Strange Rumblings

It Is Our honor To Present, Once Again, Joe G and The Globe

We love high-concept. We love vision. We love Joe G. Which is why we're just so damn excited about Globe's newest film, Strange Rumblings in Shangri-La, now in production at a surf break far from you. And, as usual, Joe G is pulling the puppet strings and my, how those puppets dance. Emphasizing exploration, fun and large living around the world, Joe and the crew, which includes faces old and new, are searching for surfing's Holy Grail — and perhaps making the best surf film ever. Stranger things have happened.

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Brendon Gibbons, Iceland. Photo: DJ Struntz

SURFING: What's your vision for this project?
Joe G: Like Year Zero, we really love the conceptual stuff. Our goal is to tell a story in a fun way. Really, I want to make a fantasy or surrealized version of what we go through while making these surf films. That's the concept. A sort of unreal portrayal of surf travel. And though it's not a documentary, we'd like the film to have shades of some older documentaries from the '50s and '60s that aren't necessarily about surfing, but more about adventures. The project is inspired by Jacques Cousteau, the classic surf films of Bruce Brown and George Greenough, frozen piña coladas and a few other things that I can't talk about.

How does this film differ from Year Zero?
Well, I always try to evolve the way my crew and I make movies. I don't want to get stuck doing the same thing in the same way each time. In this film, we won't be going to the places that surfers usually go. Like, our first trip we went to Iceland [see our February 2013 issue]. Basically, I want to go to places that may be harder to score or get good clips, but go deeper, stay longer and have the film reflect that adventure. Then when we do score, it'll show how valuable that method is. And visually, we want it better than anything we've ever done.

So this is an action-adventure surf movie?
Well the whole theme of "adventure" in the film will be kind of tongue-in-cheek because you've got the real adventurers like Chris Malloy, who are serious. [laughs] Like, they're real explorers. But I'm not quite the man that he is. For instance, I could see us lasting three days tops camping and shooting in some harsh, faraway land before Dion, the gang and I would retreat to the finest hotel within 1,000 miles to regain our strength by occupying the penthouse suite and eating venison paired with a nice pinot noir while doing a casting for a bikini-scene shoot at the rooftop pool. We're not exactly hard core adventurers.

And who will be starring in this film?
The Globe team! Dion Agius, Nate Tyler, Taj Burrow, Yadin Nicol, CJ and Damien Hobgood. But this time we're also trying to get some of the younger guys in the spotlight — Alex Smith, Creed McTaggart and our latest addition to the gang, Brendon Gibbens. We also want to have our friends come along, so there will probably be a few surprise guests along the way…