Upstream Battle

a documentary film by Ben Kempas

Native Americans on the Klamath River
fight for their fish
– against an energy corporation.
Their struggle may trigger
the largest dam removal project in history.
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Director: Ben Kempas

Ben Kempas is a cinematographer and documentary filmmaker. He lives in Munich where he studied at the University of Film and Television. His documentary work includes
> TO BE A NATION AGAIN about the Scottish independence movement,
> THE LOCH LONG MONSTER about courageous anti-nuclear campaigners,
> GEGEN DIE GRENZE about an intra-German "border violator" (co-directed with Alexander Dittner),
as well as numerous reportage-style programmes. From 2005 to 2008, Ben worked on UPSTREAM BATTLE.
Since 2001, Ben has been co-hosting The D-Word, a worldwide online community for documentary professionals. He is also a regular contributor to the DOX magazine published by the European Documentary Network.

Producer: Joachim Schroeder

Joachim Schroeder, who grew up in England, is the founder and guiding force behind Munich-based Preview Production. After receiving a scholarship in production to UCLA's School of Motion Pictures and Television in Los Angeles, and after freelance work for several German television stations, Joachim set up Preview Production in 1993 and since then has produced several hundred television and feature-length documentaries.

Ben Kempas on the Klamath River.

Consulting Producer: Magdalena Hutter

Magdalena Hutter came to filmmaking through documentary photography. She has been a student at the University of Television and Film in Munich since 2002. As a cinematographer she has been involved in both documentary and fiction projects, as a director her focus is on documentaries dealing with social justice issues.

Co-Editor: Raimund Barthelmes

Raimund Barthelmes has edited more than 50 high-profile feature-length films (fiction and documentary) and worked as a consultant on countless projects. He first met Ben in 1998, helping him and Johannes Kaltenhauser with their film IM AUFTRAG DES SCHICKSALS.