Thursday, July 25, 2024

‘The Deepest Breath’ Premieres At Sundance


The Netflix documentary “The Deepest Breath” premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The film features freediver Alessia Zecchini, safety diver Stephen Keenan as well as Alexey Molchanov, Hanako Hirose, William Trubridge and others, including’s Editor-At-Large Francesca Koe.

According to a Netflix synopsis:

“A champion freediver trains to break a world record with the help of an expert safety diver, and the two form an emotional bond that feels like fate. This heart-stopping film follows the paths they took to meet at the pinnacle of the freediving world, documenting the thrilling rewards — and inescapable risks — of chasing a dream through the silent depths of the ocean.”

The film’s director, Laura McGann, read a letter/statement from Zecchini after the world premiere.

'The Deepest Breath' director Laura McCann reads statement from Alessia Zecchini after the film's screening.
‘The Deepest Breath’ director Laura McCann reads statement from Alessia Zecchini after the film’s screening. (Photo credit: Francesca Koe)

Critics had mixed reviews of the movie.

The Hollywood Reporter:

“In the most literal sense, The Deepest Breath is a breathtaking documentary, one filled with eye-popping visuals, thrilling competitions and a deftly presented love story.”


“Laura McGann’s doc about champion freediver Alessia Zecchini will make you hold your breath, and then question the film’s tactics.”

The film will air on Netflix this coming summer.

Stay tuned for Francesca’s review of the movie (she attended the Sundance screening)!

Deepest Breath Sundance

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.