big Blue) are both available for interviews by phone, Facetime, Skype.
Producer Ed Barreveld is based in Toronto and available for interviews.
Freediving is not only one of the most dangerous of sports, but one of the most amazing.
The Big Blue was inspired by Jacques Mayol, who in 1976 became the first free diver ever to descend 100 metres. This legend of the sport spent his life setting records and going beyond what was considered humanly possible.
Mayol practiced yoga and developed a philosophy of the mystical and biological connections between humans and dolphins, but he also embraced the free-wheeling life of a jet-setting playboy in the heady sunshine of the ‘60s.
Dolphin Man, directed by Lefteris Charitos, is the first nonfiction film to dive into the revolutionary man himself. It documents his time, his obsession with dolphins, diving, ocean conservation, his increasingly eccentric personal life, as well as the legacy he has left behind.
The film includes interviews with friends, family and free-diving champs like William Trubridge and Mehgan Heaney-Grier, and the vast beauty of the ocean is explored through fascinating archival footage and breathtaking present-day underwater cinematography.
Produced in co-production with ARTE G.E.I.E. – WOWOW – ERT – GREEK FILM CENTRE in association with KNOWLEDGE – TVO – CANAL D – SVT – RTS – YES DOCU – CYBC with the participation of CANADA MEDIA FUND – ONTARIO MEDIA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION – CANADIAN FILM OR VIDEO PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT – OMDC FILM AND TELEVISION TAX CREDITS with the support of CENTRE NATIONAL DU CINEMA ET DE L’IMAGE ANIMÉE and the GREEK FILM CENTRE / FRENCH GREEK CO-PRODUCTION FUND – CREATIVE EUROPE / MEDIA PROGRAMME OF THE EU – REGION PAYS DE LA LOIRE – SICILIAN FILM COMMISSION / PROGRAMME ‘SENSI CONTEMPORANEI CINEMA’ – ANEK developed at CROSSING BORDERS – THESSALONIKI GOES TO CANNES
Anemon Productions, based in Athens, Greece, is dedicated to producing documentaries, educational programs and cross-media projects as a catalyst for discussion, inspiration and impact. Special focus is given to projects promoting inter-cultural and historical understanding across the Balkans, human rights and sustainable living.
Les Films du Balibari, is a producer of documentary programs based in Nantes and Lyon, France.
Storyline Entertainment is a producer of documentaries and non-fiction programming. Storyline was named a top 100 global producer of non-fiction by Realscreen in 2013 and 2014 and their Emmy, Gemini and Canadian Screen Award winning films have screened at many festivals including TIFF, Tribeca, Full Frame, True/False, IDFA and Hot Docs.