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Billy Yeager
Billy Yeager Lake Worth Fl.
Background information
Birth name William Conrad Yeager
Born (1957-09-06) September 6, 1957 (age 59)
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Origin Notable Works * Jimmy's Story * A Perfect Song * Florida Highwaymen * Sebastian Beach One Fine Day * Jesus of Malibu
Genres
  • surf jazz * avant garde
  • pop latin-gypsy
  • movie soundtrack
  • japanese folk
  • mountain hillbilly jazz
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer, film producer, director, actor, activist, humanitarian, philanthropist.
Years active 1983–present
Labels
  • Surf Jazz Records
  • Contour Records
  • Palm Tree Records 1984-1985
  • Palm Tree Records
  • Contour Records
  • Florida Stage and Screen 1985-1989
Website billyyeager.com

William Conrad Yeager, also known as “Billy Yeager”, (born 6 September 1957) is an American singer-songwriter, self -taught musician, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.[1] [2] He has recorded over 2400 musical compositions. [3] [4] His record albums and CDs have become extremely rare and are considered highly collectable.[5] Yeager is also a film producer, director, and actor. He has been described as "an extraordinary multifaceted visionary talent that defies description" and “a musical genius”. [6] [7] Yeager is also a controversial performance artist and metaphysical art musical scientist who has spent many years trying to discover a higher conscious sacred geometry geometric wave frequency that can raise conscious awareness and heal disease. [8] [9] [10] [11]

In 2016, Billy Yeager’s life story was made into a feature film documentary called “Billy Yeager / The Ineffable Enigma". [12] [13] The film features samples of Yeager's works and also includes interviews with record collectors from around the world.[14] The film is rated 5 stars by film critic Michael Atkinson who said, "Yeager is one of the greatest artists of all time.” [15] [16]

Billy Yeager has worked, performed and recorded with other world renowned artists such as Inner Circle (band) , Ira Sullivan, Carmine Appice and "world’s greatest bass player" Jaco Pastorius. [17] [18] [19] [20] Jaco Pastorius and Billy Yeager met in 1983 and recorded a live performance jam. [21] On the recording, Jaco can be heard stating that Billy was the greatest guitar player he had ever played with. [22] [23] Prince (musician) also described Billy as one of "the most funkiest guitarists" he had ever heard. [24]

In 1992 Billy was discovered by Grammy Award Winner Bruce Hornsby who had been given a demo tape of Yeager's songs. The songs were recorded on a 4- track recorder at his apartment in Hollywood, Florida.[25] [26] Bruce was able to help Billy receive a development deal with Capitol Records. [27] [28] In 2000, Yeager was discovered again by Kiss manager Doc McGhee who said that Yeager was his “next big discovery.” [29] [30]

Yeager is also recognized as one of the first people that introduced the concept of what is now known as “reality television.” [31]For over 25 years Yeager filmed his life with 4-video cameras. [32] [33] In 1997 Yeager received International recognition as a "controversial performance artist" when he permanently dyed his skin black and convinced the press that he was the long lost son of Jimi Hendrix, calling himself Jimmy Story. [34] [35] The name Jimmy Story was chosen to be the title of the feature film documentary called "Jimmy's Story". [36] [37] The film won Best Documentary, Best Folk Film, Best Director and Best first feature at the DIFF International Film Festival in 2003. [38] [39] [40]

Yeager began a short career as an acting coach from 1999- 2002. He was the first person to design the nation’s first on- camera independent film acting class. [41] [42] [43] [44]

In 2003 Yeager wrote, produced, directed and acted in his 3rd feature film titled "A Perfect Song", which won awards for Best Musical Score and Best Actor at the Delray Beach Film Festival. [45] [46] In 2003, Yeager was discovered again by Rod Stewart, when he was performing in Palm Beach, Florida. [47] [48] [49] [50] Stewart wanted Billy to write songs for him, but Yeager left Florida to travel to the mojave desert with his wife Anais to produce the film trilogy "Jesus of Malibu", which they wrote, directed, acted in, and completed without any investment backers or film crew. [51] [52] [53] [54] [55]

In 2011, the Yeagers were featured on CNN, Inside Edition, CBS, NBC, ABC, Good-Morning America, the A.P. Press and Internationally regarding "The Mysterious Piano”, which was an artistic protest campaign for raising conscious awareness. [56] [57] [58] [59] [60] Shortly after they were contacted by Maltese Productions who produced a feature film documentary called "The Film that Changed the World" about the making of "Jesus of Malibu". [61] [62] [63] "The Film That Changed The World" premiered at the Red Dirt International Film Festival in 2015 and won "Most Inspirational Movie Award". [64] [65] [66]

