Tuesday, August 2, 2022


Greg MacGillivray

Greg MacGillivray has had an amazing Hollywood career as a cinematographer that has lasted more than 60 years. Helping create The Shining, Big Wednesday, The Towering Inferno, Blade Runner, Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Koyaanisqatsi before becoming a pioneering director of films in the 70mm IMAX® format. MacGillivray created some of the most iconic cinematography ever captured for giant screen films, including EVEREST, the highest-grossing IMAX film of all time. While known for his IMAX movies, MacGillivray originally gained fame for producing surfing movies.

Gary MacGillivray's FIVE SUMMER STORIES (1972), widely considered one of the greatest surf films ever made is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a return to movie theaters. Adventure Entertainment is bringing this beloved epic documentary to audiences theatrically across North America (U.S. and Canada) in cinemas in more than 50 markets. This 50th Anniversary theatrical release is timed to coincide with the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, when surfing captures the imagination of viewers around the world. 

Filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&As at screening events in select markets, and community partnerships with the Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots nonprofit ocean conservation organization, as well as Quiksilver, a heritage surf brand, will support these events in select locations. Quiksilver will be releasing a limited edition t-shirt for the film’s release, available soon. Visit fivesummerstories.com to find screening locations. 

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FIVE SUMMER STORIES first premiered in 1972 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and was quickly deemed “the greatest surf film ever made.” The film’s unusual format—a montage of five-plus stories or vignettes—perfectly captured a fractured era in which an explosion of creativity and revolutionary change was shaking down the old order, taking the sport of surfing off into new and unknown territory. Although the film went through several (and increasingly popular) incarnations as it played in theaters over a seven-year span from 1972 to 1979, its fundamental story remained the same—that the pure, innocent joy of surfing was symbolic of humankind’s best possibilities on Earth without war or politics or environmental destruction. The film features music by the Beach Boys and Honk.

Additionally, following the theatrical re-release of FIVE SUMMER STORIES will be Greg MacGillivray’s visual memoir, Five Hundred Summer Stories, coming out on November 15th, 2022. Illustrated with more than 500 photographs and filmmaking artifacts from MacGillivray’s extensive archive, as well as story contributions by legendary surfers Gerry Lopez and Bill Hamilton, and filmmakers such as Stephen Judson, Brad Ohlund and Howard Hall. Find out more at 500summerstories.com 

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