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I Believe I can Fly (Flight of the Frenchies) is a documentary that is going to make you stomach flip with excitement more than once! The daredevils Julien Millot and Tancrède Melet will wow you with their passion with highlining, a vertiginous combination of climbing, slackline and tightrope walking. The doc is directed, filmed & produced by Sébastien Montaz-Rosset who follows Millot and Melet on a journey to practice and evolve this new sport. From the skyscrapers of Paris via Chamonix to the Verdon Gorge canyon in France, and finally to the spectacular cliffs and fjords of Norway, we get to know Millot and Melet as they train hard and prepare for the ultimate test.
The film was released on the director´s website in November last year where it can be downloaded for € 4.90. According to Katie Moore at Montaz-Rosset Film (the director´s prodcution company), 6000 people have downloaded it. And the film is going places as well. “The film has so far been screened at Grenoble mountain festival, Autrans (award winner), La Rochelle (award winner), Kendal Mountain Festival and it will soon be screened at the following; Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, Vancouver International Mountain Festival, plus festivals in Turkey, Montenegro and various locations in France,” says Moore.
Montaz-Rosset, an athlete himself, has worked a mountain guide and ski instructor. He moved into filmmaking after filming clients working as a mountain guide on mountain excursions and producing an internet snow report from the Charmonix Valley. And there is more to come. Montaz-Rosset and Moore already have another documentary in the making, called One Step beyond, featuring the snowboarder and wingsuit flyer Géraldine Fasnacht. There will also be a second highliners film later this year.
Following is the trailer for I believe I can Fly (Flight of the Frenchies) and One Step Beyond. Just by watching the trailer for I believe I can Fly, one senses the excitement and the feeling of freedom as Millot and Melet fly through the sky. It´s difficult not to be fascinated by their passion for highlining even though it something you would never have the guts to do yourself.
As mentioned earlier, you can download I believe I can Fly (Flight of the Frenchies) from the director´s website and also watch some of his short videos with film tips and more.