Yeager is also an accomplished artist whose paintings are considered collectable folk art because of his association with The Florida artists know as The Highwaymen (artists), specifically, Livingston (Castro) Roberts. [67] Castro is one of the original Florida Highwaymen who was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. [68] He taught Yeager how to paint with oils on masonite board while Yeager was filming the documentary film called "The Florida Highwaymen". [69]

In 2012, William and Anais Yeager established the "Mindy’s Wish and Foundation” which is a charity foundation “to help to those who can’t help themselves,” providing wheelchairs for landmine victims, and also distributing musical instruments to the destitute and poor. [70] [71]

Early Life[edit]

William Conrad Yeager was born on September 6, 1957, in Miami, Florida. He was raised in Hollywood, Florida, with his 2 sisters, by his mother, Gail Kennedy, and his father, Raymond Yeager. At age 6 years old he taught himself how to play his father’s homemade guitar that was made out of an old dresser drawer. [72] [73] He also invented and created many of his own distortion (music) fuzz boxes. One of these foot-switches was made from an old electric toaster which created a unique and unusual overdrive distortion sound. Yeager was 8 years old when he played his first public performance in Hallandale, Florida. [74][75]

Music[edit]

Yeager's first job was at the Castaways Lounge in Miami Beach where he started playing professionally with disco bands. It was also at the Castaways Lounge where Yeager became close friends with Tommy Bolin; they were together the night Bolin died. [76] In 1983 Billy and Johnny Depp became friends and played in bands together in Hollywood, Florida, and in Hallandale, FL, at the Treehouse Lounge. [77] [78] In 1983 Yeager began taking his music seriously and decided he didn't want to play cover songs anymore. In 1983 Yeager released his first album called "What's It Gonna Take" which featured a line-up of some of the best studio musicians in South Florida, including Dennis Noday, Al Shikaly, and Jaco Pastorius. Bunny Yeager is credited as photographer for the front and the back covers of the album.[79] [80]

That same year Yeager read about a record convention being held in South Florida that was mentioned in one of the trade magazines. Columbia Records executive Chuck Gregory saw Yeager standing in the lobby of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel handing out his record albums. [81] Chuck Gregory had a record player sent to his room. As soon as he finished listening to 3 songs he immediately wanted to sign Billy to his new record label, HMS Records, which had just signed artist Gino Vanelli. Chuck wanted to promote Billy as the next big guitar player, such as Jimmie Vaughan, who was also signed to the label, but Billy rejected the offer insisting he was not just a guitar player but wanted to be considered more as a singer songwriter.[82]

In 1984 Yeager refused to play cover songs in a cover-band ever again.[83]

In 1985 Yeager released his 2nd album "Be My Valentine”. "Be My Valentine" was recorded and engineered at Circle Sound Studios, and Yeager played all the instruments himself. [84] During this period Yeager was used as a session player recording all the guitar parts for the reggae band Inner Circle from 1985- 1986, and also for many artists that recorded at Circle Sound Studios such as Rita Marley, and Pearl Marley. However, Yeager was never given any musical credits for any of the recordings.[85]

Seclusion 1986 until 1992[edit]

in 1985 Yeager decided to quit playing in bands for good.[86]

From 1986 until 1992 Yeager secluded himself in his beachside apartment in Hollywood, Florida. He worked on crafting his songwriting skills, searching diligently for his own original sound. In the early mornings he worked part-time as a janitor, which allowed him to write and record songs for the rest of the day.[87] During this period he wrote and recorded over 750 songs. [88] Yeager would sometimes write and record up to 5 songs in one day. After 6 years of dedication, he was discovered by Grammy Award Winner Bruce Hornsby, who had been given a copy of Yeager’s demo-tape that had been recorded on his 4 track recorder. [89] [90] Bruce was impressed with Billy’s original style of compositions and musical production and wanted to help Billy receive a record contract with RCA Records.[91] Soon after he received a management contract with Gerry Georgettis who worked with [[Pink Floyd] and Larrikin management company. Georgettis was responsible for managing the careers of Perry Farrel, Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros , Sponge, Tool, and Henry Rollins. [92][93]

From 1992 until 1996 Yeager was rejected by all the major labels. Billy’s music was considered adult contemporary music, and despite his undeniable talents the record labels stated that they were only signing grunge music bands and rap artists. [94] After 4 more years of rejection, Yeager decided to focus his attention to filmmaking. [95]

Styles[edit]

Yeager creates his own styles of music, which defy typical categories, such as “Surf Jazz”, “Japanese Folk”, “Gypsy Rock”, “Mountain Hillbilly Jazz”. [96] In 2015, Yeager was signed to Surf Jazz Records founded by Chris Von Weinberg, who also produced the film "Billy Yeager The Ineffable Enigma". [97] Chris Von Weinberg and Von Weinberg LTD manage and promote Billy's films, music and benefit concerts. [98] [99]

