How to Help a French Documentarian

June 7th, 2011

Jean-Baptiste Peretie is a director working on a documentary about geek culture for Arte. (For my fellow Americans: it’s kind of like a European PBS.) You might have seen the documentary’s crew if you were on the floor at Wondercon this year. We were chatting today about how hard it is to get a good, broad sample of people to interview for a study on such a diverse group (and don’t I know it). I offered to help out by trying to put you, my good readers, in touch with him.

If you’re a geek or a nerd and you’d like to be interviewed—especially if you happen to be over 40 years of age and/or are living in Europe—drop JB an email at jbperetie@yahoo.com. European interviewees will be easier for JB and crew to film, of course, but rest assured that you can get away with speaking in English if that’s your only language. (We got on just fine with that this afternoon, which is good, as I speak no French, and my Spanish/Russian/Old Norse skills are rusty at best.) And don’t worry if you’re camera-shy; they’re not only looking for people to film, but even just people to chat with on Skype to help with their research.

So, once again: email jbperetie@yahoo.com to chat about geek culture, and help a French documentarian today.


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7 Responses to “How to Help a French Documentarian”

  1. Dillon White Says:

    Hey there! I’m a 20 year old from Texas. I’m a film major, a huge geek, and a lover of the fanboy culture. I have a set of unique experiences that I think would make me a good contribution to your documentary. I was born into this technological revolution, I’ve seen the rise of the internet, the transition of new advanced hardware for gaming, and essentially this recent change of technology in our World. Contact me if you’d like a good interview.

  2. Jason Tocci Says:

    Thanks for volunteering, Dillon—though it’s not my documentary, so be sure to email jbperetie@yahoo.com!

  3. Jon Araquistain Says:

    I just wanted to post and say that these guys interviewed me back in April for the documentary and it was an awesome experience. They followed me around at work and interviewed me at home then filmed my friends and I playing Dungeons & Dragons. I live in California in the US so I’m not sure if they’re doing any more stuff in North America and sticking to Europe for the rest of production, though.

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  5. ediz Says:

    Hey, just wanted to let you know that the documentary is now online on arte+7 (here : http://videos.arte.tv/fr/videos/la_revanche_des_geeks-6613194.html ). Languages available are german and french.
    I don’t know if arte’s catch-up has country limitations though.

  6. Jason Tocci Says:

    Thanks! I’ll be blogging about this soon.

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