Directed by Chris Malloy, 2010
A couple of years ago the love of my life and my partner in adventure, Amy, gave me a book for Christmas. This book started to reshape how I looked at life and how I interacted with everything around me. “Bend to Baja” was my first true introduction to Jeff Johnson. I had read his works in the Surfers Journal, Surfer and other magazines but this was the writing of a man who travels anywhere he can. “Bend to Baja” was an eye opener for me.
When I heard that there was another book/ movie combo coming out from Jeff, I started to get excited. Sadly I also got slightly envious, two awesome trips seriously. Then I remember that his adventure came to life for me through his photography, so that feeling of envy lasted maybe until I finished reading about the project. So like 2 minutes, sorry Jeff.
Okay back to the thought at hand, “180° South.” I am not even going to touch upon the book. Grab a copy and see the greatness for yourself, you will not be disappointed. The film is larger than anything I expected. I have admired the films that Woodshed Films has been putting out over the past couple of years but this one takes the cake.
The cinematography has the unique ability to make you feel as though you are there as Jeff’s silent travel buddy. His narration gives you an insight into the thoughts that are happening while he is floating adrift at sea, trekking towards Corcovado, or just making a realization about something that is surrounding him. Add that with the amazing sights, conversations held in motion through a soundtrack that only adds to the feeling of the film.
The surfing and climbing are not the main point of this film it is the journey. A journey that changes how you look at the world, how you look at your life. “180° South” is the movie to make you reorganize what is important to you and get the adventure fires burning.
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