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4993 Feet Under

4993 Feet Under is a mesmerizing exploration of the tragic Deepwater Horizon oil spill, capturing the final moments of a dying humpback whale and paying tribute to the lives affected by the largest marine oil spill in history.

Produced by

Te-Hsing Lu and Calvin Sin

Directed by

Ina Chen

Project Description

“4993 Feet Under” is an innovative exploration of the intersection between cinema and real-time technology. Utilizing a hybrid documentary approach to depict the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

This spectacle chronicles the entire life cycle of a Whale Fall. Audiences embark on a poignant journey, witnessing the final moments of a dying humpback whale descending 4993 feet below the surface, where the Macondo Wellhead's oil leak occurred. Savage, exquisite, and poetic, the experience forms an elegy for the lives lost and shaken by the largest marine oil spill in history.

This project was completed in real-time game engine.

About the Director

Ina Chen is a visionary director and creative technologist who seamlessly blends art and technology to explore and document speculative scenarios. With a background in real-time production and collaborations with Academy Award-winning VFX studios, Ina has honed her expertise in pushing the boundaries of traditional filmmaking.

Her latest project, "4993 Feet Under," showcases her innovative approach to storytelling. Using real-time technology, Ina takes viewers on a mesmerizing journey into the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Through this groundbreaking documentary, she sheds light on the environmental impact of the disaster, offering a unique perspective that captivates and inspires. 

Screening Details

Project Runtime


Programming Block

Quantum Realities: A Cinematic Exploration of the Surreal

Screening Day & Time

May 05, 3:00 PM

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