It’s a meeting at the top of the big trees with the famous tropical forest botanist, Francis Hallé, which changes the life of documentary maker Luc Marescot.
Eager to participate in the botanist’s fight to save the great forests, Luc made twelve documentaries, from the Amazon to Papua New Guinea, including Gabon and the Congo. Today it is in the production and the realization of a cinema film, of an ecological thriller, “The Botanist” that he proposes to you to embark. An ambitious adventure to “do your part as a hummingbird” in the fight for a better environment.
Luc Marescot, screenwriter, cinematographer, and multi-award-winning director (recently nominated for the Emmy Awards in New York) clearly identifies his desire to discover the nature that hides beyond horizons the day his father – one of the helicopter pilots of the polar explorer Paul-Emile-Victor – projects images of a slalom in the middle of the icebergs in the family lounge. His father had filmed this white waltz with a small Super 8 camera still attached to the interior of his helicopter. Luc is seven years old and he takes a visual slap that will influence all of his life choices.
It multiplies long-term expeditions around the world. With three friends they repair two old Traction Citroën, transform them into offices, create a traveling press agency and leave to report for two years around the world, across five continents, by self-financing.
Nicolas Hulot spots them. Luc joined Ushuaia’s team as a cameraman, then a director, and worked for more than twenty-two years on the legendary show. This allows him to discover all the ecosystems of our planet, and to continue as a documentary filmmaker with other great defenders of nature. He films in the Mauritanian desert for two months the last camel ride of Théodore Monod, then dean of the Museum of Natural History in Paris, leaves for four months on a scientific expedition with Jean-Louis Etienne on the Clipperton Atoll, goes up with a group of hard of hearing the traces of the explorer Ernest Shackleton on the subantarctic island of south Georgia, dives with the biologist Laurent Ballesta and his team of divers in the middle of a pack of 700 sharks in the atoll of Fakarava; without forgetting his family with whom he left seven months from Africa to New Zealand, after dropping his children out of school to offer them another school: that of nature.
Today, convinced that documentaries are mainly watched by people who are already convinced, he offers the members of Somewhere Club the adventure of cinema, to produce a thriller “The Botanist” and more widely pollinate the message of botanist Francis Hallé, touch spectators through emotion, and participate in changing behaviors.