Over the last few months, filmmaker Jack McCoy has been touring around Australia, hosting screenings and "talk story" events with longtime friends and co-conspirators like Mark Occhilupp, Joel Parkinson and Dean Morrison.
Sharing tales from McCoy's iconic masterpieces such as "Bunyip Dreaming," "Storm Riders," the Billabong "Challenge" series, and of course, "The Occumentary and "Blue Horizon," they've been a full-on history lesson with plenty of entertainment mixed in.
But behind the scenes, McCoy has been working a little side project with his friend Paul McCartney. During the pandemic the Beatle recorded a collection of new songs in which he plays every instrument, and recently. The album is entitled "McCartney III," and when it came time to cut the official video for his song "Slidin," he reached out to McCoy for a little of that cinematic surf magic.
The second surf/music project they've worked on together, the two have developed a great relationship in recent years with a lot of mutual respect for their respective career accomplishments. Of course, McCoy hasn't been knighted yet.
Because going out and shooting footage wasn't a reality due to so many international travel restrictions, McCoy reached out to fellow filmmaker Kai Neville, who kindly handed over a hard drive holding anything but stock footage of Craig Anderson.
Armed with McCartney's new tune and the breath-taking footage of Ando, one of the most graceful, poetic surfers around today, McCoy disappeared into his studio and has emerged to show once again why he's a master editor and filmmaker.
With McCartney and McCoy's blessing, the video was released on International Surfing Day to raise awareness for the Surfrider Foundation Australia.