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Jaimal Yogis
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Since we couldn’t take the big budget approach we fell back on the good old-fashioned surf movie tradition: tell a story by having the dude on camera tell a story. Then, add waves and music.
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Love seeing the surf girls of Bangladesh featured in this month's @surfersjournal with a photos by our own Jordan Dozzi-Perry and Heather Kessinger.@themostfearless edit is getting closer everyday!
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The Maui Film Festival just released our screening date, June 16th, 8 PM at Celestial Cinema at the Wailea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9nko7epkwE
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When you're a creator of any sort, you're bound to wind up with a drawer of half-finished projects. A lot of times these projects collect dust and make you feel bad. They're reminders you failed - and yet you keep them around because, well, you never know...
But I'm starting to see that none of those projects go to waste. Bits of that novelized memoir end up in the real memoir you write later. A line from a half-finished song winds up in a poem. The experience of "failing" ends up happening to a character in your screenplay and, because you know what that feels like, you can write it believably.
Anyhow, this is a long-winded way of saying, go see this new film starring Ethan Hawke, Julian Moore, and Bill Hader called Maggie's Plan. My editor, publisher and friend Karen Rinaldi wrote this story fifteen years ago as a novel, then, too busy with her publishing job, shelved it. She'd all but given up on ever publishing it, but when a director friend needed a film, Karen brought out the dusty manuscript, one thing led to another, and the film just premiered in New York after going to Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, and Cannes. Karen's now publishing the novel, her first, this spring.
A dream outcome for a dusty, half-finished manuscript, but the moral of the story is, creativity never goes to waste. You either succeed. Or you learn. And sometimes it's both.
Here's the film. Go see it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbJ49IUyCcA
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Friends.
A couple years ago - trying to follow my own advice and with encouragement from my deft producer friend Jon Silk - I crawled into a cave and wrote a fantasy screenplay that rolls out in a boarding school in Hong Kong and involves dragons.
Now, these aren't just any dragons. These are the coolest creatures since ET and the Ewoks. I don't want to offend the spirits, but they may even be cooler than the Stay-Puffed Marshmallow Man.
But what are the chances that an original fantasy script gets made in Hollywood these days? Not high. And everyone and their mom has told me that.
But... a few weeks ago I put my script on The Blacklist - that list that has produced films like SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE KING'S SPEECH, and ARGO - and today, I got my first Blacklist review that called CITY OF DRAGONS "original and refreshing" and "set up brilliantly." The script earned all 7s and 8s which is supposed to trigger big industry interest.
Obviously, this does not mean my script will be made. But the Blacklist apparently works like this. Now that CITY OF DRAGONS is on the list and well-reviewed, other industry professionals can go on and download and rate it.
So: if you, your cousin, your cousin's friend, or that girl you dated eight years ago and still sometimes communicate with on Facebook is a Hollywood person, they are probably a member of this list. Please tell them they can go on and read and rate CITY OF DRAGONS. The future of humanity (and dragons) depends on it. (Once you read the story, you will understand.)
Thank you. 
http://www.blcklst.com/
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It's a tuesday for daring ideas. Here's a piece I wrote a while back along those lines. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jaimal-yogis/fear-failure_b_1872560.html #thefearproject  
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We'd love to see you for the Saltwater Buddha film premiere at the renowned San Diego Surf Film Festival. It has been quite a ride getting this project to the silver screen and we're stoked to celebrate at our first festival screening!
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San Diego! Now's the time to get your tickets for this Tuesday's screening of #SaltwaterBuddha at the San Diego Surf Film Festival. 8 PM at Misfit Pictures HQ in La Jolla. Lara N Popyack, Mike Madden, Jordan Dozzi-Perry, Roberto Vezzoni de Muniz (Maybe even a pre film surf sesh too!)
http://www.sandiegosurffilmfestival.com/tues-may-24th-cele…/
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If you're around Monterey tonight, Saltwater Buddha will screen at Asilomar chapel, 9 pm, for the Bluemind Summit. Editor Jordan Dozzi-Perry and I will be there. (Fully clothed.)

www.saltwaterbuddha.org
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Here's the official Saltwater Buddha trailer!

