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A transmedial documentary project on the Olympic dream

On July 24, 2020 the Olympic Games in Tokyo will start. Thousands of German athletes, including many rowers, dream of a participation and winning Olympic medals. This goal also connects the best male German scullers who train together in Hamburg.

The Olympic dream unites and splits the team equally. Friendship and interdependence are growing simultaneously with competition and rivalry. Fifteen strong and young men passionately fight for their personal place in one of the three Olympic boat classes: single, double and quadruple scull. Only seven of them will be taking part in Tokyo. One of them can hope for being the substitute.

The project SXULLS gives an exclusive and unprecedented insight into this selection of the best scullers. The team accompanies the male sculler national team over the time span of 20 months on their way to Tokyo. At the same time, SXULLS not only talks about the golden moments, but also about the long and hard way to get there and the stories of the athletes who do not achieve their goals.

In our web series which started from March 2019 on, everyone can become part of the mission and accompany the scullers fighting for the tickets for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. On more than 26 episodes and more than 100 clips and interviews will be published. The intention is to show the true life of top athletes and to give rowing a sustainable stage; in addition to the regular four-year spotlight of the Olympic Games. After the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, a 90-minute film documentary is planned. The Team Deutschland will publish the episodes, clips and interviews additionally and gives SXULLS and the scullers of the DRV visibility in Germany.

Make sure you have your place in the boat! With this project you become a personal companion of the athletes and get what the rower still has to fight for – your ticket on the way to Tokyo.

SXULLS is a new project of the Hamburg-based production company Close Distance Productions.

Producer Silvia Weihermüller and her team – director Matthias Wolf and the responsible creative producer Guido Weihermüller – specialize in sports films and the human stories behind Olympic and Paralympic or recreational athletes. In previous projects Close Distance Productions worked together with discus thrower Robert Harting (, beach volleyball players Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, long jumper Sebastian Bayer and swimmer Jakob Heidtmann ( as well as many other passionate athletes.