Excerpt of the one phone call that triggered this adventure:
Frank Brody: “Hello Mr Brénichot, your friend Alain Stéfan recently told me about you and your times venturing through the North Pole, and I wondered if you’d accept to be interviewed and have your portrait taken?”
Alain Brénichot: “Hello Frank, of course, it would be my pleasure”
FB: I was told you’re a tracker. What exactly is a tracker?
AB: In a nutshell, my role is to move a day or more ahead of a convoy, in order to find the safest and fastest track that can be followed by the expedition, so everyone can move forward in the smoothest of ways possible in the unforgivingly cold wilderness.
FB: No kidding? It must be so wicked and exhilarating!
AB: Yeah, it’s really incredible, but it’s not so exhilarating when you fall three meters deep in an iced lake, wondering how on earth you’re gonna get out alive.
FB: Aaaaaaah? You’re serious? Three meters deep?
Who has not once dreamed as a child to meet a North Pole adventurer, like the ones depicted in Jack London’s novel; one of these timeless heroes that seem to only exist in works of fiction. The North Pole has countlessly been the center of fascinating expeditions, testing the physical and mental limits of any human being ready to accept a challenge that could prove deadly. We often forget that such epic adventures would not happen but for the existence of genius trackers. Alain Brénichot is such a genius. To meet with this tracker, to hear his stories, to share his experience of a man who’s been alone in the freezing wilderness, to retrace this adventurer’s uncommon life; this is the starting point of “Unsung Hero”. Alain Brénichot is a sweet-hearted colossus, a force of Nature, and by filming this short-documentary, our wish is to make Alain Brénichot’s story known to all of you. A larger than life character, a lover of Nature that must be brought out of the shadows and into the light, Alain’s message will be recorded by the team of “Unsung Hero” for the generations to come.
In order to film Alain Brénichot’s epic story, our team will gather in the South West of France (Dordogne), the starting point of the expedition “Unsung Hero”, and drive to the region of Vercors (South East). We will stay in Vercors for five days, a time during which we will record Alain Brénichot’s story on visual and audio formats. Our team will also compose and record the music score for this documentary. Parallel to the broadcast of “Unsung Hero” on Youtube and Vimeo, our dream is to get Alain Brénichot’s uncommon and magical story played on screen during film festivals.
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