Franz Otto: Ultimate Highballer is a documentary about a larger than life figure in the tree-planting industry.
If you’re a frog, click here for a version with French subtitles.
Franz Otto: Ultimate Highballer is a documentary about a larger than life figure in the tree-planting industry. It tours through the reforestation community in search of its most notorious, feared and reclusive figure — a legend that has passed through generations of planters, enshrined in the Tree-Planter Hall of Fame yet shrouded in myth, a man known only as “Franz Otto.”
A documentary that has been called “pretty chill,” “thoughtful,” “arty” and in one instance, “inspiring,” Franz Otto: Ultimate Highballer screened privately in living rooms and small venues across Canada, at Anthology Film Archives in NY and at Chelsea’s PPOW gallery. With sponsorship from the planting company Brinkman and the shovel company Bushpro, it is now being released online through No Budge. We think it’s pretty cool that, with the help of sponsors, you can give away a movie completely free online, but if watching stuff on the internets still isn’t your thing (what’re you, 80 years old?), you can hope that there’s an upcoming screening happening somewhere close to you, grandpa.
And if movies aren’t for you (seriously, who are you?), you can check out this article Gavin wrote about planting trees: