Greg MacGillivray’s Feature Documentary “Hollywood Don’t Surf!” To Premiere At The 2010 Cannes Film Festival

April 28, 2010 – 12:14 pm

(Official Selection of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Classics Section)

Outrageous, cinematic retrospective explores fifty years of Hollywood surfing movies featuring Quentin Tarantino, John Milius, Steven Spielberg, Stacy Peralta, Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent, Greg MacGillivray, Nia Peeples, Pamela Anderson, big wave legends Laird Hamilton, Greg Noll with Frankie Avalon and real-life ‘Gidget’ Kathy Kohner

LAGUNA BEACH, Ca. (April 28, 2010) — A unique combination of filmmaking glamour, sexy beach action, big wave legends, Hollywood myths and iconic California pop culture kitsch, MacGillivray Freeman’s new feature documentary Hollywood Don’t Surf! has been officially selected to premiere as a sneak preview at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.  A comedic romp examining fifty years of Hollywood surfing films — with a tight focus on the overly ambitious production and near-disastrous release of John Milius’ 1978 Big WednesdayHollywood Don’t Surf! celebrates the culturally significant, remarkably enduring and always hilarious relationship between Hollywood and surfing.

“Hollywood Don’t Surf!” is really about how Hollywood’s superficial view of surfing culture has influenced popular culture and the story of what happened when real surfers tried to change that,” said producer/ director Greg MacGillivay.

“So many Hollywood filmmakers have tried to capture the essence of surf culture on the big screen, only to be rebuffed by surfers and critics alike,” added director/writer Sam George.  “Big Wednesday was no exception, but now more than thirty years later, the film has become one of the most highly regarded surfing movies ever with a worldwide cult following.”

“No one is better qualified to bring big screen adventures and the strange but fascinating mix of surfing, beach sub-culture and Hollywood movies to life than Greg MacGillivray, or tell the story with such compelling insight and expert detail than waterman and surfing expert Sam George,” said producer Lincoln Forrest Phipps.  “It’s surfers versus the studios — and an explosive tale for surfers and non-surfers alike.”

Hollywood Don’t Surf! features rare surfing footage such as Thomas Edison’s 1906 Hawaiian surfing footage and excerpts and behind-the-scenes shots from numerous surfing films including Gidget, Beach Party Movies, Ride the Wild Surf, Big Wednesday, North Shore, Point Break, In God’s Hands and Blue Crush.  Interviews with Hollywood luminaries and surf stars alike feature Quentin Tarantino, John Milius, Steven Spielberg, Stacy Peralta, Greg MacGillivray, Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Greg Noll, Laird Hamilton, Peter Townend, Robert Englund, Frankie Avalon and real-life ‘Gidget’ Kathy Kohner.

Hollywood Don’t Surf! marks a return of sorts for producer/director Greg MacGillivray to the world that helped launch his filmmaking career.  Better known as the two-time Academy Award-nominated producer/director of such IMAX films as Everest and The Living Sea, MacGillivray began his career making surfing documentaries including The Performers, Free and Easy, and the cult classic Five Summer Stories.  In 1977, Warner Bros. hired him to produce the second unit surfing sequences for Big Wednesday.

Hollywood Don’t Surf! is a MacGillivray Freeman Films production produced by Greg MacGillivray, Lincoln Forrest Phipps and Chris Kobin, directed by Greg MacGillivray and Sam George, written by Sam George, executive produced by William S. Price III, edited by Dale Beldin, with music by Steve Wood and Honk.

ICM is representing the film worldwide.  Hollywood Don’t Surf! will be screened in the Cannes Classics program at the prestigious Palais des Festival as well as during the festival’s Cinéma de la Plage showcase screenings.

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