The Films of Frank Cole


Frank Cole


Necessary Illusions Productions Francis Miquet
  • Release Date 2010
  • Running Time 192 minutes
  • Closed Captions No
  • Availability Canada, USA

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The Films of Frank ColeThe Films of Frank ColeThe Films of Frank Cole

Frank Cole (1954-2000) is an icon of independent Canadian filmmaking. He focused his singular vision on the production of a few intense and uncompromising films. This complete collection of his work offers a definitive look into his cinema and life.

In 1990, Frank Cole became the first North American to cross the Sahara Desert alone on camel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. It earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. His documentary, Life Without Death, chronicling the 1990 solo crossing won prestigious awards and was released theatrically in Paris. In 2000, Cole returned to cross the Sahara again. In October he was found, murdered by bandits outside Timbuktu. Frank's editor and colleague, Francis Miquet, has created a tribute to Frank Cole and his work. Miquet has included a 10-page booklet of personal recollections of Frank with the DVD.

This DVD includes:

  • Life Without Death (83 minutes, 2000) a chronicle of Frank Cole's amazing 7,100 kms camel-crossing of the Sahara Desert from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea
  • A Life (75 minutes, 1987) one man, a room, and the Sahara, in this symbolically charged film, Frank Cole casts himself in the role of a man on a quest for immortality
  • The Mountenays (22 minutes, 1982) produced by Frank Cole and Ralph Kiers. Verite snapshots of a rural family in Eastern Ontario and their incredible joie de vivre
  • A Documentary (12 minutes, 1979) an intimate and loving portrait of Cole's grandfather filmed during his grandmother's final struggle with Alzheimer's

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