Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy, tells the story of Mike deGruy, an irrepressibly curious and enthusiastic underwater filmmaker who died suddenly in 2012. DeGruy filmed the oceans for more than three decades becoming as famous for his on camera storytelling as for his glorious, intimate visions of the sea and the creatures who live in it. Inspired to share his legacy as a filmmaker and storyteller, and to spread his mission for protecting the ocean, his wife and filmmaking partner Mimi deGruy returned to the edit room to produce Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy.
When she was finally able to watch footage after Mike died, Mimi deGruy found a piece she’d never seen, shot not long after the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill. She watched it again and again and knew she had to make a film. The footage depicted a different Mike because at that moment, he’d gone from an artist sharing the wonder of the deep to an enraged and impassioned warrior.
Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy, tells that story and while it celebrates Mike and all he accomplished in his amazing career, it also highlights what he cared most about at the time of his death: we are destroying the ocean before we even know what’s there. If Mike deGruy were alive today he would be spending all his energy to fight on behalf of the ocean, for continued exploration, particularly of the deepsea, research, understanding and ultimately encouraging a reciprocal relationship with it before it is too late.
With Mike’s own breathtaking underwater cinematography, his topside storytelling, interviews with Mike and also those he worked with like Sir David Attenborough, James Cameron, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Alastair Fothergill, Paul and Grace Atkins and others, Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy, tells the moving story of one man determined to share both his passion and his concern. Mike deGruy was in deep conversation with the ocean his entire life and as a result, was a consummate storyteller of the sea. But he had a lot more to say and Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy, makes the compelling case that it is now up to us to carry on what Mike deGruy himself couldn’t finish.
But this is also a story about hope. Because while Mike was distraught over our treatment of the oceans, he was also hopeful there would be a change in consciousness. He had tremendous belief in the ability of communities to work together to affect positive change, and he saw in the next generation a group of people who could make that happen.Together, we can carry his mission forward.