Filmography[edit]

*Jimmy's Story. 1997-2001.[edit]

*The Florida Highwaymen 2002.[edit]

*A Perfect Song 2003.[edit]

*The Florida Highwaymen 2003.[edit]

*Jesus of Malibu 2011.[edit]

*Sebastian Beach One Fine Day 2012.[edit]

Jimmy's Story.[edit]

For over 25 years, while Yeager was writing his music, he was also filming his life with 4- video cameras. [100] In 1998 the first version of the feature film "Jimmy's Story" was produced with the help from his aunt and famous photographer Bunny Yeager and CDG (Cultural Development Group). [101] Jimmy's Story is a documentary film about Billy's struggle as a musician trying to make it in the music industry. [102] It also features his father Ray Yeager who once was a country star signed to MGM Records, but lost his voice to cancer. There are over 5 different edited versions of the film "Jimmy's Story”. [103] All are considered to be underground cult classics and collectable. "Jimmy's Story Part 2" called "The American Dream" is considered to be the most rare and valuable.[104]

Yeager spent over 6 years editing 5 different versions of "Jimmy’s Story". One of the final versions of the film was re-edited in 2001 with the help of Daniel Myrick, creator of the movie The Blair Witch Project.[105] The making of the film "Jimmy's Story" was featured on Bravo Television and on [[John Pierson]'s show Spilt Screen in 2001. [106] Collector Steven Speigel, featured in the film "Billy Yeager The Ineffable Enigma”, discovered the only known copy that exists of the "Jimmy's Story" soundtrack, which features Yeager’s "Jimi Hendrix Bolero Tape Lost Recordings” music on eBay. [107] The soundtrack was listed for 90,000.00, Steven was the highest bidder purchasing the rare soundtrack for 85,000.00. [108]

"Jimmy's Story" is described as "epic in scale" and characterized as a "Wayne's World meets Spinal Tap." [109] Comments that have been made about the film are "Every musician in America should see this film," “That a local musician such as Yeager was able to turn a life of artistic struggle into a visual story is unique enough. [110] That anyone without any prior film experience could have actually transformed 100 hours of raw footage and 20 years of personal history into a finished more than feature length film is a testament to perseverance”, and "He finished his film against all odds". The film features cameos by Bunny Yeager and Bruce Hornsby.[111]

"Jimmy's Story" won an unprecedented 4- Awards at the Dahlonega International Film Festival in 2003. [112] [113] [114]

Soon after, Yeager was approached by talent agency CAA known as Creative Artists Agency who offered to produce a Hollywood version of his life story, but Yeager turned it down. [115]

Jimi Hendrix Hoax[edit]

In 1995 Yeager began fabricating an elaborate "murder conspiracy story" while impersonating to be Jimi Hendrix's illegitimate son. He called himself "Jimmy Story / The long lost son of Jimi Hendrix".[116] Yeager permanently dyed his skin black with Rit clothes dye and invested over one year meticulously planning the media hoax. [117] His convoluted story was believed by the press until Yeager exposed himself mirroring Dustin Hoffman’s performance in the movie Tootsie. Jimmy Story was presented as “breaking news” on WSVN in Miami, and also appeared on the front cover of Ft. Lauderdale’s XS Magazine. [118] After Yeager revealed his hoax, the Miami Herald featured a front page article about it. The media outlets that had published the story were embarrassed and angry with Yeager and had to follow up on the story with a retraction. [119]

But what most people failed to understand was that Yeager had planned the whole Jimi Hendrix Hoax to bring attention to the ridiculous fascination and obsession people have with celebrities, and also to reveal the unprofessional and inaccurate journalism created by the press. [120] Not only did Yeager prove his point, but he knew the behind the scenes footage would be hysterical in his film documentary "Jimmy's Story” bringing laughter and tears. [121] [122]

The Bolero Tapes[edit]

The Bolero Tapes

One of Jimi Hendrix's last projects was going to be titled The Bolero Tapes. Yeager fabricated music that was supposed to be the lost Bolero Tapes written by Jimi Hendrix. [123] These raw recordings on cassette tape, had supposedly been given to Jimmy Story's mother "Sunshine Story" by Jimi Hendrix before his death. The press was curious if this music could actually be the lost Bolero recordings and forwarded music samples to musical experts. [124] Jimi Hendrix's closest colleagues, Buddy Miles and Mitch Mitchell, heard the recordings and stated that "the phrasing, lyrics, chord progression is no doubt Jimi Hendrix". [125] [126] However, it was actually Yeager who had written and recorded the songs. Yeager then featured the music as the soundtrack for his film documentary. [127] [128]

