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Billy Yeager

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2005- 2011 Jesus of Malibu Film Trilogy Link

2012 Sebastian Beach One Fine Day Premiered at the NYC Surf Film Festival Link

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BIO

30 years ahead of his time Billy Yeager was creating what we now know as ‘Reality Television’.

Yeager filmed his entire life beginning in 1978.

While people ridiculed Billy for what they did not understand, he never stopped filming (1978- 2001)  and instinctively knew he was creating something more than just original, but revolutionary.

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  In 1992 Yeager purchased 4 video cameras and placed them in his automobile, outside of his apartment, and carried them everywhere he went. He even constructed a homemade aerial crane out of lumber that was nailed together  bungee cording his camera atop so he could film himself from 50 feet high in the air.

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Yeager’s self-made aerial shot filmed on the beach playing a piano.

Billy Yeager has written and recorded over 1400 musical compositions. In his early 20′s Yeager won several National Songwriting contests. He produced his first album “What’s It Gonna Take” in 1983 and enlisted over 22 musicians to play on which today is considered to be collectable.

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On his second album “Be My Valentine” produced in 1985 he played every instrument. (The album was recorded at Circle Sound Studios (The Inner Circle Reggae Band’s private studio); Yeager was the guitar player for the Grammy Award winning band from 1985- 1987.)

Yeager has recorded with jazz greats Ira Sullivan and Jaco Pastorius who considered Billy one of the greatest guitarists he ever performed with.

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In 1983 Yeager recorded a jam session with Jaco and then went to jam live at a pub in Deerfield Beach Florida “Tipperary Pub”. The performance was filmed on VHS by the bars owner and was last seen being auctioned on-line.

From 1985 until 1992 Yeager confined himself to a small apartment on Hollywood Beach. He took a part time job as a janitor; he would wake up every morning at 3 a.m. and returned home at 8:00 a.m. This would allow him to be able write and record songs during the rest of the day and develop  his own style.

During this period Yeager recorded over 850 songs on his 4-track recorder.

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In 1992 Yeager gave a copy of his original music to Grammy Award Winner Bruce Hornsby backstage at a concert. Bruce called Billy personally from the road while he was performing with the Grateful Dead and wanted to help him; Hornsby thought Billy’s songs were very different and original and wanted to help him get a Record Contract with Capitol Records.

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Capitol Records advanced Billy money to record better sounding demos at a professional recording studio. Because of the publicity of Yeager being discovered by Bruce Hornsby, he then received a management deal with Larakin management. Yeager’s music was presented to the Record Companies in 1992-1993. However  in 1992 the industry had changed and the labels were only signing rap and grunge music and Yeager was rejected by every label for the next 2 years.

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Billy’s “Wall of Rejection”.

Yeager had already been rejected by all the major labels previously for over 20 years. Billy figured if he couldn’t get signed to a label with even the help and support of Bruce, and several other well- known studio musicians who wanted to record on Yeager’s music, then it would never happen.

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One night while watching the movie “Tootsie” ( Dustin Hoffman who is a struggling actor disguises himself as a woman to get acting jobs) Yeager hatched his brilliant idea to become Jimi Hendrix’s Son “Jimmy’s Story”.

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 Yeager’s life and film gained attention when he fooled the press in the U.S. and Internationally that he was the “long lost son of Jimi Hendrix”; he dyed his skin black and promoted himself as “Jimmy Story”, the long lost son of Jimi Hendrix. For 2 years Yeager planned and concocted a convoluted and very complex “conspiracy hoax” on the media promoting himself as his own manager and even becoming certified as a “certified graphologist” thereby certifying all of his ‘bogus documents’ giving them to the press.

The rise to fame as Hendrix’s illegitimate son was a success; Yeager was featured on television news shows, appearing in psychedelic garb, mumbling as if on drugs, and filming the whole facade for his film Jimmy’s Story.

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Years of filming and over 200 hours of footage was compiled. From 1997 until 2003 Yeager spent many years editing over 6 different versions of the film. Jimmy’s Story was finally completed in 2003.

Yeager’s story about the making of the film was featured on Bravo Television in 1998.

The film was quoted as being  “epic in scale” and a “masterpiece”.

Dean Treadway the program director at the DIFF Film Festival stated; “Out of the 700 films submitted Jimmy’s Story is the one that moved me most to tears of joy and frustration”.

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Heralded as a major achievement “Jimmy’s Story” won an unprecedented 4 awards at the Dahlonega International Film Festival in 2003 for Best first film, Best director, Best documentary and Best folk film, and Best Documentary at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Yeager chose not to enter the film into other festivals however because of his reproach against film festivals.

Yeager’s next film was called “A Perfect Song” which he wrote, produced, directed and acted and also composed all the music. He completed the film without any prior knowledge of filmmaking.

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The film was made with no money. (Yeager shaved his head and gained 35 pounds for the lead role. He also performed the role of Lloyd’s brother which he filmed before he shaved his head. Yeager won best actor at the Delray Beach Film Festival in 2004.)

In 2000 Yeager began painting with the infamous Florida Highwaymen and filmed a documentary called “The Florida Highwaymen”. Yeager is the only person ever to have painted with the original Highwaymen Livingston “Castro” Roberts. Yeager’s art is now collectable folk art because of the recognition of his films, music and humanitarian projects.

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Billy and his wife Anais met in 2005 and spent the next 7 years making their film “Jesus of Malibu”, which is a 11-hour 3 part film trilogy. The Yeager’s were featured in the International news promoting their film (which was written, produced, directed, acted and all music composed by husband and wife).

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The film was completed with no financial backing and not even a one person film crew. (The only film in the history of cinema to ever have been created in this fashion.)

The Yeager’s then returned back to Florida where Yeager wanted to produce a documentary surf film that would resemble the old style surf flicks from the late 1950′s and 1960′s. Billy witnessed a negative change in the surf industry where most surfers were only interested in sponsorship, money, and fame, rather than souring for the love of it.

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The Yeager’s began filming their next movie “Sebastian Beach One Fine Day”.

Drew Kampion the former editor of SURFER , SURFING, and SURFERS PATH stated that “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 crystallizing an alternative reality in the here and now”.

The film was chosen for the NYC Surf Film Festival and Premiered in 2012.

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The Yeager’s were contacted by the production company Maltese Productions who wanted to produce the film documentary about the Yeager’s and their film Jesus of Malibu. The documentary film would be called “The Film that Changed the World”. Documentary footage would include most all of the vintage footage filmed by both Anais and William Yeager since the day they met and began preparing themselves for the roles of Mindy and Jesus.

The film includes many interviews from people all over the world who were inspired by the Yeager’s film trailer of the movie “Jesus of Malibu”, which was banned, petitioned, and removed by youtube 4-times.

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The Yeager’s continue to pursue the concept of using art to change the world. Their mission is to establish the Mindy’s Wish and Foundation Charity which “helps those who cannot help themselves”.

Their vision is to screen “Jesus of Malibu” in the desert, which would be a destination to travel to, so as to “experience” the film at a remote location where people can camp out, walk trails, read spiritual books and teachings, practice mediation, and watch the 3- part film trilogy over an extended 3 -day period, allowing oneself the opportunity to clear the mind and focus on what their meaning and purpose in life is, so as to change oneself, and then “change the world”.

Von Weinberg