- 19 January 2012 | Surfing
"A Deeper Shade of Blue" has conquered the Best Documentary at the 2012 X-Dance Film Festival. Jack McCoy's 25th surf movie took almost 5 years to bring to the big screen, but the final result is remarkable.
McCoy's lifes work started as a poster grommet for film makers like Bruce Brown, Greg McGillivray and Jim Freeman. After going to Australia for the world surfing contest he began distributing surfing film around the country and in 1975, with Australian Dick Hoole, he made his first feature length surfing film.
"Growing up in Hawaii I had a real connection with my Hawaiian friends and thru their family members they taught me everything from surfing, body surfing, pipo boarding, diving, fishing, sailing and canoe paddling, all things to become an all around waterman."
"'A Deeper Shade of Blue' is the sum total of my lifes work. It was important to me to create a film that shared were surfing came from, what it means for a greater appreciation for the art/sport," said McCoy.
The multi-talented director also won the Life Time Achievement Award, at the 2012 X-Dance Film Festival. Jack McCoy focuses on Hawaiian surf culture's deepest roots, the evolution of the surfboard and the Polynesian Creed of Aloha, in this surf movie.
"Storm Riders", "Kong's Island", "The Green Iguana", "Occy The Occumentary" and the award winning feature "Blue Horizon" starring Dave Rastovich and the late great Andy Irons are some of his most famous surf films.
Always one to created new and exciting angles for the surf, Jacks dream came true with the discovery of an underwater jet ski that would travel 10 knots. He mounted his camera to the top of it and became the first to capture the action underwater behind the wave tracking the surfers like never before.
"I used to sit there underwater behind the wave waiting for some sort of action to go by, hoping I was in the right place. With this scooter I was able to move around, get to places quickly and follow parts of the ride at will. It was really a way I could capture images I'd only dreamed of for many years."
Recently, the legendary surf filmmaker has been asked by Paul McCartney to collaborate with a new song he was releasing using McCoy’s unique images. The result was a five-minute music video "Blue Sway", seen online my millions around the world.