This feature documentary „Attention, a life in extremes“, is a critical analysis of the extreme sports theme.
WHY WE NEED YOU
Actually, we have nearly finished our film. But what we want to achieve is to present you one of the most amazing movies with the most amazing shots! In spring, we will shoot a further part of "Attention, a life in Extremes" (planned are 3 days of shooting):
1.5 SHOOTING DAY:
Halvor Angvik and his wings. In High Speed, 1000 frames per second! Another goal we want to reach, something which has never been filmed: What happens with a freediver in 100m depth? What does it look like? We know what happens with the lungs of a freediver (think about the pressure!) and their body in general. But do you know, how it really looks like?
1.5 SHOOTING DAY:
With a special deep sea camera equipment, we want to film world champion free-diver Guillaume Néry in the dark of the sea. Hundred meters under the earth. Without oxygen. Without light. With nothing, but him - Guillaume Nery.
Please spread the word, support us, and make our dream become true :)
THE STORY OF THE FILM
Attention, a life in Extremes, which is based on the stories of three extraordinary men, gives an unusual perspective on the conditions and the extremely increasing expressions of our modern society. We accompany a wingsuit flyer (Halvor Angvik), a freediver (Guillaume Néry) and an extreme cyclist (Gerhard Gulewicz) in their ambitious plan to reach the top of the sports world.
They fly along craggy cliffs, dive without oxygen equipment in the depths of sea and compete during inconceivably exhausting cycling tours an evidence of the undreamed performance of the human body. Modern day heroes.
People who stand out from the crowd through their special skills and extraordinary adventurism to risk the physical and mental transgression of limits. But what makes the heroes do this? Which career did those people experience, who are at the alleged head of a socially recognized elite popularity?
Which events, thoughts and goals make people into adventurers? And are these heroes really as self-determined as it seems at first sight?
As we observe these men pursue their goals, we get to know the environment around them, their companions, but also the critics. The process, the apparatus and the necessary support, which are existential for a sporting success, will be explained. At the same time, however, the difﬁculties of the economic survival and the associated need for contemporary, media stylization will be signiﬁcant.
The personal stories of the three athletes will discuss the social conditions, which was inﬂuential for them becoming the heroes they are now. The machinery behind the popular phenomenon, the economic factor hero myth will not just be illuminated but also critically questioned. The personal side of a modern hero reveals itself in the accompaniment of the athletes.
We get to know the wishes and fears of the family. And we venture one further step in the psyche of the athletes through the inner circle of friends. The question that should be considered through this is the particularity of these people. Do heroes eat, drink and live differently? And what unspoken motives are decisive for the voluntary dance on the blade? Is it the mere desire for fame? For immortality? For an absolute life experience? Or does our increasingly and accelerated world call for extremes? Maybe it is because of the emotional acquisition on the path of self-awareness?
MEET THE CAST
Halvor Angvik, born on 25 June in Oslo.
Halvor Angvik thrilled millions of people around the world with his spectacular videos of wing suit flying: Halvor belongs to an expanding and yet very small group of people who has realized the ancient dream of flying. In a sport where there are no matches, he expanded the boundaries of the imaginable. When asked about the beginnings in one of riskiest sports, he replied:
„I have always had an urge to push myself a little bit out of the comfort zone!“
Halvor Angvik is by no means a suicidal mad person; this shows his very deliberate and thoughtful approach to sporting excellence. His thoughts on this sport and the lessons he draws from these experiences show a picture of a young man who enjoys his existence in this world and gets the most out of his life in an extraordinary way.
„It’s a high risk activity because any single mistake will most likely kill you. But I don’t do this for the risk of itself! To risk your life for the sake of pleasure is something I cannot understand.
Fear is one of the most powerful feelings I experience. I have always liked to challenge that feeling. And the huge reward or satisfaction I get from defying it.
The feeling of freedom I get from hiking and climbing around in the mountain, out of reach of cell coverage and civilization, knowing that I am going to fly off a mountain when I get to the top, gives me an inner peace unmatched by anything else.
