While the most famous is known as “Mr. “Pipeline” for mastery of one of the most dangerous waves in surfing, Gerry Lopez wrestles with an intense inner struggle; his fight to become the best surfer in the world with a dedication to yoga and Buddhist teachings. Gerry’s aggressive, foul-mouthed Surfing was the exact opposite of his calm demeanor in the tube, and this Zelig-like quality made Gerry wholly unique.
Geri Lopez is as fanatical as Zen, and she is beyond categorization. He is an apex hunter in the surf, one of the most influential surfers and surfboard shapers of all time, an entrepreneur, a family man, a movie star, and a lifelong yogi. His influence on modern surfing is immeasurable, and for the first time, his story is being told in its entirety.
Gerry Lopez’s Yin and Yang It premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival last March, and will next screen at Telluride’s MountainFilm in May, making its way to the Maui Film Festival in July. Award Winning Documentary Stacy Peralta (Dogtown and the Z Boys, riding giants) directed Chitra, a Patagonia Films production in association with ACE and Rocket Science. Patagonia Films served as financier for the project and Academy Award winner Evan Hayes (free solo) and their Anomaly Content and Entertainment banner, as well as Monica McClure and Jack McCoy. Hayes, Alex Lowther (newtok) and Josh Nielsen served as executive producer.
“Patagonia is known for its films about the external environment of our world, but Gerry Lopez’s Yin and Yang is a film about the internal environment of a unique and complex individual,” Peralta said. “Through his devotion to both surfing and yoga over the past 70 years, Gerry has painstakingly developed, preserved and carefully adapted to his own internal environment, and in the process he has made history.”
Hayes said, “Geri Lopez has lived a completely unique life, but there’s a universality to the challenges she faces and the lessons she’s learned, and Stacy’s beautiful, engaging film is the perfect epitome of this soulful surf icon’s epic journey.” Explanation.” “And working with Patagonia Films on this project sits at the heart of what we do at ACE, which bridges the worlds of brand and entertainment with a powerful, impactful, character-focused story.”
Peralta is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and one of the most influential skateboarders of all time. his first documentary Dogtown and the Z-Boys-Detailing the lives and lasting cultural impact of their 1970s skate crew, the Zephyr Z-Boys won them the Best Director award at Sundance with their next film. riding giants Park City becomes the first documentary to open the festival.
Patagonia Films is the media and production arm of the activist outdoor apparel company of the same name, owned by founder Yvonne Chouinard. The company has been producing films since the 1960s. Over the years, it has won Audience Awards at SXSW, premiered titles at prestigious festivals and has been acquired by Netflix, resulting in a real change in conservation and environmental justice issues around the world.
Anomaly Content & Entertainment is an award-winning production company that has produced features that include free solo, the way I see it and BAFTA-nominated becoming cousteauWith series including Hulu’s upcoming MaggiAnd avec eric, The company currently boasts a slate of upcoming projects with creatives including Kerry Washington, Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarelli, Matt Reeves, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Don Porter, Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin, Octavia Spencer and Prentice Penny.
The current slate of Rocket Science also includes David Cronenberg’s future crimes, starring Viggo Mortensen, Lee Seydoux and Kristen Stewart; Zach Braff’s a good person, starring Florence Pugh and Morgan Freeman; Robbie Williams biopic better man from director Michael Gracie; Ellen Kuras’ Took, starring Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and Josh O’Connor; and Oliver Hermanus’ acclaimed aliveStarring Bill Nighy and Amy Lou Wood.
Watch a new trailer for Gerry Lopez’s Yin and Yang Unveiled today by Rocket Science by clicking above.