Yeager also created his "[[Jimi Hendrix] Hoax" because he knew he needed a "hook" for his film to be considered unique. His plan worked, he was discovered by well known film rep John Pierson, who was responsible for jump starting the careers of Spike Lee, Michael Moore, and Richard Linklater. [129] John Pierson featured the story of the "making of the film" (Jimmy's Story) on his television show called Split Screen. [130]

The Florida Highwaymen 2002.[edit]

In 1999, Yeager met the famous artists called “The Florida Highwaymen” and spent 2 years documenting the artists for the film "The Florida Highwaymen / The Other Side of the Road". [131] Yeager documented Alfred Hair’s sister, Manie Buckner, Hezekiah Baker, Johnny Daniels, Al Black, Rodney Demps, Charles Walker, Jimmy Stovall, and Livingston Roberts also known as Castro. [132] In the film Yeager makes friends with Castro and asks him to teach him how to paint. Yeager is taught by Castro to paint with oils on masonite boards, the same kind used by many of the original Florida Highwaymen artists. [133] In one scene of the documentary Yeager and Castro paint a Florida landscape painting together, which is considered to be extremely rare, considering that all 26 artists painted alongside each other, and all were African American. Castro passed away in 2008. The painting that he created with Yeager has become very valuable and was featured in a Fox News segment. [134]

A Perfect Song 2003.[edit]

Yeager wrote, produced, directed and acted in his next feature film called "A Perfect Song" playing the part of 2 characters, "Lloyd" the film’s main character, and his brother. [135] Yeager gained 30 pounds and shaved his head for the role of Lloyd. The scenes of the brother were filmed first before shaving his head. Paying homage to his friend Jaco Pastorius, Yeager developed the character Lloyd imitating many of Jaco's mannerisms. [136] [137] [138] The film was produced for less than 600.00 and Yeager composed and wrote all the music himself scoring symphonic compositions all by ear. [139] The movie was filmed in Lake Worth, Florida, where a majority of the story is centered around. [140] [141]

The Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida was also used as a filming location, using Ed Leedskalnin’s creations as metaphors in the film. [142] The film was released by Yeager's own production company Mo Grabbin Films and there was a limited edition DVD manufactured. [143] Yeager won "Best Soundtrack" and "Best Actor" Award at the Delray Beach Film Festival in 2003. [144]

Jesus of Malibu 2011.[edit]

[145]

In 2009, Anais and Billy Yeager made the decision to give away most of their possessions and purchased a 1970 Nomad 14-foot travel trailer which was to become their living quarters, film studio, and recording studio for the next 3 years as they filmed the trilogy ”Jesus of Malibu". [146] "Jesus of Malibu" was filmed entirely without any financial backing and not even a one person film crew. The Yeagers were the actors, writers, producers, and directors of the film. They also built their own film sets and made their own wardrobe. [147] Many of the props used in the film were discarded items they found along the road and in ghost towns. "Jesus of Malibu" was produced by a method called "Transcendental Transcendentalism Filmmaking". [148] A great portion of the film was filmed in the desert. During the preparation and the filming of "Jesus of Malibu" Billy and Anais fasted for many weeks on nothing but water, as they went through an extreme body and mind training regimen. Sacred geometry was used to create the soundtrack of the film and they filmed on specific energy grids and Ley lines. [149]

All the music for the film was written and produced by Billy and Anais and was composed on location and recorded live for many of the scenes in the film. [150] The music was also composed using sacred geometric musical scales and tunings whereby Yeager designed a way to create higher conscious vibrations from scientific experiments. [151] Yeager also made a cigar box guitar which his character plays live in the film. "Jesus of Malibu" was filmed in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. [152]

"Jesus of Malibu" only screens in the Mojave desert at a remote location unknown to the general public. To be able to attend the film screening, you must submit an application and be accepted. [153] There are no vehicles, phones, cameras or recording devices allowed on the premises. [154] All proceeds are used for the Yeagers’ Mindy’s Wish and Foundation, which was established to "help those who cannot help themselves.” The story of the making of "Jesus of Malibu" was produced into a documentary film called "The Film That Changed The World.” [155] [156]

The 7-minute "Jesus of Malibu" film trailer.[edit]

When the Yeagers completed their film, they edited a 7-minute film trailer and posted it on YouTube. [157] The film trailer was seen by millions including film critic Roger Ebert who stated that "I wish everyone in the world to see this film, including myself.” [158]

Jesus of Malibu Petitioned Banned[edit]