Everyday problems are simply left at home in the city and I feel absolutely free. I won’t risk going through my life without living!"
Gerhard Gulewicz, born on 21 May 1967 in Bad Ischl, Austria
Gerhard Gulewicz belongs to the mentally strongest extreme cyclists in the world. In recent years, Gerhard Gulewicz recorded many accomplishments in various races and competitions over long and ultra-long distances. In addition to his world record for the fastest crossing of Australia in 2007, his physical and mental health is showcased by his 7 (!) times repeated participation in the Race Across America, the toughest bike race in the world.
After having won one 3rd and two 2nd places in the Race Across America, his stated goal for 2011 was to win this race. Unfortunately, the Upper Austrian exceeded his personal limits during the dramatic and difficult race and had to give up a few hundred kilometres before the finish line.
Just a few weeks after his comeback, and during his regeneration phase Gerhard Gulewicz announced something that was hard to believe, especially for those who had witnessed his ordeal in the U.S. first-hand.
Going against any regard for physical limits, the athlete is now again in full training for his re-entering the RACE ACROSS AMERICA 2013. His reasons for this may be obvious, but the restlessness with which he pursues his goal of winning this race causes incomprehension among many people.
This repeated task demonstrates exceptional self-sacrifice, which only a few athletes occupy and possess. You can call it determination. Ignorance. Hold on assets. Denial. Dream. The outcome is as uncertain as ever. But the spirit is willing ...!
Guillaume Néry, born on 11 July 1982 in Nice, France
Guillaume Néry is Free Diving World Champion of 2011 and is now one of the world's top free-divers. His interest in diving grew out of a child's curiosity to explore the marine landscapes, which lay directly in front of his doorstep and were yet unknown.
As the result of a bet with a classmate, he discovered his ambitious passion for diving without equipment. This enabled him, according to his own words, to achieve "… The perfect harmony between body and nature”
With the help of very charismatic coach, he perfected the art of free-diving. In 2002, at the age of 20 years, he achieved the world record with a depth of 87 meters. He surpassed this depth in 2004 with 96 meters and then with 109 meters in 2006.
The World Cup of 2011 in Kalamata offered him to become the world’s hero of the depth, where he beat all expectations and became World Champion! After achieving the big goal of becoming one of the best in his field, a process that is accompanied by the constant pursuit of records, he developed, in an on-going process of personal maturation, a new attitude to his sport.
The special experience under water, in line with nature, is more important to him than the greed for records. Guillaume shows this philosophy of living in a self-produced, stunning video, shot at the pit of the deepest ocean hole of the earth, the Dean's Blue Hole. With over 13 (!) million views on YouTube Guillaume Néry reached worldwide fame.
Guillaume uses his international fame to draw attention to the rescue of ocean. In the audio series "Seven Seas Sound Mix for World Oceans Day" Guillaume stands up alongside with personalities like environmental activist David de Rothschild and architect Philippe Starck for the "World Oceans Day".
MEET THE TEAM
DIRECTOR - Sascha Köllnreitner
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - Viktor Schaider
PRODUCER - Carl Hollmann
MARKETING - Doris Perin
PROJECT MANAGER - Hedi Jonsdottir
ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER - Lena Trichtel
CAMERA & POST PRODUCTION - Michael Krischan (aka Mr. Multitasking)
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For general enquiries
Hedi Jonsdottir - Project Manager
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In case our project won’t get fully pledged, we will be very very sad and for the film it would mean, that we will have to give up the icing of the cake - the key to the true beauty of the movie - filming Halvor Angvik’s super wings in high speed and Guillaume Néry’s super fins in the mysterious depth of the sea.
But obviously, the main obstacle might be production delay, which we will overcome with our endurance and passion for making this film happen.
After the project is successfully funded, we still have mountains of distribution to climb. And for every climb, we need someone who secures us - so please help us to spread the word and make Attention, a life in Extreme’s dream become true!
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