In the past five years, Hawaiian born Jack Johnson has gone from filmmaker, shooting and scoring his 16mm surf films to a well-known singer-songwriter, and now just in time for summer, Australia’s favourite imported son Jack Johnson releases a 2DVD set A Weekend At The Greek featuring a LIVE concert DVD (recorded at the Greek in Berkeley) and a second DVD, Live in Japan.
Jacks third album ‘In Between Dreams’ after debuting #1 on ARIA and staying four weeks in a row, is now fast approaching 3 x Platinum. The gorgeous opening album track Better Together will be the fourth track lifted from ‘In Between Dreams’. Both previous singles have been Top 15 airplay smash hits.
In the summer of 2008 Jack Johnson took a trip through Europe playing everywhere from historical venues to classic outdoor stages making it the biggest tour of his career. The film is a collection of live performances with Jack’s quartet along with special appearances by G. Love, Ben Harper, Mason Jennings, Neil Halstead and Matt Costa. Through weathering the stormy nights in Newquay to surfing on a river in Germany, to playing the packed house in London’s Hyde Park, the film takes you on a trip and captures the connection between an audience and an artist on an international stage. This is more than a compilation of performances, this is an intimate look at Jack Johnson, his life on the road, and the unique dialogue he has with his fans.
A Brokedown Melody follows swell through South America, Polynesia and Jamaica. Documenting in 16mm film the surfing of Kelly Slater, Gerry Lopez, Jack Johnson, Mike Todd, Mark Cunningham, C.J. Hobgood, The Wilmots, The Malloys and Rob Machado.
Music From: Jack Johnson, Eddie Vedder, Beta Band, Kings Of Convenience, Doug Martsch, Kruder and Dorfmeister, Astor Piazzolla, Mikey Einziger, Johnny Osbourne, M.Ward, Matt Costa, Culver City Cub Collective, Todd Hannigan, Xocoyotzin Moraza and More.
A Film By Chris and Emmett Malloy
The Kokua Hawai’i Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawai’i.
The Kokua Festival is the Kokua Hawai’i Foundation’s annual benefit event that brings together environmental organizations, eco-friendly businesses, musicians, artists, teachers, and community leaders to promote environmental awareness in Hawai’i.
This DVD highlights the 2004 and 2005 Kokua Festivals featuring Jack Johnson, Jackson Browne, John Cruz, Ozomatli, G. Love & Special Sauce, Kawika Kahiapo & Kaukahi, Michael Franti & Spearhead, DJ Logic, Amy Hanaialii-Gilliom and Willie K. and Makana.
100% of the proceeds of this DVD will go to the Kokua Hawai’i Foundation and other 1% for the Planet approved environmental non-profit groups.
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Sprout was shot in 16mm film, on location, throughout Ceylon, Morocco, Mexico, Costa Rica, the East Indies, Hawaii, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and California.
“The purpose of Sprout is to show how ridiculously lucky we are to be humans engaging in the ocean experience and the multitude of possibilities we have available to us. To limit ourselves in this pursuit is the kiss of death and the handshake of bitterness. To open up and enjoy all the aspects and approaches is a movement in the growth cycle — thus Sprout. This movie came about under a slow germination process that took just over four years to complete. The process was very much a group effort. So many people came together to make Sprout be what it is, and I would like to send out a very major acknowledgment of gratitude to all the musicians, surfers, artists, filmers, photographers, editors, organizers and friends that put so much love and energy into the project.
Thanks so much.”
Nearly a year into his retirement Kelly Slater had yet to settle into the typical post career experience. The ASP circus he sought to leave behind was unwittingly replaced by a new one filled with trade shows, store openings and poster signings. By September of 1999, Slater was eager to escape and find perfect waves where he could push his surfing to new levels without the restrictions of competition. So he took off to Sumatra, Indonesia, along with some friends, to fulfill that long awaited dream. Knowing full well something extraordinary could happen on a mission of this sort, Kelly asked Jack to come along, and Johnson brought the same 25-year old camera he’d used during the filming of Thicker Than Water, which had just been released. The crew boarded Neptune 1, a retired Japanese coastguard cutter, and powered through a midnight storm on their way out to the Mentawai Islands. At dawn of the first day, they pulled into the keyhole at Hollow Trees. One by one the surfers stumbled up to the deck from their bunks, and stared bleary eyed in disbelief at the lineup…the waves were absolutely flawless. In fact, the best they’d ever seen. New levels of strength of purity were reached in the days that followed, as Slater and friends pushed their surfing to limits that have yet to be matched. Meanwhile, when Jack wasn’t surfing he was filming from the tide pools on shore and working on lyrics for a new song between rides. His film footage eventually became September Sessions, while that song, “F-Stop Blues”, was the final one added to his record Brushfire Fairytales.
Thicker Than Water is a collection of images and memories that started with the first time we stood on the deck of a surfboard and ends with an eighteen- month journey through the North Atlantic, South Pacific and the Bay of Bengal.
Starring: Rob Machado, Kelly Slater, Brad Gerlach, Shane Dorian, The Malloy Brothers, and others.
There was a moment last year that sums up Thicker Than Water. We were on the northwest coast of Ireland hiding from sixty miles per hour wind behind an old stone wall. Noah Johnson had decided to windsurf across a flooded cow pasture using a towel as a sail and we were determined to capture a shot of him. As we fumbled with lenses and a new can of film a massive gust swirled over head then descended upon the freezing water pushing Noah forward. Everyone cheered and Chris yelled something to me but his words didn’t penetrate the wind. I’m not sure but I think he said, “Now we’re making a surf film!” – Jack Johnson, 1998