“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit lies the answer to the mystery of why we climb.” – Greg Child
The promise of five uniquely compelling stories led my camera out the door again this spring and once again we thought, who are we not to follow? Though our Boston Terrier JB would tend to disagree, we’ve found that extended time away makes coming home all the sweeter. This spring, our journey began with our time in India finishing principal photography for my forthcoming documentary THE STARFISH THROWERS and then spanned five countries as we continued our campaign for the University of Minnesota, creating four short films that tell the story of some remarkable alumni of the U’s Carlson School of Management. The last of these stories brought us to Switzerland and as we wrapped 14 days of back-to-back production on a Friday, an Alpine retreat was calling our names something fierce that Saturday. My wife Jen had been here before and knew of the magic of a place called Lauterbrünnen.
Within and above the most picturesque valley the imagination can conjure, rests a small alpine village that fills your lungs with the freshest of air while it fills your head with visions of another way of living. The term “quaint” (attractively unusual or old fashioned by way of Merriam Webster) could be considered a starting point to describe the vibe of this mostly indescribable village. And for those who wish to adventure further, a cable car is waiting to whisk you and 70-80 other passengers to greater heights to the pedestrian only village of Mürren or all the way to the very top of the Shilthorn where James Bond memorabilia awaits at the very spot they filmed On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
But as much of Bond fan as I am, we weren’t there for the action film hoopla. We were there to slow down and were immediately taken with the unique beauty of a place that reminds us of no where else we’ve ever been but that welcomed us with a pot of fondue and an Alpine smile. And that was more than fine by us.