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180° SOUTH

Year: 2010
USA: Magnolia Pictures
Cast: Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Jeff Johnson, Keith Malloy, Timmy O'Neill, Makohe, Ramon Navarro
Director: Chris Malloy
Country: USA
USA: 85 mins
USA Rated: NR
USA Release Date: 21 May 2010 (Limited Release)
USA DVD Release: 8 June 2010


"Conquerors of the useless."

Chronicling the adventures of surfer and climber Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes, Yvon Chouinard (rock climbing legend and founder of Ventura-based Patagonia) and Doug Tompkins, as they drove, mountain climbed and surfed their way to Chilean Patagonia.

An inspiring new film from director and surfer Chris Malloy, the documentary reveals the tremendous obstacles Jeff encounters from big surf, snowy mountains, a dangerous ocean crossing, pulp mills, cowboys, dams and more on his way to climb Cerro Corcovado in Patagonia. Jeff's life takes a turn when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature and have come to Patagonia to help use their influence to help protect it.

The film is a road trip movie, a historic document, and an environmental call to arms, but mostly a meditation on what matters most in life -staying true to one's own vision and values.

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