NYC Surf Film Fest announces official selection
"Sebastian Beach One Fine Day" enters the Feature Films Category at the NYC Surf Film Festival
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 September, 2012 : - - Florida in surfing terms is known for small choppy inconsistent waves So how did a husband and wife who never even intended to make a "surf film" to enter into festival's; but only a private story about their small adventure; catch the attention of the NYC Surf Film Festival where some of the most prestigious surfing films in the world premiere?
The Yeager's simple film about the "the love of surfing" features no surf stars or interviews, no huge waves or competitive surfing maneuvers, not even a single person speaking on camera for that matter, just music and images. Many films that Premiere at the NYC Surf Film Festival feature huge 50 to 100 foot surf, exotic surfing locations filmed with many major surf stars and competitors, some are even sponsored by the big surfing corporations.
The story was simple. William and Anais simply went "surfing" after traveling for over 3 years, living and surviving in the desert filming their other film; a 3 -part trilogy ( 10 hours long) called "Jesus of Malibu", where the couple wrote, produced, directed, acted and completed the film without any funding, and without even a film crew. The filmmakers stirred up a lot of controversy last year when William and Anais were featured in the National news on CNN, INSIDE EDITION, CBS, NBC, ABC, Good Morning America, Today, New York Times, Boston Globe, BCC, A.P. Press, and Internationally all the way from Australia to Germany and Japan about their film, and their "mysterious pianos" that they left across the globe.
7 years ago, husband and wife and Independent filmmakers, directors, actors, musicians, and activists William and Anais Yeager spent 24-hours a day searching for a way to discover a scientific and metaphysical concept of how to create powerful art. When they came upon this revolutionary process, they called this discovery "Transcendental Filmmaking" a term that involves intense devotional study to sacred geometry and filming on sacred geometric locations, composing music with new tunings and scales that create a higher frequency wave vibration that affects the pineal gland, and causes a higher consciousness of thinking, intense mental and physical training, and following the Universe for guidance in all ways.
The concept also involves using no effects, or fake lighting, no scripts, and no film crew or even any money, backers, investors, to be used. It's principles also include that everything that is found and discarded as junk, garbage, and roadside trash, is used to make props, homes, whatever the film calls for.
The principles of "Transcendental Filmmaking" lie in the foundation of simplicity, purity, beauty, translucency, serenity, and "truth".
And the film must be made with nothing but sound and a camera, no money and no film crews.
Sebastian Beach One Fine Day is the film that opens the door to something beyond just surfing and nature, but brings with it something as a "parabolic hidden wisdom", edited in simple chapters like the ancient Vedas, or Scriptures, each "segment" such as the segment titled; "Things and Stuff" shows "Anais" trying to learning how to stand up on her surfboard; pouring resin into her broken board, and hanging up dripping wet baggies. Many scenes are filmed in extreme close up and breathe with patience, never rushed or fast paced like so many of todays marketing techniques used in pop culture .
Anais's uses her 1940's Kodak camera in the film itself which reveals shots of pelicans, flowers, small trains and her symbolic black dress of herself dancing on a broken surfboard. The music is an eclectic mixture of rock, Spanish Gypsy, Cuban Latin, Surf Jazz, symphonic, new age, all of it clairvoyant in that the film only needs the music to covey its message, one of the "power of serenity and simplicity".
A scene in the movie reveals a walk in the jungle trail, where the Yeager's find a dead sea turtle over a mile away from the ocean across from A1A in Sebastian Florida. Hours later they play some of this "Transcendental Music" to the dead sea turtle in a tupperware filled with water, where it literally becomes alive and is released into the ocean.This is one miraculous "miracle" filmed in real time, is just some of the power that the Yeager's knew they would discover eventually, but they didn't know if the world would and could understand its parabolic underpinnings and metaphysical approach.
It was also in Costa Rica that Yeager began experimenting with his new tunings and wave frequencies on the wild monkeys observing their behaviors. Yeager began studying about brain neurology, and how the brain neurons can be affected by wave frequencies. He began incorporating these "sacred geometric tones", creating new tunings and scales that in fact affect the pineal gland which causes a higher consciousness of thinking.
This music was used in the film "Jesus of Malibu" but Yeager uses it sparingly in the surfing film, instead composing music that sounds like it is from the 1970's playing music that sounds like classic Santana, and Led Zeppelin, and mixing in some of the vibrational music.
Billy Yeager, a musician who plays every single instrument by ear, and struggled for over 23 years to get a record deal was in fact discovered by Grammy Award Winner Bruce Hornsby in 1993, and there was even a documentary film made about his life called "Jimmy's Story" that has won several awards. Yeager who has won several song writers awards and composed all the music for the surf film " Sebastian Beach One Fine Day".
They began collecting items found along the shore and together the two of them made a "surf shack" and lived there for most of the time. The shack was similar to the one that is famous in Malibu California, that became popular in surfing culture. It is also where the Yeager's composed the music for the film mixing the actual sounds of the ocean waves into some of the soundtrack.
They began filming everyday and the events that unfolded around them. There was the day they found the dead sea turtle that they took home. It didn't' come to life, yet the film reveals when Yeager plays the sacred vibrational music the sea turtle comes back to life. Found 1 mile from the ocean itself, it was in fact dead, yet it is apparent something of a miracle happens when they release the small turtle the size of a domino, as it magically and majestically swims away.
Drew Kampion the former editor of SURFER, SURFING, WIND SURF and WIND TRACKS magazines was smitten by the Yeager's spiritual transcendental surfing film stating; The wonderful thing about this creative product of the combined wills and imaginations of Anais and Billy Yeager is how profoundly it succeeds in quietly crystalizing an alternative reality in the here and now.Their language of innocent play underpinned with a dystopian despair – a sustained dialogue between the sensual pleasures of simple existence and the sense of aimlessness and utter loss that naturally grow out of what George Gurdjieff called "the terror of our situation" – evokes a mood of homelessness tinged with a sweet optimism reminiscent of the 1960s; which also evokes a sense of having been made by two people that stumbled upon a movie camera in the wilderness and are discovering what it's for.
Drew is also the author of THE BOOK OF WAVES STOKED: A HISTORY OF SURF CULTURE DORA LIVES: THE AUTHORIZED STORY OF MIKI DORA, and GREG NOLL: THE ART OF THE SURFBOARD
Author: Teddy Stinson
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