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Most know Matthias Giraud as “Super Frenchie” the professional skier and BASE jumper, but not the story behind this inspiring human. Chase Ogden takes us behind the scenes of a sport with no room for error.
Super Frenchie provides an intimate look at the life of professional skier and BASE jumper Matthias Giraud, who stops at nothing to pursue his passion for adventure. The film follows Matthias as he dares ever more dangerous stunts while simultaneously falling in love and starting a family. The story takes a turn when Matthias suffers a catastrophic crash just days before the birth of his first child. After miraculously surviving, Matthias struggles to get back to the sport he loves while grappling with the effects it has on his young family. Ultimately he must decide if his passion for BASE jumping is worth the risk and how far he is willing to go to pursue it. This film uniquely combines the thrills of some of the world’s most extreme sports with Matthias’ personal journey to tell a story filled with both heart and excitement.
Matthias Giraud was born in Évreux, France. He found the love for skiing at only 18 months old and did a high jump at four years old. Giraud gradually increased his challenges from being a competitive ski racer, freeskiing to mountain skiing. The athlete is known for combining BASE jumping with skiing and has led him to several achievements. First ski BASE jump off Mt. Hood, Oregon, Aiguille Croche in Megève, France and Matterhorn, Switzerland.
Super Frenchie is Chase Ogden first feature length directorial debut. He has done several short films like Union Street, The Interrogation and Pie and Whiskey. Ogden has completed projects for prestigious companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, General Electric, National Park Service among several others. From 2006-2009 he participated as co-creator of the Outdoor Storytellers television show for ABC affiliate station in Spokane, WA.
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I had a fun conversation with Matthias Giraud and Chase Ogden via Zoom to talk about how Super Frenchie came together. Matthias spoke in depth about the love of practicing this high risk sport and where is his real high. Ogden shares what inspired him to share Super Frenchie’s story, the challenge of editing beautiful cinematography and the raw part of the documentary. In addition, to Ogden sharing humbling information that came to a surprise that Giraud didn’t know.
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Super Frenchie is available in theaters and On Demand June 4, 2021
Source: LRM Exclusive