HD / 2020 / 12:00

During the Cold War, the United States and Soviet Union raced to see which country could dig the deepest hole, but only one found Hell in the process.

The Deepest Hole chronicles the little-known history of the United States and Soviet Union’s Cold-War race to see which country could be the first to penetrate 10 miles into the ground and reach the Earth’s mantle. While neither country completely accomplished their goals, the effort indirectly inspired a now infamous urban legend and one of the earliest examples of “fake news” going viral on the internet.

“While the Space Race, Arms Race, and many other Cold War contests are common knowledge, few know that the United States and Soviet Union competed to see which country could dig the deepest hole.  This lack of awareness is particularly surprising seeing that one of the countries may have inadvertently discovered Hell in the process.”

The Deepest Hole made its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  The project was supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland Oregon.

upcoming and recent screenings:

The Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT (January)

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula, MT (February)

The Spokane International Film Festival (February)

The Portland International Film Festival (March)

The Ann Arbor Film Festival (March)

Treefort Festival, Boise ID (March)

The Florida International Film Festival (April)




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