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Greg MacGillivray’s Visual Memoir, “Five Hundred Summer Stories,” Chronicles a Life Spent Producing Some of the Most Iconic Documentaries and Giant-Screen IMAX® Films of the Past Five Decades

Greg MacGillivray has led a life like no other, and for the first time, he’s telling his story. MacGillivray Freeman Films and Earth Aware Editions are proud to announce the publication of Greg MacGillivray’s illustrated memoir, FIVE HUNDRED SUMMER STORIES

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The filmmaker of the classic surf film Five Summer Stories and pioneer of IMAX® – filmmaking shares stories from his adventurous life and groundbreaking career, in Hollywood and beyond

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Greg MacGillivray has led a life like no other, and for the first time, he’s telling his story. MacGillivray Freeman Films and Earth Aware Editions are proud to announce the publication of Greg MacGillivray’s illustrated memoir, FIVE HUNDRED SUMMER STORIES (Earth Aware Editions/Simon & Schuster; Nov. 15, 2022), a fascinating account of MacGillivray’s journey as an artist, a self-made filmmaker and an entrepreneur at the head of MacGillivray Freeman Films, the most successful documentary production company in history — and the first to reach the benchmark of $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

FIVE HUNDRED SUMMER STORIES also reflects MacGillivray’s unique place in filmmaking history, first as a Southern California surfer kid who made his first film at age 13 and who later revolutionized surf films in the 1970s with the classic Five Summer Stories (the book’s title is a riff on this acclaimed surf film), to his years in Hollywood working with such celebrated legends as Stanley Kubrick on The Shining and on films such as Big Wednesday, The Towering Inferno, Blade Runner, Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Koyaanisqatsi, to his work pioneering 70mm IMAX filmmaking, creating some of the most memorable, groundbreaking IMAX cinematography and many of the most celebrated and enduring educational giant-screen films, including Everest, the most successful IMAX documentary film of all time. There are stories of almost dying in New Guinea, flying into eyes of hurricanes, the perils of shooting in the USSR, and how making Everest changed his life.      

The book is also a story about MacGillivray’s deep commitment to family, to ocean conservation, and to raising awareness about the importance of protecting our natural world. 

“I have been incredibly fortunate to have turned my passion for filmmaking into a lifelong career, and my hope is that FIVE HUNDRED SUMMER STORIES has something for everyone—surfers, Hollywood aficionados, business entrepreneurs, film students and devoted fans of documentaries and giant-screen IMAX films,” said Greg MacGillivray“It has been an honor to make films that inspire people around the world with the miraculous beauty of our planet.’”

Illustrated with more than 500 photographs and filmmaking artifacts from MacGillivray’s extensive archive, as well as story contributions by legendary surfers Gerry Lopez, Corky Carroll and Bill Hamilton, and filmmakers Stephen Judson, Howard Hall and Brad Ohlund, FIVE HUNDRED SUMMER STORIES also features 40 QR codes linked to exclusive behind-the-scenes video content, film clips, interviews and never-before-seen footage, giving even more depth and perspective to this amazing journey.     

A dedicated environmentalist, MacGillivray is donating his book proceeds to the non-profit ocean conservation groups Surfrider Foundation, Oceana, and One World One Ocean. 

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More About Greg MacGillivray
Greg MacGillivray is one of the most prolific and successful documentary filmmakers of all time, with more than 60 films to his credit. In the 1960s, he partnered with Jim Freeman to form MacGillivray Freeman Films and together they made a series of surfing films, including their classic Five Summer Stories, before going on to work in Hollywood as aerial cinematography specialists. After Jim’s untimely death in 1976 on the eve of the premiere of To Fly!, their first IMAX documentary together, Greg devoted his career to making giant-screen documentaries and has since shot more 70mm film than anyone in cinema history. Greg has received two Academy Award® nominations for Best Documentary Short Subject for The Living Sea and Dolphins and has three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray’s films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. https://macgillivrayfreeman.com/

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“30 Days A Black Man” reflects on the dangerous trailblazing work of a White reporter posing as a Black man in the segregated South

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PITTSBURGH /PRNewswire/ — As we celebrate Black History Month, we take an important look back at what life was like during the Jim Crow period. Bill Steigerwald’s startling book, 30 Days A Black Man, takes us back to 1948 in the Deep South. While the year is now 2023, we are not far removed from the extreme racism of that time. Let’s look back, lest we forget…

“I quit being white, and free, and an American citizen when I climbed aboard that Jim Crow coach…I was Black, and in bondage – not quite slavery but not quite freedom, either.” – Ray Sprigle, 1948

30 Days A Black Man recounts the story of Ray Sprigle, a star reporter for the Post-Gazette – and he was White. Sprigle made the audacious choice to disguise himself as a Black man for 30 days and traveled alongside John Wesley Dobbs, a Black civil rights pioneer from Atlanta. His purpose: to experience what it was really like to be Black living in the South, and to bring greater awareness to the injustices Black people lived through daily.

Bill Steigerwald provides a vivid account of Sprigle’s journey. Sprigle witnessed the injustices faced by Black leaders, sharecroppers and family members of lynching victims; saw the inequities in education; and encountered a separate set of rules Black people had to follow under Jim Crow, such as: sitting in the back seat of vehicles; never calling a white man by his name, but calling him “mister”; or being prohibited from trying on clothes in a clothing store. He opened the eyes of White people in the North who were unaware of the unfair practices against Black people in the South.

