Free Film Screenings with a Modern Day Marco Polo

HCPL hosts filmmaker Francis O’Donnell and free screenings of his Emmy®
Nominated Documentary, In the Footsteps of Marco Polo.

Still Photo from the documentary: In the Footsteps of Marco PoloWhat happens when two ordinary guys—one working as a wedding photographer, the other a former Marine turned artist--decide they need a little adventure in their lives? If they are Denis Belliveau and Francis O’Donnell, a 25,000 mile trek across Eurasia retracing the journey of 13th Century adventurer Marco Polo, and a PBS documentary that earns an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming.

This month, Harris County Public Library will host one of those intrepid travelers, Francis O’Donnell, for two free screenings of the film In the Footsteps of Marco Polo to be followed by lively discussions of the journey and the making of the film.
During the two-year journey from Venice to China and back, the pair traveled on foot, horseback, camelback, in jeeps, trucks, boats and trains, and survived everything man and Mother Nature threw at them, including the forbidding Taklamakan Desert, Tajik soldiers, bureaucrats, and border guards.

The website describes the film as “equal parts travelogue, adventure story, history trek and buddy movie. The 90-minute documentary details the duo’s highs and lows as they retrace Polo’s path, weaving footage their often perilous voyage with Belliveau’s award-winning photographs.

Tuesday, November 20. 1:00 PM
Evelyn Meador Branch Library
2400 N. Meyer Road, Seabrook TX 77586

Monday, November 26. 6:30 PM
Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Library
16616 Diana Lane, Houston TX 77062