When the Yeagers completed their film they edited and posted a 7-minute film trailer that ignited a fury of debate. Parents Against Immoral Media founder Pam Dawson petitioned the film trailer to be removed from YouTube. [159] Counter protests ensued and The Christian A.P. Press became involved and subsequently the Westboro Baptist Church known for its hate campaigns became involved posting even more petitions on their web-site. [160] But the film trailer titled "The Film that Changed the World" gained momentum and also garnered a stream of devoted fans, artists, musicians and other filmmakers who became involved with the Yeagers JOM Revolution for the Freedom of the Mind campaign. [161] [162]

The Mysterious Piano in Miami Biscayne Bay[edit]

For over 7 days a story about a "mysterious piano" had been featured in the news across the globe.[163] The piano was a 650 pound grand piano that someone had left abandoned on a sandbar in Miami Biscayne Bay. [164] A friend told Yeager about the "mysterious piano" in the news, and Yeager decided to call CNN and Inside Edition and claimed he had placed the piano on the sandbar. [165] [166] By doing this he seized the opportunity to promote their feature film "Jesus of Malibu", and speak about their "JOM Revolution For The Freedom Of The Mind" conscious awareness campaign. [167] Soon after other television shows such as Good Morning America, Inside Edition, affiliates CBS, NBC, ABC and networks from Australia to Germany were featuring the Yeagers and their film Jesus of Malibu on the news, CNN running the story for 24 hours several times on the hour. [168]

Within 24 hours the real person who had placed the piano on the bay as a prank called CNN and stated that he had done it. Nicholas Harrington was a 16 year old who had burned the piano at a party at his parents house, and then decided to drag it out to the sandbar and dump it. [169] [170] Once the news spread about the real person who had pulled the stunt, Yeager was again featured in the news for another 48- hours as the person who had duped all the major networks, even mentioning his other films and publicity stunts such as "Jimmy's Story" and the Jimi Hendrix hoax. [171]

Yeager then went on a live television feed on Inside Edition rebuking the masses who he claimed were being controlled by the media. [172] He was cut off from his interview half way through but was able to get his opinions stated, also mentioning The JOM Revolution for the Freedom of the Mind awareness campaign. [173] [174] Because of the Yeagers' protest speech, the film trailer for "Jesus of Malibu" titled "The Film that Changed the World" racked up an impressive 9 million hits in 2 days, but soon after it was banned and removed by YouTube over 4-times. [175]

The Yeagers were a big hit with their audience and many artists, musicians, painters, sculptors, and graffiti artists began creating music, artworks, film posters all in support of the JOM Revolution of the freedom of the mind campaign. [176] [177] [178] Editorials followed stating that the Yeagers showed how to get 100,000.00 worth of free publicity by incorporating the Jungian archetype of the trickster to promote their film creating one the best publicity stunts ever. [179] [180]

Sebastian Beach One Fine Day 2012.[edit]

"Sebastian Beach One Fine Day" is a retro style "surf film documentary" that Billy and Anais Yeager filmed in Sebastian Beach, Florida. [181] The Yeagers built a small beach shack near the ocean, filming the documentary all within a 3- mile radius of their surroundings, and writing all the music while living in the shack. [182] [183] [184] The film premiered at the NYC Surf Film Festival in 2013. [185] [186]

Critical Reception of "Sebastian Beach One Fine Day".[edit]

Drew Kampion is a former editor of SURFER, SURFING, WIND SURF, and The Surfer's Path surf magazines, including 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.

Drew stated that "Sebastian Beach One Fine Day" is an original film that 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. Narrated by the original music of the filmmakers, it's a chronicle of the mundane, laced (as it is in everyday life) with the miraculous. It's a small project, chronicling mostly small things (pelicans, a funny turtle, a few surfers, a beach shack, a Royal manual typewriter, an aging surf star), laced with intimate interactions with gravity and flow.

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. The whole thing is propelled by a sense of going somewhere to get nowhere – just moving from here to there, then maybe back again – with no real purpose except being there … and here … taking it all in. Drifting in this miracle of experiencing space and light and soul.

This is creating nostalgia in the present, bringing a feeling of remembering to the moment, making something out of nothing. And such, these two make me realize, is life.

