Photograph ©Scott Rogers
for E.O.F.T. – European Outdoor Film Tour 2017/18
Production Company: HelliVentures
shot on location in Moab, Utah / USA
Steph Davis has never been good at stalling important decisions. Her way of life resembles her climbing style: uncompromising if possible, but always willing to take a step back when necessary. In her early twenties she quit law school. It was the start for a life on the road, a life devoted to climbing and basejumping that would suit her so much better than the ordinary life her parents might have dreamed of.
Success proved her right: Steph Davis is the first woman to summit all pinnacles of the Fitz Roy Massif in Patagonia, the first woman to free climb the Salathé Wall on El Calpitan in Yosemite Valley and the first woman to free solo a route graded 5.11 – without a rope, without protection. By now she has moved from her house on four wheels into a house with four walls. It’s situated in Moab, in the middle of the Utah desert, not far away from the imposing sandstone walls with its endless climbing and basejumping possibilities.
Steph Davis is fully aware of the fact that she is living a life on the edge. Four years ago she lost her husband Mario Richard on a joint wingsuit jump in the Dolomites. Also her first husband Dean Potter died on a wingsuit jump in 2015. And despite her losses, Steph won’t let go of her dream of flying – and she shares this passion with her partner Ian.
“Sharing the sky”
for Red Bull TV
shot on location in La Cumbre, Argentina
Andy Hediger’s Fight for Flight
Multi-discipline aerobatic pilot and Red Bull Acro Team member Andy Hediger was born to fly. But a near-fatal crash means that even walking again may be a miracle. Now Andy must fight his way back to health if the hopes to return to the sky.
“Dare to soar – flying with the condors”
for “eXplorers – Adventures of the century” I Red Bull Media House
Production Company: HelliVentures
shot on location in Peru
A non-fiction documentary about the two world class paragliders Hernán Pitocco and Horacio Llorens and their attempt to follow wild condors from the Pacific Coast up to the condors’ breeding ground in the Peruvian Andes.
“Jäger des Augenblicks – Ein Abenteuer am Mount Roraima”
“Roraima: Climbing the Lost World” (Int. title)
shot on location in British Guyana and Venezuela
Climbing partners Kurt Albert and Holger Heuber don’t know what they’re in for when they join competitive climbing superstar Stefan Glowacz for an expedition to Mt. Roraima, a steep-walled South American peak shrouded in both rainforest and legend.
To climbers, Mount Roraima is one of the ultimate challenges. The iconic mountaintop plateau sits on the border of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, and towers above the jungle, taunting those who dare to attempt its sheer 400m walls.
“The children of Toxic City – Garbage, Greenbacks, Gangsters”
A TV Documentary on Sustainability
shot on location in Accra I Ghana and Hamburg I Germany
Black plumes of smoke rising from the e-waste dump are visible from afar. The scenery is apocalyptic. Computer monitors, printers, keyboards, televisions, car batteries even whole refrigerators are piled up high.
The UN estimates that 20-50 million tons of e-waste are produced annually around the world. Some of the European and US waste ends up in Western Africa. Containers full of used computers are shipped via Hamburg or Antwerp to Accra where they land in Ghana‘s biggest port, in Tema. When it can be de- termined right away that the equipment is defective – and that is usually the case – then it goes directly to the scrap yard in Agbogbloshie.
After the goods that land in Agbogbloshie are stripped, the search begins for the treasure hidden inside the broken computers. The aluminum, copper and lead is exchanged for cash. Middlemen have set up shop right in the scrap yard itself. Once the metal parts have been weighed, the dealers pay the workers. A kilo of copper – a couple of pounds – brings in one or two US dollars.
Personal note: My work during that documentary shooting, the place and the kids of Agbogbloshie became the inspiration for a fictional 90 min. screenplay I wrote. The screenplay “BEKHAM – made in Africa” – was developed during a one year Master Class at the Filmhaus Babelsberg and has been part of the Pitch Forum at the FEST – New Directors New Films Filmfestival in Espinho, Portugal in 2015 and enters now the stadium of financing it. If you like to know what Agbogbloshie is about, watch the mood film on vimeo.
“70 Grad West”
TV Documentation about
the cross country motorcycle journey of Jan Josef Liefers and Tobias Langhoff from Lima I Peru to Ushaia I Argentina
traveling Ecuador I Peru I Bolivia I Chile I Argentina