Higher Ground (Short)

A Documentary exploring South Carolina's Seven Wonders and the local impact of a changing climate.

After leading environmental expeditions to all continents and dives in all of the world’s oceans, a South Carolina native returns home in response to the state’s increasing floodwater devastation, inspiring local action while exploring and protecting the state’s natural wonders and fragile ecosystems.

  • Alexander Kreher
    Director
    Street Dreams, Zoe Goes Running
  • Sylviane Na
    Producer
  • Tom Mullikin
    Key Cast
    The Whole Truth
  • South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
    Funded by
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Environment
  • Runtime:
    49 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 22, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    47,900 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Walhalla Performing Arts Center
    Walhalla, SC
    United States
    July 1, 2021
    Green Carpet Premiere
  • Newberry Opera House
    Newberry, SC
    United States
    July 14, 2021
  • Universidad del Desarrollo
    Patagonia
    Chile
    December 1, 2021
Director Biography - Alexander Kreher

Alex is an award-winning documentary director whose work explores global themes in local stories. A native of East Germany with over 12 years of professional filmmaking experience, he launched Ost Haus, a production company dedicated to creating meaningful films that inspire viewers past listening into action. His passion for outdoors and adventure translates into his short-film work, capturing stories such as Zoe Romano’s self-supported run across the USA and, three years later, when she became the first person in history to run the world-famous, 2,000 miles long Tour de France on foot. Alex holds a BA in Film from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Director Statement

My goal for this project was not just to document an expedition following Tom Mullikin and his team across the trails of South Carolina as they reach and explore the State’s National Geographic recognized Seven Wonders. More importantly, I wanted to capture what these wonders have to say. Now more than ever, this voice needs to be heard, as sea levels rise, and South Carolina battles a changing landscape with increasing severe weather. Using visual and aural tools the viewer will be immersed into the changing landscape as if they are hiking alongside the explorers, “listening” to what the surroundings have to offer.

This project has been funded by South Carolina National Heritage Corridor