Thank you to everyone who helped on this!!! Again, too many names to mention but for now, the brilliant Jordan Dozzi-Perry for editing, Roberto Vezzoni de Muniz and Mike Madden for shooting. Arjan-Jeppe Øye de Brée for this radical song. Logan Landry, Holly R Beck, Andy Olive, Danny Hess, Jay Nelson, for shreddding. The whole Surf for Life team, Alexander J Fang and Urijah Faber our Executive Producer. Musicians Sully ActsUp, Bird Courage, Gregory Alan Isakov, M.c. Yogi, Silas Hite, Killian MacGeraghty, the Bee Sisters, Jim Klar. All my family for putting up with this project and and most of all, Director Lara N Popyack for making it all possible. Oh, and that handsome old guy is my dad, Peter Yogis.
The film screens for the first time this Wednesday night at the Bluemind Summit at Asilomar. Listing all confirmed screenings below.
Oh, and please share the trailer with anyone you think might like it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9nko7epkwE
SCREENINGS
BLUEMIND SUMMIT
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey, California
This screening at the Asilomar Chapel is open to all Bluemind Summit attendees and Asilomar guests. Here is a brief description of the summit.
“Join us for our sixth annual Blue Mind Summit where interdisciplinary professionals work at the intersection of brain science and conservation. This year's summit will speak to the deep emotional connection we have with water and how the interplay directly impacts our lives.
World renown writers, scientists, artists, athletes and academia will dive deep into the exploration of your brain (and lives) on water while tackling subjects rarely discussed in the world of conservation.”
http://www.bluemindcollective.com/
SAN DIEGO SURF FILM FESTIVAL
Tuesday, May 24th, 8:00 - 9:00 PM
Misfit Pictures HQ
565 Pearl St #100
La Jolla, CA 92037
“The SDSFF 2016 will highlight over 40 international films, dozens of filmmakers and producers in attendance, intimate Q&As, filmmaker panel and workshops, an amazing surf art gallery, surf legends and shaping demos, beach clean-ups and expression sessions, incredible live music, serendipitous live art, book-signings, rad folks and raging after-parties and an invitational winner take all Wompfest.”
http://www.sandiegosurffilmfestival.com/
LIGHTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
June 9-12
Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Time and Location, TBA
The Lighthouse International Film Festival was founded by a collection of filmmakers, film critics and film industry professionals who share a passion for film and wanted to create an event aimed first and foremost at film enthusiasts. The 2015 festival will present feature films, shorts, documentaries and family films, as well as panel discussions with leading film industry professionals. Taking place on Long Beach Island, NJ -- one of the East Coast's most popular surfing destinations -- the festival celebrates three days of new, exciting and challenging films in honor of Long Beach Island's historic Barnegat Lighthouse.
http://www.lighthousefilmfestival.org/
MAUI FILM FESTIVAL
June 15-19
Grand Wailea Hotel, Maui, Hawaii
Time and location TBA
With many films screened outdoors under the stars, the Los Angeles Times has written that the Maui Film Festival is “star-studded theater like no other” and “the perfect place to watch a movie.”
http://www.mauifilmfestival.com/
SPECIAL SHOWING, BALBOA THEATER, SAN FRANCISCO
June 30th, 7-10 PM (with music and after party)
Details TBA
http://www.cinemasf.com/balboa/
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New Poster with Film Festival laurels. #saltwaterbuddha  

More anouncments to come at www.saltwaterbuddha.org
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Just as heat dispels cold, loving-kindness counters anger. We need to learn how to counter our various emotions. Distraction is just a temporary measure. The longer lasting remedy is to be able to see positive qualities in something or someone you otherwise see as negative. Since there is rarely any justification for destructive emotions, we need to become aware of what gives rise to them and what the antidotes are.
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Jaimal Yogis is an author, journalist, and screenwriter. His first book, a best-selling coming-of-age memoir called Saltwater Buddha, was praised by The Times of London, Publishers Weekly, and selected as one of E!’s Best Summer Reads as well as one of Headbutler.com’s 100 Essentials of all time. It has been translated into Spanish, Italian, German, and Finnish. A feature film based on the book is in production. Jaimal’s second book, The Fear Project, is a personal and scientific investigation into fear and courage. It was featured in Oprah, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Forbes, Outside, and many others, and is currently being used in a number of schools as a contemporary way of teaching neuroscience and psychology. Currently, Jaimal is finishing a feature screenplay with producers Jon Silk (Gangster Squad) and Brad Fischer (Zodiac, Shutter Island, Black Swan) and working on a new memoir for Harper Collins. He is also the writer / producer for a forthcoming documentary, The Most Fearless. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Jaimal’s reporting has been featured in ESPN Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Magazine, AFAR, The Surfers Journal, Sunset Magazine, and dozens of others. He is the recipient of the 2005 Leslie Rachel Sanders Award for Social Justice Reporting, a 2007 Maggie Award for Best Magazine Feature, and two Scripps Howard reporting scholarships. In 2010, The Common Wealth Club voted him “The New Face of San Francisco Media” for his popular writing in San Francisco Magazine. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and their two sons.
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Author of The Fear Project, Saltwater Buddha and soon a new Harper Collins novel. Upcoming films: Saltwater Buddha, City of Dragons, The Most Fearless
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