Greg MacGillivray’s visual memories, "five hundred summer stories" Chronicling a life spent producing some of the most celebrated big-screen documentaries and IMAX® films of the last five decades – PR Newswire | Episode Movies

The filmmaker of the classic surf film Five Summer Stories and pioneer of IMAX® – Filmmaking tells stories from his adventurous life and groundbreaking career, in Hollywood and beyond

LAGUNA BEACH, CA., November 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Greg MacGillivray has lived a life like no other and is telling his story for the first time. MacGillivray Freeman Films and Earth Aware Editions are proud to announce the release of Greg MacGillivrays illustrated memories, FIVE HUNDRED SUMMER TALES (Earth Aware Editions/Simon & Schuster; November 15, 2022), a fascinating account of MacGillivray’s journey as an artist, self-made filmmaker and entrepreneur at the helm of MacGillivray Freeman Films, the most successful documentary film production company in history – and the first to reach the scale of 1 billion dollars in global ticket sales.

FIVE HUNDRED SUMMER TALES also reflects MacGillivray’s unique place in filmmaking history, first as Southern California Surfer kid who made his first film at the age of 13 and later revolutionized surf film with the classic in the 1970s Five Summer Stories (the title of the book is a reference to this acclaimed surf film), his years Hollywood working with celebrated legends like Stanley Kubrick The glow and on films such as Big Wednesday, The Towering Inferno, Blade Runner, Jonathan Livingston Seagull and koyaanisqatsi, on his work as a pioneer of 70mm IMAX filmmaking, creating some of the most memorable, groundbreaking IMAX films and many of the most famous and enduring educational films on the big screen, including Everest, the highest-grossing IMAX documentary of all time. There are stories of almost dying in New Guineaflying into the eyes of hurricanes, the dangers of shooting in the USSR and how to do it Everest changed his life.

The book is also a story about MacGillivray’s deep commitment to family, protecting the oceans and raising awareness of the importance of protecting our natural world.

“I have been incredibly fortunate to have turned my passion for filmmaking into a lifelong career and that is my hope FIVE HUNDRED SUMMER TALES has something for everyone – surfers, Hollywood Enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, film students and avid fans of documentaries and IMAX movies on the big screen,” said Greg MacGillivray. “It has been an honor to make films that inspire people around the world with the wonderful beauty of our planet.”

Illustrated with more than 500 photographs and cinematic artifacts from MacGillivray’s extensive archive, as well as stories from legendary surfers Gerry Lopez, Corky Caroll and Bill Hamiltonand filmmaker Stephen Judson, Howard Hall and Brad Ohlund, FIVE HUNDRED SUMMER TALES also includes 40 QR codes linked to exclusive behind-the-scenes video content, film clips, interviews and never-before-seen footage, adding even more depth and perspective to this amazing journey.

As a committed environmentalist, MacGillivray donates his book proceeds to the non-profit marine conservation groups Surfrider Foundation, Oceana and One world, one ocean.

More about Greg MacGillivray
Greg MacGillivray is one of the most productive and successful documentary filmmakers of all time with more than 60 films. In the 1960s he was a partner in Jim Freeman to found MacGillivray Freeman Films and together they made a number of surf films including their classic Five summer storiesbefore you continue working Hollywood as aerial photography specialists. After Jim’s untimely death in 1976 on the eve of the premiere of To fly!, On their first IMAX documentary together, Greg dedicated his career to producing documentaries for the big screen and has since made more 70mm films than anyone in cinema history. Greg has received two Oscars® Nominations for Best Documentary Short Subject for The Living Sea and dolphins and has inducted three films into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray’s films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and nature.

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