Sandy Smolan is an award-winning director of features, documentaries, television, and commercials. His critically acclaimed debut feature, Rachel River, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1988 Sundance Film Festival and took awards for Best Cinematography and Special Jury Prize for actress Viveca Lindfors. His most recent film, The Human Face of Big Data won the Jury prize for Best Cinematography at the Boston International Film Festival.
James Nestor is an author and journalist. His book, DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What The Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves was a PEN American Center Best Sports Book of the Year, Amazon Best Science Book, The New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and Scientific American Recommended Read. DEEP follows extreme athletes, adventurers, and scientists as they plumb the limits of the ocean's depths and uncover new discoveries that redefine our understanding of the ocean and ourselves.