– Drew Kampion (10 August 2012) [187] [188] [189]

The movie soundtrack of "Sebastian Beach One Fine Day" is featured in the documentary film "Billy Yeager The Ineffable Enigma”; the soundtrack CD is considered collectable. [190] [191]

Discovered from CNN and The Power of Now.[edit]

Malibu Beach resident and film producer Helena Von Weinberg found a photograph of the Yeagers inside the book "The Power of Now" by author Eckhart Tolle at the Malibu Beach Public Library. [192] The photo had been placed in-between the pages of the book by Anais Yeager before they left Malibu Beach where they had been filming the last scene of their movie "Jesus of Malibu". [193] One year later Helena saw Billy and Anais on CNN and hired director Michael Kirk to produce a documentary film about the Yeagers and the "making of Jesus of Malibu". The film is called “The Film That Changed The World”. [194]

The Film that Changed the World 2014.[edit]

"The Film that Changed the World" is a feature film documentary produced by Maltese Productions and executive produced by Helena Von Weinberg. [195] Directed by Michael Kirk, the film tells the story of the Billy and Anais Yeager and their desire to change the world by producing a transcendental film. [196] The documentary features archive film footage from the day Billy and Anais met, scientific experiments, family interviews, music and film clips from the Yeagers’ film trilogy "Jesus of Malibu", and also includes interviews with people from around the world who saw the 7-minute film trailer of "Jesus of Malibu" before it was petitioned, banned and removed permanently from YouTube. [197]

"The Film that Changed the World" Premiered at the Red Dirt International Film Festival in 2015 and won "Most Inspirational" movie award. Executive director of The Red Dirt Film Festival Damon Blalack had this to say about the movie: "The Film That Changed The World" certainly changed me, which is saying a lot. As a filmmaker and film-buff who has seen thousands of films, there just aren't many in-existence that make you think, challenge your perceptions, or change you in some new positive way. This film fulfills all of those things and more. This is more than a documentary - it's a Movement. Most people simply aren't aware of this power, or of such a type of film." [198] [199]

Director Michael Kirk stated: "When I watched the "Jesus of Malibu" film trailer “The Film that Changed the World” I saw a connection to the Avant-garde Movement of the 1960’s in film. I kept going back to watch it… and kept thinking about…, how could a film made with no money, by only 2 people…, how could this 7- minute movie trailer have such an enormous impact on me? I realized that the strength of ‘Jesus of Malibu’ was in the historical sense. It was historically valid. Art becomes empowering through time when it is a depiction of the emotional times of a specific evolution of man that is captured in the art form. ‘Jesus of Malibu’ is right on. The emotions of these times are well depicted. I felt as if the creation of William and Anais was somehow more real than the unreal reality, to me it was transcendental." [200] [201] [202] [203] [204]

"The Film That Changed The World" screens on a 47- ton steel door that is located in an underground missile base in Kansas. The screening is part of the Yeager’s “What 4?” benefit concert. [205]

Billy Yeager The Ineffable Enigma 2016.[edit]

"Billy Yeager The Ineffable Enigma" is a documentary feature film about Billy Yeager's collectable music, films and art, and is directed and produced by R.K. Devonshire and Chris Von Weinberg. [206] The film features Rod Stewart, Bruce Hornsby and includes interviews with several music, film and art collectors. NYC Film Review lists the film as "15 of the Best Music Documentary Films Ever Made".[207] Film critic Greg Bloomberg rated the film 10 stars and called Yeager "a prophet of our times", and Los Angeles Film Critic Michael Atkinson also gave the film 10 stars on IMDB film review, stating that "Billy Yeager is one of the greatest artists of all time." [208]

The "Billy Yeager The Ineffable Enigma" documentary film screens at a private residence in Malibu Beach. [209] The event is produced by Devonshire and Von Weinberg and is hosted to raise money for landmine victims. [210] [211]

In 2016 The New York Times Guide and NYC Film Critics listed "Billy Yeager The Ineffable Enigma" in Letterboxd "15 of the Best Music Documentary Films" ever made. [212]

Art and Paintings[edit]

Yeager paints on masonite board using oil paints. His style is similar to Alfred Hair who was the first original Florida Highwaymen. Yeager learned how to paint in the style of the Florida Highwaymen from Livingston Roberts who was one of the 5 original Florida Highwaymen inducted into the Florida Artist Hall of Fame. [213] Livingston Roberts taught Yeager how to paint in 2001. Yeager's paintings are displayed in art galleries in Paris and Dubai. [214] [215]

In 2013 one of Yeager's paintings titled "Late Day Wind" was discovered on eBay. Film producer Helena Von Weinberg purchased Late Day Wind and several other of Yeager’s paintings for her Art Gallery "Von Weinberg Gallery" which is located in Dubai. Billy's oil painting "Green Day" was sold at a charity benefit auction at Von Weinberg’s grand opening in 2014 for 124,000.00. [216][217] [218] Yeager's art works are featured as covers on some of his handmade CDs that he manufactured in the years 2000-2005, and are one of the topics covered in the film documentary "Billy Yeager The Ineffable Enigma". [219] These CDs are the most rare and are considered highly collectable. [220] [221] [222] [223]

Acting Teacher[edit]

