New York, NY, March 11, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- This spring, get ready to be glued to your screen as a new reality mini-series is coming to your laptop. New York filmmakers, Jean-Sébastien Brettes and Melissa Gundlach, and traveling companion Eduardo Fontan, will embark on a three month road trip through Africa documenting their adventures to reach South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Jean-Sébastien Brettes and Eduardo Fontan always reminisce their childhood in Africa, and dreamt of returning one day. With the FIFA World Cup hosted in South Africa this June, it was the perfect opportunity for Brettes, also a football fan and amateur player, to do just that: Travel to Africa at this historical moment where the excitement of the World Cup is drumming throughout the nations.
Brettes, producer and owner of Fire Ants Production LLC (dba Reeltag) in New York City, immediately launched the idea for a reality-documentary miniseries, “We are going to the World Cup”. Together with Melissa Gundlach, a TV and film industry veteran, the course for the reality-documentary was further developed and mapped. Brettes then recruited Eduardo Fontan, friend and NY restaurateur, to be the co-host of “We are going to the World Cup”.
“As a French-born kid brought up in Cote d’Ivoire, I’ll bring a different perspective to viewers versus Eduardo’s as a Gabonese boy growing up in Spain. Our innate fondness of Africa and football harmonizes the story of course, but tension and disputes will undoubtedly arise as with any friends spending every minute that close together for three months,” says Brettes, spokesperson for the crew and show.
Brettes’ father relocated the family from France to Cote d’Ivoire for work, where young Brettes enjoyed many boisterous years there till he was 16. Fontan, on the other hand, was born in Equatorial Guinea to a Spanish father and Gabonese mother. His family moved to Gabon when he was six and then migrated to Europe later in his childhood.
The adventure begins in April, where the crew goes in search of their “Dream Team” of players selected from the six World Cup-qualifying African countries: Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa. En route, they will also visit Togo, Benin, Gabon, and Namibia.
Football, travel, culture, and culinary lovers will be able to watch both hosts exploring each player’s involvements and contributions in his hometown community. They will also enter locals’ daily lives, experience home cuisines; chill at neighborhood hangouts; attempt to score at local soccer games, and bring viewers up-close-and-personal with local celebrations and rituals. Unscripted trifles or disputes with locals or officials, road trip disasters and delays will keep viewers on their toes too.
Part documentary, journalism and reality TV, “We are going to the World Cup” employs a continuous succession of 2-3 min videos to unfold unique stories of Africa. The pilot video will air online starting April 2010 via www.wearegoingtotheworldcup.comor www.wgwc.tv. Videos are updated weekly, and follow the crew from day one in North Africa through to arrival in South Africa in July for the World Cup.
Currently, Brettes and his team are working towards raising additional funds to deliver an extended format of eight 20-min episodes. The extended episodes, when realized, will enlighten viewers with an honest access to the cheers and troubles that define a day in life in Africa.
Brettes adds, “’We are going to the World Cup’ is different from the Travel Channel or National Geographic. We don’t have a script as to what each video and episode must convey. Only when we are on the road, the locals we meet will help define the true script as they tell and share with us their African stories and football dreams.”
Sponsors and partners to-date include Hansaplast – Beiersdorf, Sunshine Suites, and Vroom Media Group. Companies interested in sponsorships may contact Brettes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Vivien Teo at email@example.com. Viewers and fans interested in notifications and details of “We are going to the World Cup” miniseries should visit www.wearegoingtotheworldcup.com or www.wgwc.tv.