Filmmaker opens ’Berg HYPE series

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Filmmaker Brett Culp talks to students Thursday morning during Heidelberg University’s first HYPE event of the year.

An award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of The Rising Heroes Project spoke to Heidelberg University students Thursday morning during the first HYPE Career Ready Program event of the year.

Brett Culp is known for the film “Legends of the Knight” and his latest project, “Look to the Sky.”

The HYPE Career Ready Program focuses on the skills of values, work styles job search skills, collaboration, conflict management and communication — which was the focus of Culp’s talk.

“What has changed my life the most are not the high profile stories, but the stories from people you’ve never heard of,” Culp said. “Those stories from average people who’ve done extraordinary things.”

Through his work, Culp is said to have pioneered the art of creating “mini-movements” that inspire the super-human spirit in everyone.

“The truth is the world is filled with good people who want good for people and their community,” Culp said.

It has been through the people who have stepped up that resulted in Culp’s definition of leadership to change.

Culp said real leadership is inviting people on a mission to do something extraordinary together.

During his talk, Culp shared the story of a 13-year-old girl named Annaleise Carr who wanted to help out a camp in Canada, but was unable because she had to be 18. So instead of waiting the five years, she decided to swim across Lake Ontario to help raise money for Camp Trillium — a childhood cancer center. On average, to swim across the lake it should have taken 16 hours, but in mid-swim a storm blew in causing 10 hours to be added. Carr’s goal had been to raise $30,000 for the camp, but she was able to raise more than $200,000.

Culp said that through the storm, Carr never stopped thinking about the camp and the children.

“Even when you are loosing ground and nothing is going right, never stop fighting,” he said.

Culp said to the students, their life stories are still able to be written.

“The best of you is still out there,” he said. “If you’ve felt that you’ve blown it, keep telling your story. If you feel alone in the darkness and you’re losing ground, keep swimming. If you feel nothing is going right, let hope and possibility guide you.”

Culp’s film’s are featured on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu and other digital platforms.