Inspire Friday Issue No. 1


Welcome to the inaugural issue of MacGillivray Freeman’s newsletter Inspire Friday. Each week we will curate and bring you films that inspire us, films we are working on, exclusive updates from our travels, recommendations of books that we love, quotes that energize, and stories of people doing incredible things. Our goal is to inspire you and your quest to stay curious, enjoy the natural world, and never stop learning.

Summer is finally upon us. It’s high time to get back to nature, and we have the inspiration you need for your next outdoor adventure. Enjoy this 5-minute film we produced for a series called America’s Treasures: National Parks for GoUSA TV. Discover how a camping trip with a U.S. President led to the creation of Yosemite National Park. Watch now.

Aloe Blacc in a scene from America’s Musical Journey
Stories that can help heal us. As communities around the world contend with issues of social justice and equality, we offer up this celebration of Black musical artists and their contributions to American history in our film America’s Musical Journey, available for free streaming on YouTube. Enjoy this cool trip through America’s musical heritage – from the blues and jazz to gospel, Motown, rock and roll, and hip hop. We dare you not to hum along while you watch.

Life advice from Conrad Anker. He’s climbed Everest three times, is devoted to family and friends and his motto is “Be good, be kind, be happy.” Check out this interview in Men’s Journal to find out why we can’t get enough of Conrad Anker. Follow along @conrad_anker.

Not-so-small act of kindness. Nine-year-old Kamryn Johnson and five of her friends were looking for something to do during quarantine. They started selling bracelets, but instead of keeping the money for themselves, they decided to help others. “Kamryn & Friends: Bracelets for Unity and Justice” has since raised $100,000 to help those trying to get back on their feet.  Proof that you don’t have to be an adult to change the world. Read more here.

Let there be surf. MacGillivray Freeman Films was founded on surf films. Between the years of 1966 and 1972, young company founders Greg MacGillivray and Jim Freeman traveled the globe to capture the sport and culture of the burgeoning world of surfing. They made more than 10 acclaimed surf films but none as great as Five Summer Stories, released nearly 50 years ago. “Because Jim and I were getting so busy doing commercials and Hollywood projects, we knew this was going to be our last surf movie,” says Greg MacGillivray. “So we were determined to treat the audience to something special.” With an innovative stereophonic sound system and ultra-slow-motion cinematography, the film broke new artistic ground for surf films of the day, becoming an instant cult classic. In a recent story, Surfline called it “not merely a great surf movie, but the greatest surf movie ever made.”  Audiences can now stream Five Summer Stories as part of Surfline’s Surf Cinema Sundays. Watch now. Read the full Surfline article here.

Photo: Jeff Divine

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