Documentary Explores Free Diver Audrey Mestre’s Fatal Attempt to Break Tanya Streeter’s World Record
The next film in ESPN Films and espnW’s Nine for IX series, No Limits, will premiere on Tuesday, July 23, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The film, directed by Alison Ellwood, will be the fourth film to air in the series, currently broadcast every Tuesday night through July and August.
No Limits, which premiered as an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival in April, raises questions regarding Audrey Mestre’s infamous last attempt to beat Tanya Streeter’s free dive record in the Canary Islands. As a teenager, Audrey Mestre suffered from scoliosis, but in those formative years, she discovered a passion for the ocean. It offered her a sense of freedom, and the burdens she faced on dry land soon dissipated as she slipped below the surface.
In the final stages of her PH.D., Mestre was drawn to Cabo San Lucas where she became infatuated with free-diver Pipin Ferreras, a Cuban defector whose dives had put him at the forefront of the sport. The two became a couple and Mestre followed the elusive, often raucous Pipin on his almost spiritual quest to push his limits underwater. Soon enough, Mestre moved from support team member to ardent free-diver and then to a world-class competitor who outshone her husband.
In 2002, after news arrived that a rival female diver named Tanya Streeter had successfully gone to a record-breaking 525 feet, Pipin began preparations for Mestre to make a 561-foot dive off the coast of the Canary Island. Having completed practice dives even deeper in the weeks leading up to the record attempt, Mestre was prepared. But on that fateful day, Mestre dove deep and never resurfaced alive.
Alison Ellwood is an award winning documentary director, producer and editor. Most recently, she directed a feature-length documentary about the rise and demise of the classic American rock & roll band, “The History of the Eagles.” Other feature-documentary film credits include producer/editor for Gibney’s Academy Award nominated “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.” Alison’s television documentary directing credits include the Emmy Award winning series “American High,” “The Travelers” and “Sixteen.” She has also edited award winning films for Bill Moyers, American Experience, the Discovery Channel, Sundance Channel, Showtime and HBO.
The remaining films in the Nine for IX series on ESPN will air 8 p.m. ET as follows (Digital screeners available upon request):
July 30: Swoopes
August 6: The Diplomat
August 13: Runner
August 20: The ‘99ers
August 27: Branded
Films that have already aired in the series are Venus Vs., Pat XO, and Let Them Wear Towels. All Nine for IX films will be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon the day following air. A collectible DVD gift set with all films will also be available on October 15, 2013.
Follow the Nine for IX series on twitter at @30for30 and @espnW. Fans can join the conversation with the hashtag #NoLimits.
About Nine for IX
ESPN Films and espnW present Nine for IX, executive produced by Robin Roberts and Jane Rosenthal, featuring nine documentary films about women in sports directed by Oscar-nominated, Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning female filmmakers. Inspired by the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the series will air over nine consecutive Tuesdays on ESPN at 8 PM ET beginning July 2, 2013. Stories include Venus Williams fight for equal pay at Wimbledon, the largely unknown history of Katarina Witt and her link with East Germany’s secret police, an intimate look at Pat Summitt—college sports’ most successful coach ever, and the business of sex in the marketing of female athletes. For more information and summaries visit: Nine for IX Media Kit