Alex Fortineau, Aurélien Loevenbruck, and Théo Reynal in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

Alex Fortineau, Aurélien Loevenbruck, and Théo Reynal in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

Aurélien Loevenbruck

Aurélien Loevenbruck

Aurélien Loevenbruck

My interest in film began at a very young age. I do not know exactly when and where this passion came from. But it has increased since 2008, as I lived each day for video and film. Today, I am 100% focused on it, since I am now a student at ESRA, the audiovisual school.

I’m mainly passionate about image, especially the frame. My previous short films are very visual. I love careful framing and beautiful landscapes. But creating stories and telling them again on the screen is also something that I really like.

The project in America excites me because I’ve always been fascinated by this country, its culture, its people, its landscapes and its history. This project is very ambitious, and I want to make it happen. It is a new challenge that I want to address, and we will succeed, together.

Alex Fortineau

Alex Fortineau

Alex Fortineau

I started making videos early, with a childhood friend, Emily. At first it was to have fun, then we wrote several “real” short films for amateur film festivals. I took the cinema and audiovisual option in high school. It was obvious for me to continue in this direction. So I went to ESRA after my degree, where I met Aurélien and Théo.

What fascinates me in the cinema is the ability to distract the viewer within 5, 10 or 90 minutes — everything that surrounds him, telling a story that he won’t forget. The script is something I think is of great importance, as it is, for me, the soul of the film. I love to write, to direct, and to edit.

The project in the United States is incredibly interesting because it will allow me my first visit to a country that attracts me a lot. In addition, I love working with Aurélien and Théo. This project is obviously the most important that we’ve ever undertaken, and at this stage of our studies, it is very important to our professional lives.

Théo Reynal

Théo Reynal

Théo Reynal

I always liked making videos when I was in high school (surfing, windsurfing…) but it was arriving at ESRA that I really understood what the cinema is. Before, I was a little interested, now I love it and I watch many more movies.

Moreover, the framing and lighting is what I love most, composing a frame and the light, trying to add my touch to the image. It’s not obvious, but it’s really fascinating.

The project in the United States excites me because it’s something new: a unique and wonderful experience that will be a highlight of my life. What we’re about to do is a challenge… and that’s what’s motivating! Meeting new people, new landscapes, new cultures… all this is also part of the adventure.

The production team for The Ground Beneath Our Feet also includes two talented musicians Quentin Martiny and Augustin Millot. They are great guys with whom we have worked on earlier projects. (Augustin has a special love of the banjo, so we’re expecting American string music will make an appearance in the film.)

Augustin & Quentin

Augustin Millot and Quentin Martiny


Théo Poussard and Benoit Hauton are the sound designers on the project. Their work is awesome and pristine.

Seán Collins is our American producer. His background is in radio and he loves the history of the French in his hometown of Saint Louis. (Joyeux anniversaire Saint-Louis ! 250 years and you’re looking great!)

Beryl Lemon is our language consulatant and “script girl.” She is a longtime educator in Saint Louis and helps the team with nuanced translations of our production notes and the script.

Joe Newberry, a Missouri native, is a scholar and performer of American string music. He is a music consultant for the film.

Photographer Kent Phelan will document the film behind-the-scenes.

Hamel, Illinois. © Kent Phelan

Hamel, Illinois. © Kent Phelan



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