Filmmaker and surfer Greg MacGillivray joins the pod to talk about his influential surf film Five Summer Stories, his new memoir Five Hundred Summer Stories, and a lifetime in surfing. First, he looks back at the early days of surfing, the joy and escape that it provides, the introduction of competitive surfing, and his personal beginnings in the sport in Southern California. He dives into his work with Jim Freeman and MacGillivray Freeman Films, directing and producing surf films like Five Summer Stories, Big Wednesday and more, working in Hollywood, developing some of the first IMAX films, and even contributing to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. He shares stories from filming in extreme places from Mount Everest to Mavericks to America's National Parks and beyond. Greg also touches on conservation, innovations in film technology, the similarities between mountain climbers and surfers, and the upcoming screening of his new film alongside live music.
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