For the first 20 years of his career, only two or three photos of director Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven, Thin Red Line) were known to exist. Now that every cell phone has a camera on it, that number has gone up considerably. But even so, the below video represents a major step forward in the burgeoning field of Malickology—the longest, clearest, and most sustained glimpse we’ve had of the reclusive filmmaker to date.

As a work of film criticism, the video leaves something to be desired (“I don’t want to see a director that I’ve never seen before,” says the long-haired surfer dude at one point), but as a historical document, the value of the video cannot be overstated.