'James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D' Gets Distribution, Release Date

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DisruptiveLA has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary, which chronicles the director's journey to fulfill his boyhood dream of becoming an explorer.

DisruptiveLA has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the feature documentary James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D, directed by John Bruno, Andrew Wight and Ray Quint.

The film chronicles James Cameron's journey to fulfill his boyhood dream of becoming an explorer, offering a unique insight into the director's world as he makes that dream reality -- and makes history -- by becoming the first person to travel solo to the deepest point on the planet. It was financed in partnership with National Geographic and Rolex and with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Opening Aug. 8 in theaters nationwide, Deepsea Challenge was led by Cameron, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker known for blockbusters such as Avatar and Titanic and a veteran of eight deep ocean expeditions, who deployed his unconventional Deepsea Challenger submersible on 13 dives, collecting numerous samples and identifying 68 new species. On March 26, 2012, the expedition culminated in Cameron’s historic solo dive 35,787 feet -- nearly seven miles -- beneath the ocean's surface.

Confronting the enormity of the dive to the Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the Mariana Trench, Cameron recalled thinking, "I’ve had years to contemplate this moment, and I won't say there hasn’t been dread."

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Among his concerns was the risk the sub would implode under the crushing pressure (1,000 times the pressure at sea level) at the ocean’s deepest points. In the movie, Cameron describes an ominous scenario: "As you approach the bottom, with barely a warning sign, the sphere buckles suddenly. Faster than you can scream, you’re smashed into jam."

Cameron survived, of course, to capture the haunting, lunar-like landscape of the Mariana Trench in stunning 3D and to document the sea creatures he observed in the depths.

"James Cameron and his team's courage and tenacity in seeing this project through, with findings that scientists are still poring over, is an inspiration to everyone," DisruptiveLA’s co-founder James Burke said.

Added Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Cinema Ventures and an executive producer of the film: "James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D is everything we’d dreamed it could be and more. It’s a heart-racing film experience and an inspiring reminder that our beautiful planet still has much to explore."

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