With their new project, Oxygen, Olympic athletes and innovators of sport cinematography Dave McMahon and Lise Meloche, have turned their focus and talents to women in outdoor sports.
The feature length film captures seventy-seven elite female athletes in twenty-seven outdoor sports, over four seasons. The women represent triathlon, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, adventure racing, mountain biking, trail running, track, fat bike, parkour, rowing, obstacle racing, life-saving, white-water paddling, kayaking, climbing, canoeing, dance, figure-skating, roller-skiing, cycling, biathlon, aerobatic pilot, wing-walker, F1 race car driver, etc.
“By the age of 6, girls start to underestimate their abilities in sport, and by age 17, 83% of them will quit all physical activity.”
“We are passionate about this project and dedicated to creating significant opportunities for women and girls in sport, because the statistics are not in their favor,” said the filmmakers. “By the age of 6, girls start to underestimate their abilities in sport, and by age 17, 83% of them will quit all physical activity. Female athletes receive 0.5% of sponsorship and prize money, and in 2015, young girls are still not allowed to play some sports. It’s time for a change.”
Oxygen’s striking visual narrative is enhanced by poignant interviews with inspirational role models, some from history, others from today, but all women you should know.
In addition to the stunning cinematography, athleticism, fast-paced action, exquisite natural beauty and unsurpassed talent, the film is synchronized to contemporary soundtracks by female artists, making Oxygen a unique and immersive film experience.