Meet Jean-Francois Cavelier, Documentary Film Producer

Jean-Francois Cavelier with Arnold Schwarzenegger

Going Green had the opportunity to sit down with Jean-Francois Cavelier. Jean-Francois is producer of Wonders of the Sea among other successful films and documentaries. Narrated by Arnold Schwarzenegger, French ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and his adult children explore the ocean and learn about what puts it at risk.

Jean-Francois, thank you for being here. So first, tell us about what you do. 
I am the founder of True Media Company and the main Feature Film Consultant for Bruber Media Partners for the past 5 years.

Jean-Francois Cavelier and Jean-Michel Cousteau

Tell us a little bit about you and your background: 
Originally from Paris, France, I have more than 30 years of experience in
international film sales and distribution. I have been active these past ten years in
the acquisition and production of media content in China and Latin America as
well as in the distribution of Hollywood content to the global markets. This has led
me to represent and to be involved with several feature film documentaries about
the environment and marine sustainability.

What is a fun fact about you?
I’m the lead singer in a band called “French Accident”.

What was your motivation to get into this industry?
I love movies.

What can the average person do to make a difference?
Little things like not using plastic for example

What positive changes are you seeing?
The efforts of China as a country to reduce pollution in their huge country.

What else have you produced, and what are you currently working on?
I have handled worldwide sales for films such as “The Watcher” with Keanu Reeves, “Camouflage”, “Resurrection”, “Wonders of The Sea” and more. I just finished the shooting of a documentary called “Feathered Serpent”. In “Feathered Serpent”, international archaeologists, historians, businessman, Mayan priests, Forest Rangers, musicians and biologists share with the viewer their point of view and knowledge about the mysticism and sacred meaning of the greatest Deity of the Olmeca, Maya and Mexica cultures” The Quetzal. All of them coming to the consensus that: We humans are destroying planet earth and if we can save the famous bird, the Quetzal, we will help save ourselves. This important message is similar to the one in “Wonders of the Sea” which is about saving the ocean. A beautiful ocean documentary I am currently working on is called “Once Upon an Island”, narrated by Pierce Brosnan. The film tells the story of one of the most incredible places in the planet – one of The Seychelles 115 islands – which is not accessible to humans. It is the tale of an atoll which has risen from the sea six times in the past, only to vanish beneath the waves time after time, taking all life with it.

Watch the trailer for Feathered Serpent.

Jean-Francois, thank you for being here today.

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