The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation invites you to the Alabama premiere of Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy on Thursday, May 16 at the Mobile Convention Center.
The premiere is a benefit for the Dauphin Island Sea Foundation. Mobile native filmmaker and explorer Mike deGruy is remembered in the film Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy. His wife and filmmaking partner, Mimi Armstrong deGruy, wrote, directed, and produced this feature length documentary about the irrepressible biologist turned filmmaker. Mike deGruy was a man who lived with one foot in the sea and the other on land, who spent his life speaking on behalf of the ocean’s creatures. He was becoming increasingly outspoken as an environmental activist when he died tragically in a helicopter crash in Australia while filming for director James Cameron. The film celebrates his remarkable career, but it also highlights what he believed passionately at the time of his death: we are
destroying the ocean before we even know what’s there.
This is a story told through the eyes of deGruy’s wife. When she finally went back into their edit room after his death, Mimi deGruy found herself returning again and again to one piece of footage she’d never seen of her late husband. She realized it captured the moment he went from being an artistic filmmaker to an activist, and she knew she had to make a film. After many years of filming in all the world’s oceans, Mike deGruy became curious and then passionate about exploring the deep sea, the least known part of the ocean. Then when the Macondo oil spewed unabated into the deep water of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, deGruy, like the rest of the world was appalled. He took the massive damage inflicted on the Gulf personally because this was where he’d grown up and first learned to love the ocean, and it was in the deep sea. DeGruy talked to and filmed multiple scientists while following the science of the spill. He was astonished they couldn’t tell him how that oil affected the Gulf because they had so little understanding of what was there before. While the oceans cover 70% of our earth’s surface, only 10% has been explored.
In honoring deGruy’s memory and the work he was so passionate about, Mimi deGruy creates a portrait that celebrates not only his joyous spirit and sense of adventure but also highlights the need to continue oceanic exploration.
Special Guest: Mimi deGruy, Producer, Director Writer- Mimi Armstrong deGruy is a Santa Barbara based documentary filmmaker. With her late husband, Mike deGruy, she produced
numerous hours of award-winning television for National Geographic Television, The British Broadcasting Corporation, and other broadcasters.
Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy (Movie Premiere)
Thursday, May 16th
Mobile Convention Center
Ballroom 4th Floor
1 S. Water Street, Mobile, AL 36602
Tickets: $30 advance, $35 door; Doors open 6 p.m.; Film introduction 6:30 p.m