Yeager designed the nation’s first on-camera independent film acting class. [224] [225] He was also the first person to create demo reels for actors by using real film scripts and filming the scenes at real locations with professional sound and lighting. [226] Yeager’s intention when creating his on-camera acting classes was to teach himself how to direct films. [227]

Jaco Yeager recordings[edit]

Jaco Pastorius and Billy Yeager met in a nightclub where Billy was performing. [228] In 1983 they recorded a very rare musical jam together for over 2 hours on an 8- track recorder. Afterwards at 6:00 am they went to the Tipperary Pub located 2 blocks from Jaco’s home in Deerfield Beach, Florida, where they played live. The performance was captured on film. [229] [230]

The music recording is described as "a magical arena, rivers of mind blowing jazz chords, off beat timing, overdrives, fuzz tones, funk, jazz, rock, just amazing stuff" by record collector and film producer R. K. Devonshire. [231] [232] In 2007, it was auctioned on eBay. Collector Tim Devine, from South Florida, bought the recording and has yet to release plans to sell or distribute it. [233]

Scientific Music[edit]

In 2002 and 2004, Yeager left Florida to conduct his "higher conscious wave frequency musical experiment" in the jungles of Costa Rica. [234] For 4- years Yeager had been experimenting with sacred geometric wave frequencies trying to discover new musical tunings and chords and create healing vibrations . He located a group of monkeys living in the jungle and with his re-tuned guitar he played his new musical chords documenting their response. [235] Yeager noticed a dramatic difference in the monkeys’ reactions and behavior when he played standard chords and tunings compared to the sacred geometrical tunings he had discovered. [236]

When he returned home to South Florida he began experimenting with musical vibrations subjected to the medium of water. [237] The experiments were based upon the scientific research of Dr. Emoto who gained worldwide recognition for his groundbreaking discovery, stating that water is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness. [238] [239]

In 2006, Yeager became a "Flower of Life" student and spent 4- years trying to create the shapes and designs of the Fibonacci Golden Spiral and Golden Mean by sending musical vibrations from an electronic keyboard to Tupperware bowls that were filled with water. [240] [241] Once he believed he had discovered the sacred geometric shapes, he took a small sample of the water, froze it and used a high powered microscope as Dr. Emoto had done, examining it closely and making sure the designs in the frozen water were close to the Fibonacci numerical sequence. [242]

After 4 years and over 45,000 combinations, Yeager discovered his "transcendental musical wave frequency” and began to compose music for the film "Jesus of Malibu". [243] The music was also recorded in “Hemi-Sync”, where each signal of the musical frequencies is separated to the left and right side of the earphone speakers causing a third vibration in the center of the skull. [244] Yeager then began other experiments with his transcendental music and recorded sacred geometric chanting music used for healing. Australian Daniel Troy heard about Yeager's sacred geometric music and claimed the music helped curing both himself and his son who were diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. [245]

The Prakruti Bill[edit]

In 2013 Yeager drafted a Legislative Bill to be presented to the U.S. Senate called the Prakruti Bill, which proposed changing the Internationally accepted 440 Hz frequency used for all musical tunings to 432. [246] The Prakruti Bill also proposed a ban on all low frequency rap music being played on public streets and highways. [247]

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Personal[edit]

Billy and Anais Yeager live a simple and nomadic lifestyle and they keep their lives extremely private. They do not use social networks, and they will not allow pictures to be taken of them or sign autographs. Both Billy and Anais Yeager have removed themselves from the spotlight and are not interested in receiving press unless the media and its editors has every intention to mention their mission as artists. The Yeagers have no specified residence, although resources indicate they have lived in Costa Rica, Spain, Death Valley, Kansas, Florida, Dubai, Arizona and Malibu Beach.

Religious beliefs[edit]

Billy Yeager has stated openly that he is not a supporter of any organized religion or beliefs. He has stated that he can only call himself a "seeker of truth".

On Belief: "There is a word that is the most dangerous and most detrimental obstruction to the further development and advancement of the human consciousness, and that is the word belief. Belief is nothing more than superstition. Believing in Christ, believing in Buddha, Mohammed or any entity that has not physically presented itself to you is complete insanity. Humanity must stop believing and start "becoming", becoming truth, becoming good and virtuous, becoming a Son of God is the only thing people should believe in, believe in "becoming" and nothing else."

