Chris Malloy’s new movie premiers at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
By Matt Skenazy
We all need to get away once in awhile. Pack up our things, and leave it all behind.
In 2007 Jeff Johnson did just that, setting out on a six-month journey to the bottom of the globe on a quest to summit Corcovado, a seldom-climbed peak in Patagonia.
As all good adventures do, Johnson’s takes a few unexpected turns: getting skunked in the Galapagos, snapping a mast on the way to Rapa Nui, and scoring Punta de Lobos with Ramon Navarro.
Drawing inspiration from the 1968 film “Mountain of Storm” director Chris Malloy peppers the movie with old footage and interviews with two climbing legends—Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins.
As a surf movie, the waves aren’t the best, and the surfing isn’t otherworldly, but the film is held together by an attention to the process of the journey, and a focus on history and place that Patagonia—and the Malloy brothers—have become known for.
And that was the point, really.
“After making films for ten years I wanted to go to a place and document the good and the bad elements,” Chris told me recently. “Rather than just creating an ideal world and then splitting to a new location I wanted to do a deeper analysis of a place.”
In that sense, this film is a success, and should be seem for the simple reason that it isn’t exactly like every other surf movie on your shelf.