National Geographic Documentary Films Partners with Two-Time Academy Award-Nominated Director Liz Garbus and Oscar-Winning Producers Dan Cogan and Evan Hayes for New Feature Documentary: Cousteau (wt)

Feature Documentary to Unveil Never-Before-Seen Footage of Legendary
Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau With Exclusive Access to the Cousteau
Society Archives

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this
century, he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must
protect it.”
– Jacques Cousteau

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On the heels of announcing Rebuilding Paradise from Academy
Award-winning director Ron Howard and The Untitled Thai Cave
Rescue Project
(wt) from Academy Award-winning director Kevin
Macdonald, and following the record-breaking box office success of Chai
Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s Free Solo, winner of the
Academy Award and the BAFTA for Best Documentary Feature, National
Geographic Documentary Films reveals its next documentary project: Cousteau
(wt).


Two-time Academy Award-nominated and two-time Emmy-winning director Liz
Garbus (“The Farm, Angola USA,” “What Happened, Miss Simone?”) will
direct and produce the feature biopic about the world’s most famous
ocean explorer, Jacques Cousteau, with Academy Award winner Dan Cogan
(“Icarus”) as producer. Academy Award winner Evan Hayes (Free Solo)
will also produce under his ACE Content banner.

Cousteau was an inventor, explorer, environmentalist and filmmaker who
revolutionized our understanding of the natural world, giving mankind
the resources to explore the ocean with the Aqua Lung, the first
open-circuit, self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba).
An avid conservationist, he also fervently called attention to the
consequences of ocean pollution and was a long-time collaborator with
the National Geographic Society. He later founded the Cousteau Society,
an American nonprofit that produced movies and television
series broadcast worldwide. In these, Cousteau took audiences with him
on dozens of expeditions, where he guided us below sea level and taught
us where to look, how to see and why we must preserve. In 1973, he gave
to the Cousteau Society the worldwide, perpetual and exclusive rights to
represent his name, likeness and work. The Cousteau Society carries on
his missions today all over the planet.

Featuring never-before-seen 4K footage from the Cousteau Society’s
archives, Cousteau (wt) will provide audiences a “deep dive” into
the renowned explorer’s remarkable life, revealing the man behind some
of the world’s most significant contributions to marine conservation.
The documentary will begin production this spring and marks the
beginning of a first-look deal between National Geographic and the
Cousteau Society.

“Jacques Cousteau was a conservation pioneer whose advocacy to protect
our oceans dovetails perfectly with National Geographic’s core values,”
said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP of scripted content and documentary films
for National Geographic. “We are honored that the Cousteau Society has
entrusted us with this treasure trove of personal footage. Together with
Liz Garbus, Dan Cogan and Evan Hayes, we hope to create a fitting
tribute to Cousteau’s legacy that will celebrate his life’s work and
unparalleled contributions to oceanography.”

“As a little girl, I watched Jacques Cousteau in wonder and amazement
every Sunday night,” said Garbus. “He brought cameras into a strange,
wild and beautiful world few had ever seen, and nobody else had ever
filmed before. He inspired me to dream and imagine my own unseen worlds.
I want my children’s generation to get to know this transcendent figure,
to dream their own dreams and to be inspired to love and preserve the
natural world just as he was.”

“We are excited to work with National Geographic, Liz Garbus and this
amazing film team,” said Francine Cousteau, president of the Cousteau
Society. “Our goal is to help people understand and appreciate the
fragility of life on our water planet. This film will not only honor
Jacques’ legacy, but also further our message of conservation.”

National Geographic Documentary Films has achieved remarkable success in
a very short amount of time. Most recently, the critically acclaimed
film Free Solo won both the Academy Award and the BAFTA for Best
Documentary Feature — in addition to Cinema Audio Society, Motion
Picture Sound Editors, Critics’ Choice and Cinema Eye wins. In 2017, two
films released under the Documentary Films banner, Jane and LA
92
, made the Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary Feature,
and both won Emmys: LA 92 for Special Merit and Jane for
Best Director and Best Cinematography.

About National Geographic Documentary Films

National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to bringing the world
premium, feature documentaries that cover timely, provocative and
globally relevant stories from the very best documentary filmmakers in
the world. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of
National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between Disney and the
National Geographic Society. Furthering knowledge and understanding of
our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131
years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries,
going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around
the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP
returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic
Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation
and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com,
or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Contacts

Kristin Montalbano, National Geographic, 202-912-3244, kristin.montalbano@natgeo.com

error: Content is protected !!