The Films of Frank Cole

The Films of Frank Cole

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Frank Cole (1954-2000) was an award-winning Canadian documentary filmmaker who 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 Guiness Book of World Records, and 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 Frank's two feature documentaries:

Life Without Death (83 minutes, 2000)
A Chronicle of Frank Cole's amazing 7,100 kms camel-crossing of the Sahara Desert grom the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea.

A Life (75 minutes, 1987)
One man, a room, the Sahara. In this symbolically charged film, Frank Cole casts himself in the role of a man on a quest for immortality.

Along with two short works:

The Mountenays (22 minutes, 1982)
Produced by Frank Cole and Ralph Kiers. Vérité 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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