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This production started as an exploration of the bicycle as every child’s first taste at flight and freedom. We ended up with a profoundly human look at what it takes to survive a precarious sport and the hardest race in the world, when the world itself was falling apart.

In July 2020, the Tour de France’s organizer, ASO, told our documentary team that we would not be welcome at that year’s Tour. When this polite, yet firm directive was delivered over Zoom, we had been in production for over six months with the team.

So many of 2020’s plans had become casualties of Covid. We refused for our project to be one of them. We embedded a nimble camerawoman (responsible for image, sound, and production) with JV’s team, capturing an insider view of the riders and staff during all 23 days of the 2020 Tour de France. A second team managed production and documented the race, the fans, and the fanfare from the ground, traveling the length and breadth of France.

Image by Connor McSheffrey


Ted Youngs is a filmmaker and artist. Youngs produced “Capturing Everest”, a 2016 virtual reality series which followed a team climbing the world’s tallest peak. This Emmy-winning piece was distributed by Sports Illustrated. Youngs’ narrative video work is in the permanent collection at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center and The Grand Coulee Dam. “Enter the Slipstream” is Youngs’ directorial debut.
Samantha André is an independent director, cinematographer, and editor with a special focus on
social issues around the world. She has directed, produced, or edited projects for VICE, APPLE TV,
PBS, and THE FRONT. She has directed branded documentaries for Twitter, Rapha, and Canyon
Bicycles. She most recently covered the return of the women’s Tour de France for Canyon, in an
upcoming 20 minute documentary. Her documentary work has led her to cover character-driven
stories such as the LGBT refugees in Europe, police brutalities for the ACLU, climate change in
an indigenous Alaskan village, child marriage in Kenya, and disability activism in the US. When
Samantha is not working on a documentary, she can be found hiking mountains, biking, or playing
soccer. She prides herself in capturing human emotion and intimate moments in her films by
creating a real connection with the amazing people in front of her lens.
Alexis Steinman is a storyteller based in Marseille, France. A film and TV costumer for 18 years,
she now crafts compelling content through engaging articles, in-depth portraits, brand narratives,
and documentary film. Her work has appeared in Roads & Kingdoms, Slate, Lonely Planet, Atlas
Obscura, and Time Out.
Matt Rogers is in private practice working as production counsel with independent filmmakers
(Spelling the Dream, Uncle Peckerhead, Furever, Divide in Concord, among others). This is his first
time in the producer’s chair.
Daniel James Palmer is a talented and award-winning editor who has worked extensively in film, television, documentary, shorts, and branded content throughout the US and Europe. He was assistant editor on the Sundance award-winning narrative feature, Dead Pigs (Dir. Cathy Yan, 2018), and has served as lead editor for a number of primetime shows on various networks, including TLC, Travel Channel, and Food Network. He just completed the feature sports documentary, Enter the Slipstream (Neutral ServiceVersus/Visit Films, 2023), and is currently editing a feature about female ultramarathon runners. With a Masters’s degree in Screenwriting, Daniel crafts compelling narratives that aim to inspire and illuminate the human condition.
FILIUS BLUE is a film/tv composer duo, comprised of Colombian-American Alexander Stix-Brunell
and French-Canadian Uriel Vanchestein.

Known for their modern approach to storytelling, FILIUS BLUE’s two founders come from starkly
different musical from high-end production music—previously a composer
in-house at Hans Zimmer’s Emmy-winning Bleeding Fingers Music; the other from the symphonic/
contemporary concert music scene—having composed for the Emmy-nominated Netflix series
Chef’s Table.

FILIUS BLUE recently finished scoring the first season of Hong Kong based crime-series Forensic
Psychologist, distributed by Fifth Season (Endeavor Content). They also composed the soundtrack
for some notable features, such as 45th Parallel, directed by 3x Cannes Gold Lion award-winning
director Alex Grossman, and Dada, directed by award-winning Canadian director Aaron Poole.
Additionally, FILIUS BLUE is honored to have worked with award-winning director Liz Sargent on
her film Take Me Home, which premiered at Sundance 2023 and was officially selected at SXSW.

Alex and Uriel met at USC’s film-scoring master’s program, after having graduated respectively
from Brown University and The Juilliard School.
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