People worldwide can't afford life-saving insulin 96 years after lead researcher and discoverer of insulin, Frederick Banting, sold the initial patent for only $3. Banting's Ghost is a documentary project about the human impact of pharmaceutical price gouging surrounding diabetes.This project is 100% grassroots funded by individual people who care. It is an effort of love, taken on in my free time as I'm currently also in nursing school.
The goal of this project is not to rattle off statistics and data but to connect the stories of normal people with the insulin access crisis that has come to bear over the last several years as prices of 20-year old insulins have more than tripled, resulting in chaos and even death for people who rely on these drugs to survive.
This is a story about facing challenge intentionally. Specifically, climbing mountains with an incurable chronic illness. Type 1 diabetes is a reason to try harder and go further. The Wind River Project follows Steve Richert, Blake McCord and Matt Spohn, three diabetic climbers, on a journey into the rugged wilderness of Wyoming to find freedom through climbing and hope to send a message of empowerment.
"No style of climbing embodies commitment and adventure more than ascending a previously un-climbed line, a “first ascent”. It also adds a level of challenge when type 1 diabetes is in the mix because it compounds the unknowns that are readily apparent even to the most self assured climber. We decided to venture into Wyoming’s Wind River Range in the summer of 2014 for two weeks to seek out just such a challenge against which to measure ourselves–and attempt to make history, as the first all-diabetic climbing team to put up a new route together." (Steve Richert)
A film by Blake McCord and LivingVertical (Steve Richert)
This Episode takes a fresh look at the impassioned events at Standing Rock — the longest running protest in modern history — through the lens of three fearless front-liners who dropped everything to join the resistance. (click text to view episode)
This is a sample of Stephen Richert's video production. All clips in this video were shot, edited, color graded and corrected by Stephen Richert. Locations: Oman, UAE, Wyoming USA (Wind River Range), Virginia USA (Appalachia).
I found the people of Oman to be welcoming and friendly--it is a beautiful country that is highly underrated as a travel destination. It's got plenty of opportunities for exploration as a result. I can say that this video shows only a small amount of what is out there and I definitely will certainly go back!
Shot, edited, written and produced by Stephen Richert. Editing was done in Final Cut Pro X and graded with Film Convert Pro. This video was shot fully handheld on the Fuji X-T2.
In August 2016, my friend Martin and I decided to climb a mountain that would test our skill and stamina--as well as our ability to manage unexpected challenges. We both live with type 1 diabetes but after an unplanned night on the summit of Bugaboo Spire in sub-optimal weather we learned that sometimes the most difficult obstacles are what makes the adventure worthwhile.
Shot, edited, written and produced by Stephen Richert. Editing was done in Final Cut Pro X and graded with Film Convert Pro. This video was shot on a tiny little pocket camera; the Sony RX100 mII and the interview shots were captured with the Panasonic-Lumix G7.
Music by The Aquaerials (aquaerials.com)
Burning off native warm season grasses can positively impact silage regrowth and fowl populations. This is a lesson learned here in Southwest Virginia--in the Appalachian Mountains during a controlled burn of a 17-acre grassland parcel by a local landowner.
Shot, edited, written and produced by Stephen Richert. Editing was done in Final Cut Pro X and graded with Film Convert Pro. This video was shot on the Panasonic GH-5 with the Lumix 12-35 lens .
Standing Rock, North Dakota has seen a lot of controversy surrounding the DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline), culminating in late 2016. My purpose in going to Standing Rock was an independent photography documentary assignment for my personal blog. While the majority of news coverage focused on the pipeline conflict and the social issues surrounding it, I felt inspired by the landscape and the natural elements in the area of Cannonball, ND. I hope it gives you a sense of what it was like being at Standing Rock and the beauty of the local environment.
Shot, edited, written and produced by Stephen Richert. Editing was done in Final Cut Pro X and graded with Film Convert Pro. This video was shot on the Fuji X-T2.
"Hoenikker" and "Broadcast" by ROZKOL (Free Music Archive)
"Time to run" by Dexter Britain (Free Music Archive)
"Surly Bonds" by Blue Dot Sessions (Free Music Archive)