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Life Without Death

The Cinema of Frank Cole

edited by Mike Hoolboom & Tom McSorley

Coach House Books
Initial publish date
May 2009
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    May 2009
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His picture can be found in the Guinness Book of World Records, an award Cole was granted after crossing the Sahara desert on a camel. When he was murdered by thieves in Mali during his final crossing in 2000, it took months to positively identify the body, and the killers were never found.Why did he choose to go so far and endure such hardships? That question, addressed through years of training and discipline has led to a singularly luminous oeuvre of films that have spread the name of Frank Cole across the cinematic volume collects voices near and far offering multiple vantages to the rigorous enigma of Frank Cole. There are recollections from his diplomat father, and best friend travel author Richard Taylor. Inspired by Frank's journey, Belgian journalist and filmmaker Ben Vandoorne set off to the Sahara to make his own award?winning movie Incha Allah and he writes about Cole as his ghost companion. The director of Switzerland's seminal Visions du Reel documentary festival weighs in, as well as key French avant?garde theorist, Yann Beauvais. Best selling author Geoff Pevere, multiple?Genie Prize winner John Greyson, Dutch filmmaker Fred Pelon, video legend Steve Reinke, Whitney Biennial fave Julie Murray also offer their thoughts. Each of Cole's movies were lavishly documented, and the book will draw heavily on this photographic archive, reproducing stunning desert vistas and personal encounters in both colour and black and white. The book will also contain Korbett Mathews' award?winning documentary The Man Who Crossed the Sahara, an hour long DVD featuring clips and interviews with those who knew him best.

About the authors

Alex Mackenzie was founder and curator of both the Blinding Light Cinema and the Vancouver Underground Film Festival. He is past editor of Workprint, 250W and contributed to a variety of publications including Take One Magazine and various gallery and festival catalogues and imprints. His media work has screened throughout Europe and North America. He is also an accomplished graphic designer, having worked with, among others, Infinity Features, the National Film Board of Canada, Tabata Productions, Omni Film, and a broad range of film publicity and music CD packaging concerns.

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Tom McSorley is the executive director of the Canadian Film Institute, a sessional lecturer in Film Studies at Carleton University, the film critic for CBC Radio One's Ottawa Morning, and a contributing editor at POV Magazine.

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