Los Angeles Festival Premiere

DOCUMENTARY SHORT | United States | 33 MINUTES | English

Above Boy

Above Boy is the story of Godfrey Benjamin Chipps, a fourth-generation descendant of Horn Chipp – the Medicine Man for legendary Indian chief, Crazy Horse, and the legacy he leaves behind for his family.


Directed by Jan Vogel, Sebastian Funke, Lucy Martens, Elizabeth Silver

Shooting Monkeys is a collective of the filmmakers Sebastian Funke and Jan Vogel. We believe if you enjoy what you do, the result will reflect that. Our goal is to create inspiring work people can relate to. Work that moves them.

Jan Vogel was born in Quito, Ecuador and studied film as a cinematographer at AFI in Los Angeles. Shortly after film school, Jan was signed to Believe Media and directed numerous commercials and music videos for international clients. Sebastian Funke was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany and studied law in Berlin and film in New York. Since 2009, Sebastian has enjoyed many honors as a freelance film- director including: Shortlist Cannes Lions, New York Festival Silver Trophy (UN Award for Outstanding Communication), Art Directors Club Europe-Nomination.

With a passion for building bridges through storytelling, Lucy has followed lives and captured voices from all corners of the world. As a cinematographer, director and editor of documentaries and NGO films, her work has been broadcast on BBC Storyville, BBC 3, PBS, ARTE, Canal Plus, and CNN. Her feature-length documentary, “Out of the Ashes” (BBC Storyville) was co-produced by Sam Mendes and won a 2011 Grierson Award.

She is a co-founder of Le Ciel Foundation, a charity based in London, working on projects to connect people back to nature and to bridge universal wisdom with the best of modern society. One of these projects is the feature length documentary “The Twelve” – spreading the messages of twelve indigenous Elders from around the world.


Jan Vogel, Sebastian Funke, Lucy Martens, Elizabeth Silver


Elizabeth Silver, Godfrey Chipps

Executive Producer

Elizabeth Silver


Gabriel Britz


Benjamin Godfrey Chipps, Beverly Red Elk, Waylon Red Elk Sr., Candace Red Elk, Courtney Red Elk, Clayton Red Elk, Kansas Chipps, Opijata Chipps, Benjamin “Hoksheila” Chipps, Zaptan Chipps, Benny Chipps, Lil’ Roger, Sundance Chipps, Trenton Chipps, Santana Chipps, Baeza Chipps

Program One


Thursday, November 10

Screening: 7:00 to 8:30pm

Lumiere Music Hall

9036 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211


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