After many years of camera work, mostly for commercials or industry film, “La Nioulargue” was the first own documentary in 1991. Subject was the incredible renaissance of the Classic Yachts, the return of high cultural values created by very talented naval architects and fantastic craftsmen. And it was shot in St.Tropez – in its liveliness another reason of interest. Yet German TV stations told me it is a subject that nobody is interested in it. Despite we have quite a sailing community in Germany, despite public TV stations are also obliged to create a program for minorities.
I wanted to know how it is seen by international film-eyes. So I sent it in to Worldfest Houston and visited it personally in April 1993. Some days of excitement, culminating in the Awards Giving Gala Night. The way it developed for me is a story in it’s own. Certainly I was more than happy to receive the “Silver Award”.
A dream came true. Already when shooting this miracle of cultural return. Plus, Angelika and I could live close by St.Tropez in a cabin of friends directly in the trees on top of the beach. I called it Tarzan’s terrace. Cloud 9 – like the “Ultralight & The Anima” – a photograph I was able to take on the Gulf of St.Tropez….