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Alpine Documentation
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Alpine and foreign Cultures

Johannes Köck
Johannes Köck was born in 1959 in Innsbruck and studied tourism at the Bundeskolleg and at the University of Innsbruck. After collecting professional experiences in diverse sections of tourism and leisure-time services in Austria, Germany, Italy, France and the USA, he joined the “Tirol Werbung” (Tyrol Promotion) more than 20 years ago and was responsible for leadership positions in marketing and communication. Since 1998 he manages the regional film promotion service “Cine Tirol” that has attracted more than 150 film production companies from all over the world to the “heart of the Alps”. The film “Tirol – Land im Gebirg” by Georg Riha and Philip Glass, which was produced thanks to Köck’s initiative, has been awarded numerous international prizes. His journeys took him to North America, Hawaii, Australia, India and Nepal and his favourite interests – as he describes it – are: “Petramattiasgabriel, flying a kite, trekking with snow shoes, writing children’s books, mountain biking, visiting small theatres, skiing in springtime, telling stories and going to the cinema.”

Harry van Rijswijk
Harry van Rijswijk was born in 1954 in Utrecht (Holland). He is a consultant for international projects and worked between 1998 and 2003 in Brazil. In the film industry he worked for several years as sound engineer and cutter. His last film about the Paragliding World Championships in Spain was completed in 1997. He flies a paraglider since 1987 and decended from several high peaks in the Alps and in Nepal. For few years he was a glider instructor with a Swiss license, and worked 14 years as “Outward Bound” trainer in Holland and in the USA. He is also a climber and mountaineer since 1976 and has been on many expeditions to Alaska, USA, Africa, India and Nepal. In Belgium he explored several caves and holds a cave guiding license. His credo as a climber always was: “The way to the top is more important than the top itself.”

Lutz Maurer
Lutz Maurer was born 1941, in Linz/Danube. After attending the Humanistisches Gymnasium in Linz, he studied history and journalism in Vienna. In 1968, he began working for ORF, the Austrian television. In the middle of the 1970s, he specialised in documentary work for sports and culture. In addition, he is one of the founders of the Austrian TV documentary series “Land der Berge” that was started in 1982, and for 20 years he has been its manager and director. For his documentaries, Maurer has received numerous awards, although he always claims not to be a mountaineer but a mountain wanderer and that his primary goal is to present “human portraits from the mountains”. Among others, he has won prizes at the mountain film festivals Trento (Premio Mario Bello of the Italian Alpine Club and Prize of the Italian TV RAI, both in 1994), in Graz (Camera Alpin in Gold 1994, Grand Prix 1996), as well as the Prize of the Österreichische Volksbildung (Austrian National Education) in 1996. Maurer is also author and works for several magazines on alpine sports and cultural topics.

Youri Baikovski
Youri Baikovski was born in 1958 in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), now lives in Moscow. He is a famous Russian documentary producer, TV presenter and director, as well as a member of the Russian Moviemakers' Union, and the Vice-President of the Mountain Cinema Academy. Besides his skills as a filmmaker he organizes and directs the Moscow International Festival of Mountaineering and Adventure Films "Vertical", and the Festival "The Edges of Extreme". Youri Baikovski started his career as a climber and reached the "Master of sports of international Grade", and is 1st category instructor of alpinism for more than 25 years. More than 20 expeditions to the Pamirs, to Antarctica, Tien Shan and to the mountains of the Himalayarange have been led and climbed by him. He scaled Lhotse Main summit and very difficult rockfaces in the Pamirs. He studied Technical Sciences and is senior lecturer in State Russian University of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism, and represents the Russian Mountain Guides¹ Association as its vice-president.

Stipe Bozic
This world famous Himalayan mountaineer and top climber has conquered his place in the book of Alpine history on all the world continents. He was born in 1951 and has climbed the "Seven Summits", the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, and worked as a cameraman and writer during each of his expeditions. He also collaborates with the Croatian TV station in Zagreb, and as a cameraman he has accompanied the Slovenian top alpinist Tomaz Humar on his solo climbs of El Capitan and on the south face of Dhaulagiri in Nepal. His films have been awarded with numerous international film prizes and his book "Seven Summits" was presented to the public in Sarajevo recently. Stipe Bozic is also known as an extreme cave explorer in the depths of his Croatian homeland. He holds the world record in deep speleology with his descent to the 1,345 meter deep Lukas Cave in the Velebit Mountains. Together with an international expedition he has reached the North Pole on skis, and at the moment he is occupied with the preparations for "Expedition for Peace" to Mount Everest 2005 in the "Year of Sports."

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