Thursday, March 4, 2010
Sacre bleu! If RLSHs ever need back up, they can turn to the citizens of France, who apparently love the RLSH story.
I got an early indication of this at the Superheroes Anonymous 3 conference in New Bedford, where I discovered my four media colleagues were all reporting en français. There was a lady journalist named Aurelia Perreau who drove me wild a la Gomez Addams with her French accent, along with a photographer who were there covering the story for a French magazine. There were two cameramen who were also there, unaware of the other party filming footage for a French TV news magazine which translated to 66 Minutes (the French apparently prefer an extra 6 minutes of footage).
[By the way- has anyone seen the final products of these endeavors? Because I haven't and would like to see them. I tried a google search, but didn't come up with anything.]
At SA3, the 3 French cameramen were going absolutely nuts trying to grab footage- running, jumping, climbing, crawling, circling, doing trick shots off car window reflections, extreme close ups, longshots,and bird's eye and worm's eye shots, all with cigarettes dangling out of their mouths. I mean some of their moves were like parkour stunts!
I can vouch for Zetaman doing a heroic deed, here. And that is possibly saving three French journalist's lives by shouting at them to get out of the street as they tried to get shots in the often unfriendly New England traffic zooming by.
At the official SA3 dinner at the Waterfront Grille, I had a couple of drinks with the four journalists who seemed equal parts excited and bewildered. The next day I arrived at the SA3 food drive event (with rapper Tem Blessed) and saw a woman setting up a camera, talking American English. Ah-ha I thought, another Yank journalist. The irony, though, was that she was a Washington, DC correspondent for Agence France-Presse which is the French version of the Associated Press!
Besides this, I know Zetaman has met with a French television show before, who also met with Captain Jackson.
The country has produced two RLSH that I know of- Wolfram, who I haven't spoken with and Le Vigilant who I've done an e-mail interview with. He is just starting out in the city of Avignon, studying, assembling a costume, etc.
I mention all this because I've been in contact with a French photo journalist who came across this blog. He is very excited to take a cross country trip, hoping to photograph as many RLSH as he can, for photo essays in some French magazines, with a possible subsequent showing of his work in a French art gallery.
He's shown me some links to his work, it looks pretty awesome and he's had a lot of work published in some major French magazines.
He plans on traveling approximately June 15- August 12. He plans on hitting the East Coast, Midwest, and West Coast. He thinks he will start in New York, a logical beginning for any cross country trip with easy access to other East coast cities.
Next, he'll be heading toward Milwaukee, where I plan to meet with him and introduce him to the Milwaukee crew (if they're up for it) and he could possibly hit up some other Midwestern cities while he's in the area. Lastly, he'll be going to the West coast. He likes Portland for a starting point there.
Sounds like a grand RLSH adventure. If you would like to be documented by him, send him an e-mail. He'll be glad to hear from you.
His name is Pierre-Elie de Pibrac.