|Into the Deep: America, Whaling & The World|
|Written by||Ric Burns|
|Directed by||Ric Burns|
|Narrated by||Willem Dafoe|
|Theme music composer||Brian Keane|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||120 minutes|
A film chronicling the American whaling industry from its origins in New England in the 17th century, through the golden age of deep-sea whaling, up to its decline following the Civil War. Narrated by Willem Dafoe, this film binds the story of American capitalism on the rise with a case study in maritime culture. The fate of the whaleship Essex—which set sail from Nantucket in the summer of 1819—is interwoven with the story of a young Herman Melville, whose own imaginative voyage into the deep would give rise to one of the greatest works of American literature, Moby Dick.
Awards and nominations
- 31st News & Documentary Emmy Awards (2010) - Outstanding Nonfiction Series (nominated) 
- History Makers Nomination Best History Production
- International Documentary Association Awards Nomination
- "Nominees for the 31st Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards" Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "Into the Deep: America, Whaling & The World". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- Steeplechase Official Site
- Mike Hale's review in The New York Times
- Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World at IMDb