In a remote ocean wilderness off the Northern California coast, a man dives alone with large great white sharks. In cold and unforgiving waters he enters a calm and transcendent space where he reflects on his life and his encounters with these mysterious underwater creatures.
Directed by Josh Berry, the short film below captures the calm and stillness of this murky aquatic landscape, where apex ocean predators glide by just out of sight... until they aren't.
"I dive by myself. I like it. It’s quiet. Whatever happens underwater when you break the surface, it puts me in a trance."
Near Miss is a poetic story about the adventures of deep sea urchin diver Ron Elliott, who has been diving with great white sharks for over 30 years. Ron is the only diver to frequent the shark-infested waters of Northern California's infamous Red Triangle.
In October 2017 a short 5-second video surfaced on the Internet of Ron being rammed by a very large shark. That sensational video went viral, appearing on all manner of websites and social media and registering hundreds of millions of views. However, the 'story' that went with the viral video was false and misleading, and Ron remained an anonymous enigma to viewers everywhere.
For the first time ever, Near Miss reveals the true story of what really happened that day between Ron and a very large great white shark. Through gorgeous underwater cinematography and Ron’s insightful, poetic voice, the film explores the unique worldview and motivations of a man who truly has no equal.
This is a meditative and beautiful story about the survival of a man who is at peace with the incredible risks that he takes.