30 Days A Black Mana retelling of Sprigle’s encounters with racism, reminds us all to be vigilant in our efforts to seek justice for all people. Released in 2017, the book is relevant today as America continues to experience racial tension.

“Ray Sprigle and Bill Steigerwald were both reporters for the Post-Gazette. 30 Days A Black Man is an important resource as we dialogue about race in America and continue to work toward justice,” says John Block, publisher of the Toledo Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Sprigle’s descriptions and undisguised outrage at “the iniquitous Jim Crow system” shocked the North, enraged the South, and ignited the first national debate in the media about ending America’s system of apartheid. Six years before Brown v. Board of Education, seven years before the murder of Emmett Till, and thirteen years before John Howard Griffin’s similar experiment became the bestseller Black Like Me, Sprigle’s intrepid journalism blasted into the American consciousness the grim reality of black lives in the South.

30 Days A Black Man by Bill Steigerwald is available on Amazon.

About Block Communications:
Block Communications, Inc., (BCI) is a 118-year-old privately held diversified media holding company headquartered in Toledo, OH. It has primary operations in cable television, newspaper publishing, high-speed Internet and residential telephone services. Publications owned by Block Communications, Inc. include The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Toledo Blade.

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Introducing the New Children’s Book You Can Buy with Kindness

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LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — To celebrate “Random Acts of Kindness Week” from February 12th – 19th, author H.D. Ronay is accepting random acts of kindness as payment for his new book “Magoo and His Magic Poo.”

During the week that inspires good deeds and selfless acts, the first 100 people to share their random act of kindness on Instagram and tag @MagooAndHisMagic while using the hashtag #MagooKindnessPayment will receive a free copy of the book about a superhero cat who uses his unique “gift” to rescue puppies from a puppy mill.

Magoo and His Magic Poo

Written by Cannes Lions-winning Creative Director H.D. Ronay and illustrated by Clio award-winner Michael Harring, the creative team says the week aligns perfectly with Magoo’s mission. In the story, Magoo performs an act of kindness to help set free a group of puppies in need, and the hope is to inspire more actions in that same spirit.

According to Ronay, “This is a story about celebrating the gifts we’ve all been given, no matter how unusual they might be, and using them for good.”

About the book, Ronay says, “We wanted to create something with a timely message delivered in a package that would be hard to ignore, and even harder not to laugh along with. It’s definitely outrageous but also meaningful. And let’s face it: Poo is funny and kindness is cool.”

Harring adds, “Magoo is a rare character with an unlikely superpower. It’s why we chose black & white which is unusual to see today in a world saturated with color. And, we want this book to make you laugh but also to make you think about your own talents and ways to possibly put them to good use.”

An early review from Midwest Book Review calls the story “freshly unique from beginning to end … offering valuable discussion points on kindness and acceptance.”

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To learn more about “Magoo and His Magic Poo,” visit MagooAndHisMagic.com.

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 ‘The Footprints of Her Soul’ is a Stunning Tale That Follows the Author,Vivi Tran’s Early Life

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Recent release “The Footprints of Her Soul” from Newman Springs Publishing author Vivi Tran is a riveting tale that follows the author’s life through countless difficult decisions and heartbreak that made her the woman she is today. Inspired to share her life story by her grandson, Tran weaves her own story with the history of her family to craft a beautiful story of triumph and hope.

SURPRISE, Ariz. (Newswire.com) – Vivi Tran, a writer from Vietnam who came to America during her mid-twenties, has completed her new book “The Footprints of Her Soul”: a gripping and powerful memoir detailing the author’s story as she faced and survived all of life’s challenges and traumas.

“‘The Footprints of Her Soul’ is a story of a little girl who was lost among the people she loves most, her beloved family,” writes Tran. “She experienced extreme distress and sorrow through the long road of childhood poverty, war, and into adulthood. She had made hard decisions throughout her life journey, causing heartaches and pain. But she survived it all with conviction. They made her the person she is today, and the path she crossed became the footprints of her soul.”

Published by Newman Springs Publishing, Vivi Tran’s stirring tale invites readers to join the author on an incredible journey through life’s hardships and trials to witness the powerful triumphs and perseverance on display in the face of each obstacle. Raw and honest, Tran bares it all while sharing her story in this must-read page turner that will leave readers spellbound.

Readers who wish to experience this mesmerizing work can purchase “The Footprints of Her Soul” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iBooks Store, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Newman Springs Publishing at 732-243-8512.

About Newman Springs Publishing: 

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Newman Springs Publishing is a full-service publishing house for serious authors. Each title produced by Newman Springs Publishing undergoes every step of the professional publishing process, including editing, layout, cover design, circulation, distribution, and publicity. All titles are made available in both eBook and print formats. Newman Springs Publishing distributes to tens of thousands of retail outlets throughout North America and internationally. All manuscripts in any genre are welcome to be submitted for review; If the manuscript meets the necessary criteria and is accepted for publication, Newman Springs Publishing will work closely with the author to bring the book to the retail market for a relatively inexpensive initial investment.

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