Directed and photographed by Drew Xanthopoulos (The Sensitives), Fathom follows Dr. Ellen Garland and Dr. Michelle Fournet, two scientists focused on the study of humpback whale songs and social communication. As they embark on parallel research journeys on opposite sides of the world, they seek to better understand whale culture and communication. The documentary film uniquely reveals a deep commitment and reverence to the scientific process and the universal human need to seek answers about the world around us. From hypothesis to groundbreaking experiences in the field, Fathom showcases the passion, curiosity, collaboration, perseverance and work it takes for leading scientists to make scientific discoveries.
Fathom joins a lineup of award-winning and critically acclaimed Apple Original films including On The Rocks, from Academy Award winner Sofia Coppola, and starring Rashida Jones and Bill Murray; Oscar, BAFTA, People’s Choice and Critics Choice Super Award-nominated Greyhound written by and starring Tom Hanks; Academy Award-nominated, AFI Fest winning animated film Wolfwalkers; the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Boys State, which also won two Critics Choice Documentary Awards and the SXSW Louis Black Lone Star Award; NAACP Image Award-winner The Banker, a film tackling racial injustice, starring Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson; the Cinema for Peace Award-winning; Anthony and Joe Russo’s new film Cherry, starring Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo; Palmer starring Justin Timberlake, directed by Fisher Stevens; global hit film Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry from director R.J. Cutler; and Critics Choice Documentary Award-nominated The Elephant Queen; and Werner Herzog’s Critics Choice Documentary Award-nominee Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds.