Yesterday while perusing the interwebs, I rediscovered a preview for a documentary that I’d watched a few months ago. When I first watched the preview, I remember being quite impressed and intrigued. Moreover, I remember thinking to myself – self, you must see this documentary.
And then I completely forgot about it. Go figure. I blame life and all the other things that happened between my first viewing and yesterday, and the fact that I have a tendency to forget everything unless I write it down somewhere1.
Thankfully – and in spite of my tendency to forget things unless I write them down – I somehow managed to stumble on the preview again. In this particular instance of rediscovery I opted to follow the links provided by the all-knowing and powerful interwebs, ultimately finding myself at the website of one Seb Montaz – the director of said documentary. While he describes his lack of formal training on the website, I have to say that his films are stunning. Breathtaking in fact. And given this, I decided that I had to – HAD TO – purchase the documentary I Believe I Can Fly: Flight of the Frenchies.
I just finished watching it.
Best $6.60 I’ve spent in a while.
The documentary was stunning. Absolutely freaking stunning. The visuals were like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and I found my stomach actually turning a few times while watching because I actually felt like I was there, taking part in the action. Crazy freaking amazing.
But, I think I’m getting ahead of myself. I mean, you’re probably wondering what the hell the documentary was about. Well, this particular piece of cinematic joy chronicled the High Lining and Base Jumping adventures of a group of friends. It also presented the glorious love child of each sport – something the friends dubbed Base Lining2.
I’ve attached the preview below for your viewing pleasure. If you like what you see – definitely purchase the film. At $6.60 it’s probably not much more expensive than renting a movie. You won’t be disappointed. Especially if you like holding your breath while you watch other people do crazy-amazing things that you might consider doing yourself one day. And especially if you like holding your breath while you watch other people do crazy-amazing-are-you-freaking-kidding-me-with-this-shit things that you will never ever consider doing yourself as long as you are part of this mortal coil. Because this film has both of those things.
You’ve been duly warned.
And now I’m going to purchase Seb’s other documentary3 because that’s just the type of crazy man I am.
1 Okay, truth be told – it’s more likely the case that it’s my fault for not writing it down, and not, for example, life’s fault.
2 In short – imagine a 1 inch wide rope – with plenty of bounce and sway of course – suspended between two cliffs. Further, let said cliffs be high enough that if one were to fall, one would either become one with the earth, or one would open a parachute after 3 or 4 seconds to ensure they didn’t become one with the earth.
3 One Step Beyond: The True Story of Géraldine Fasnacht.
- I Believe I Can Fly (Flight of the Frenchies) by Sebastien Montaz (nycnyc.wordpress.com)
- I Believe I Can Fly, A Documentary About Highline Basejumpers (laughingsquid.com)
- Documentary Ideas (atec3326s12.wordpress.com)
- Bully Documentary Looks Heartbreaking and Hopeful [Video] (jezebel.com)
- Documentary Must-Read (sundancenow.com)