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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I Believe I Can Fly


Have you guys seen this astounding trailer for I Believe I Can Fly, a 40-minute documentary about a group of insane French guys? They created "skylining," a new European sport that combines tightrope walking, slacklining and base jumping. They walk tightropes across skyscrapers in Paris, gorges in southern France and fjords in Norway. They do cartwheels right off mountains. They're caught by safety ropes or parachutes--although at the end, one guy does a spine-tingling "solo" without any safety equipment, just himself, balancing on a one-inch rope. YIKES!

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62 comments:

Suse said...

Egads. That would so not be me. I'll have to find thrills elsewhere!

Diana Mieczan said...

I've watched this trailer a few times lately as I can't get over the awesome views and the incredible bravery. Have a great day, Joanna. xo

Joanna Goddard said...

yes, that would never be me!! :)

macaca grava por cima said...

in life, i suffer from one only irrational fear: hights!!! I cannot watch these things without hiperventilating...

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Makes me so nervous just watching this. Crazy guys indeed!

macaca grava por cima said...

"I believe I would die!!!"

Wendy said...

This freaks me out just from the photo alone. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it's cool but - Yikes!

Haley Rogers said...

Yes! So weird. this is already in my weekend link post for friday. Love it though!!

Lilacs In May said...

Encroyable - as the French have it...

love+cupcakes said...

The trailer alone made my stomach hurt, I don't think i could ever sit through the whole 40 minutes. I'm terrified of heights!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

eeeks that made my palms sweat!! looks so scary!

vanessa (the gal) said...

these guys are NUTS! but SO entertaining! i'll definitely be watching this one. thanks!

x0, vanessa (the gal)

http://fashiongalfireman.blogspot.com/

Unknown said...

Don't think they invented skylining. American rock climber Dean Potter has been combining slacklining and base jumling, as well as slack lining and free soloing for a couple years. There's a film out about his craziness too!

Unknown said...

Whoops I meant base jumping and free soloing, not slacklining and free soloing.

meredith lockhart said...

I haven't seen this one but it seems to be a lot like Man on Wire. Eeks, those types of documentaries make me nervous just watching them!!

chanel said...

I have seen this trailer and it totally makes my stomach turn. My husband however wishes he could base jump like this. NO thanks!


xo chanel
http://bywayofney.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

can we talk about how cute they are? HELLO!

natalie said...

I was watching that this weekend during our Vimeo marathon. I'm not a big fan of "almost dying" hobbies. Freaks. Me. Out.

Mieko said...

wowza! definitely not my thing. I like being on the ground too much.

Sealed With A Kay said...

That is amazing! I love skydiving, but this looks nuts!!!! :D Thanks for sharing!

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Erica Herold said...

How terrifying and invigorating at the same time! I definitely want to see it.

Mary Sue said...

I rock climb, so I am used to being up high, but this freaks me out! It is filmed beautifully though, thanks for sharing!

jazminvee said...

OMG just watching this freaks me out and gets me high on adrenaline.

Lauren Kent said...

this looks amazing!

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, natalie, agreed!!

Joanna Goddard said...

anonymous, i know. super super cute. and french. kind of a slam dunk :)

Jennifer said...

My hubby and I just watched this the other day. Now he's all inspired to get his own slack line and hook it up in our yard. oh my:)

~Jennifer
www.horaceandmae.etsy

Sarah said...

A part of me wants to show this to my husband because I know he'd love it, but the other part of me is scared because i"m afraid he'll want to join the Frenchies and then there goes my husband lol.

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

Magda said...

Oh my god that was amazing!
I'm kind if afraid of heights and I was holding on to my chair even watching the video. I can't even imagine what it must feel like been on that rope!
Thanks for this Joanna!

Nuha said...

there is absolutely nothing that would make me do this...and to think they're laughing..aghh!

Daniela said...

I'm on the edge of my seat... *faints*

Jennifer said...

my palms literally started sweating when i watched this! looks awesome :)

Chase, Paige, baby Link said...

oh this is insane and so amazing!

Jamie said...

omg i got serious vertigo with some of those shots. people are crazy!

Anonymous said...

my tummy still feels funny...

Jhan said...

My heart was beating rather fast while watching this trailer. Gaaahh!

Lili said...

OMG that's insane! Both in a good and in a bad way! O_O

Alissa said...

This looks like a beautiful film! It also makes me grateful that I can find my "thrills" in safer ways, you know? :)

seems said...

insane & courageous!

Ballad of Seasons said...

haha that's really creazy! I'm living in the mountainous region of France: French Alps, and you know what, when monday comes, the only things that these French dudes talk is the VTT (mountain biking), skiing (if there is snow), hiking, jogging, climbing, jumping and bunch of mountain related sports lol after I had the opportunity to go to the Alps a few times for hiking, I understood them better, the Alps are amazingly beautiful, they are born into this life style...

xoxo, Betül

Virginia said...

Awesome!
And the band playing in the background is one of my faves! It's a Canadian band called Rural Alberta Advantage. Check'em out if you liked the tune.

melissab said...

double yikes!
imagine being the mother of one of these guys. aghh!
gorgeous and exciting. (understatement on the exciting).

Åse said...
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Åse said...

thanks for sharing Joanna! here's a promotial video for Nordhordaland (a part of Norway) that my director-friend just made. It is hillarious and has some amazing natur in there too! I hope you like it (and care to share it with others!) http://www.gadling.com/2011/11/14/video-of-the-day-from-nordhordland-with-love/

claire-elisa said...

For some strange reason I always think of their mother's and feel sorry for them. Why risk life for this, can't he just at least wear the dam parachute!

Beth from Tres Bien Ensemble said...

I admire their carefree and courageous spirit, and the scenery is stunning ... but I wouldn't breathe the entire length of the film!

T. said...

Omg. I could hardly watch the trailer! I'm totally terrified!!

Emily said...

Good gracious, my heart was in my throat just watching this! I can't stand heights, I'd be a wreck just being that high up on the mountain! These men are so brave, and this documentary looks amazing. (:

Emilie said...

slacklining in itself is hard. i can't wait to see this. incredible.

http://midwestfreedom.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Yikes. I am dizzy and shaking. Nuts!

Slightly Smiling said...

Watching this is getting all the adrenaline pumping through me. I'd love to try something like this sometime, though a little less extreme perhaps. But, wow, the view up among all that fog is just incredible

Nomadic D. said...

Whoa. Terrifying and insane. Certainly got my adrenaline pumping and I'm just sitting here at my desk in my fluffy robe drinking coffee. That's about as adventurous as I need to be though.

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

Mandy Koster said...

Bbbrr the palms of my hands are already wet.. Too scary for this girl!

X Mandy


http://mandykoster.blogspot.com/

Meg said...

If you liked that, you absolutely need to check out this:

http://vimeo.com/29026356

3 American women in Utah combining slacklining, base jumping and rock climbing. So inspiring. I get chills everytime i watch it- I would love to try it!

Tabitha @ glitter and ganache said...

I'm not sure if I could ever do it- but it's so inspiring/invigorating to watch.

I love towards the end of the trailer when the girls are just laughing sort of hysterically- I imagine upping the stakes like that would lead to all sorts of interesting emotional reactions.

So so cool. Thanks!

Masha said...

Oh my goodness. I feel more alive just watching them! I'd never do that for real, but I would definitely watch. :)

dorothy said...

these guys are insane!

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Courtney said...

OoohMG!

Heldine said...

OMG - I wanna watch this too! I'd be interested in trying it, but I have to be very very VERY sure it's safe! XP

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