In part one of Fear, Faith and Film, I spoke of introducing two filmmakers whose stories were more alike than people may initially think. Augusto Valverde’s story was first, and now, meet Alex Harz and his muse, Mt. Everest.
Alex Harz was born in Malaga, Spain. His mom, an English teacher from the Midwest, had moved to a town near Frankfurt, Germany to teach. After meeting his dad (her first landlord), the two fell in love, had two kids, and then moved the family to Omaha, Nebraska when Alex was 6. He and his brother spent each school year in Omaha and each summer near Frankfurt. Aside from the extra travel, Harz’s life was pretty typical of a Midwestern boy.