Pablo Durana Talks Latest Explorer: The Deepest Cave on National Geographic

NEWS x MUSE Hannah Fletcher talks with the director Pablo Durana of National Geographic Explorer: The Deepest Cave.

Renowned caver Bill Stone is on a lifelong quest to go deeper beneath the earth than any human has ever ventured. Deep in the unexplored depths of Cheve Cave in Mexico, his goal is to set a new world record by finding a passage beyond a depth of 7,208 feet – proving once and for all his theory that Cheve is the deepest cave in the world. The expedition has been compared to climbing Everest…but in reverse. The three-month underground journey is a dangerous and highly-technical adventure through over 12 miles of tight, twisting passages. The pressure to conquer the cave will push Bill and the team to the absolute limits of survival and sanity.

“It all started with my sister, a cheap bicycle, a cheaper Handycam and a 4,100 km ride across China. The passion for travel and storytelling exploded, and I never looked back.” Pablo Durana is an Emmy® Award-winning director of photography with high attention to audio, as well as an experienced FAA-certified drone pilot. He seems happiest when the location is remote and the conditions are miserable, but adventure isn’t the only driving element for the trilingual Colombian native.

He also focuses much of his attention on social justice issues. “Documentaries have an incredible ability to educate and to inspire.” It is another big reason he became a cinematographer. Pablo has covered the first all-female Afghan mountaineering team, drug wars and human trafficking in Mexico, climbing in Antarctica, kayaking in Greenland, volcanoes in Vanuatu, American prisons, extreme motocross racing, ivory poaching in Africa and labor abuses in the global food industry.

Watch the Pablo Durana directed, The Deepest Cave now on Disney+ and National Geographic.

Michael Sandoval

Michael Sandoval is the Founder and Executive Producer of MUSE TV, as well as the Producer of NEWS x MUSE, Destination: The Theme Park Travel Show, and he is the Co-Executive Producer of "Hey Han" with Executive Producer and host, Hannah Fletcher. MUSE TV originated as a website covering music and entertainment news in 2012. The company has expanded to YouTube, as well as having its own podcast. One decade later, the MUSE TV Network now exists on Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Sandoval grew up in East Los Angeles, having graduated from Don Bosco Technical Institute. He began his journalism career in junior college where he wrote for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Whittier Star News, covering high school sports. Michael then continued his education at Cal State University, Fullerton in which he worked at KTLA as a production assistant for Kurt the Cyberguy. His journalism career eventually led to the transition into the realm of professional sports- specializing in marketing, sales, event planning and public relations with the National Hockey League, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Galaxy and Los Angeles Dodgers. Michael later crafted a hybrid of his journalism career, combined with his newfound marketing skills to create not only the MUSE TV as a news outlet, but also the MUSE TV Internship Program. This program exists with the mission to help develop the next generation of journalists.

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