On Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector will screen 180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless, a 2010 documentary directed by Chris Malloy. In 2008, Jeff Johnson travels from Ventura, California to Patagonia, Chile, retracing the 1968 trip of Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins, in honor of their lifetimes of environmental activism and their contributions to wilderness ethics. Chouinard and Tompkins played a leading role in the worldwide movement to preserve the South American wilderness, and Chouinard founded the eco-conscious outdoor gear and clothing company, Patagonia, a model for innovative, sustainable business practices.
Johnson travels by sea from Mexico and south along the west coast of Chile, surfing, sailing and climbing as he goes. Upon reaching Patagonia, Johnson meets with Chouinard and Tompkins. They join him for the extremely challenging ascent of Cerro Corcovado, imparting wisdom along the way, sharing their philosophies, life experiences and thoughts on the future of the world. This exciting yet reflective film includes documentary footage from Chouinard and Tomkins’ original 1968 trek. The subtitle of the film comes from Lionel Terray’s mountaineering autobiography, Les Conquérants de l’inutile (1961).
A Patagonia spokesperson will join us for a community discussion following the film.