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2012 Billy and Anais Yeager established "Mindy's Wish and Foundation". [248] Proceeds from the Yeagers’ benefit concerts and theater performances, which take place 6 times a year in Malibu Beach, California, and at Subterra Castle Missile Base located in Kansas, are used to manufacture and distribute low cost wheelchairs to help and support landmine victims in Third World countries. [249] Mindy’s Wish also manufactures and distributes musical instruments to the mentally ill and destitute. [250]

What 4? Music Benefit Concert[edit]

Billy and Anais Yeager perform their "What 4?" Benefit Concert and Screening of the film documentary 'Billy Yeager / The Ineffable Enigma' at a private residence in Malibu Beach California twice a year. [251] Promoted by Von Weinberg and Devonshire the event is hosted to raise money for landmine victims. [252] The event has been attended by several of Malibu Beaches most famous residents such as actor Nick Nolte and George Clooney.

The Yeagers also perform their benefit concert at the Subterra Castle: Missile Silo Home located in Kansas.[253] There's only 22 seats available for the event. Billed as a 2 day event, the "The Film That Changed The World" screens on a 47-ton steel door in the missile room. [254] There is a private landing strip on the property for small aircraft and VIP Meet and Greet tickets are auctioned on-line to meet with Billy and Anais Yeager. All proceeds are used for the Mindy's Wish Charity Foundation to "help those who cannot help themselves".[255]

Collectible[edit]

In 2016 “Billy Yeager The Ineffable Enigma" documentary was completed. The film focuses on the collectable issues of Billy’s music and films, explaining the reasons for the sudden increase in value. [256]

Although most of Yeager’s films have premiered at film festivals, he has never released them to the public. [257]

In 1999 Billy decided to throw away approximately 50% of his recorded music (over 1400 recorded songs and lyrics) into a dumpster. [258] He manufactured some of these songs on homemade CDs, also hand-painting many of the CD covers, which he sold in Palm Beach, Florida, where he was performing his live music. There are as many as 50 copies of some of the titles, and as little as 3-5 copies of CDs such as "Boystown" and "A Perfect Song" movie soundtrack. [259]

In 2003 Yeager lost most of the other 50% of his work, which included his master tapes, film copies, VHS tapes and handmade CDs, at an auction when he failed to pay 3 months of rental fees for a storage facility unit. [260] Years later some of his works began appearing on eBay. [261] They had been purchased by Tim Devine who is mentioned in the film documentary "Billy Yeager The Ineffable Enigma".

The albums "301 Jackson st.", "The Silvertone Sessions" and Yeager's symphonic musical compositions are considered by collectors to be the most valuable. [262]

Symphonic Music[edit]

In 2004 Yeager began focusing all of his attention to writing and producing symphonic music. He was not able to write the music he wanted to compose on sheet music because he is not a trained musician and he only plays by "ear", which made it very difficult to create long symphony pieces that included strings, cello parts, flutes, french horns, harp and over 15 different musical instruments all played and recorded from an electronic keyboard. [263]

Yeager had to break down the musical scores into smaller segments. All of the compositions were written on piano. He would spend over 3 to 4 weeks practicing only 5 minutes of the composition. When he had learned the segment, he would then move to the next 5 minutes and continue until he could play the whole piece on piano. [264]

Once he had recorded the piano part, he would begin to prepare tracks for the other instruments, but had no way to know when musical changes were arriving on the recording, so he would have to play and record all the background instruments by pure intuition. Yeager has written approximately 15 symphonies and the average length of each composition is 30 to 60 minutes in length. [265]

Yeager's first symphonic piece was called the 'Jesus of Malibu' soundtrack. It was recorded on 4-track and is over 80 minutes in length. Yeager never recorded over any of his tracks, all recordings of the background instruments were recorded on a "first take" basis. Yeager's notes about how he composed the music were discovered by collector Tim Devine who purchased Yeager's recordings at a storage facility auction. [266]

In his notes Yeager writes, "I must compose this music by pure spiritual guidance and devotion to the highest ideal, which is music that can transform the human spirit. This cannot be done by "thinking too much", it has to be felt, to be trusted, that is why I never practice the piano, that is why I do not know how to play one single song properly and have never even tried. If I begin to know the piano as I do the guitar, then everywhere I go, wherever I place my hands, I will know pre-hand what that chord is going to sound like, I need to not know how the black or white keys are going to sound when mixed together. That is also why I cannot even play one of my own songs, I tried once but could not even begin to figure it out, because I simply followed my intuition and now I can't seem to play those intricate chords properly. Once my symphonic composition is complete, I suppose it is over for me as well, except for me to listen to it, and when I do, it bedazzles me to think I wrote this music, I don't understand it at all, and when I think about trying to learn or understand the piano, I immediately tell myself forget it, because this is the best music I have ever written, I shouldn't "know" too much about it from the mind perspective. This music I have written, I have no idea what I am doing, a guitar player writing and recording a whole symphony? I just leave it alone, it is not really mine anymore it is beyond me, it is for the spirit of mankind." [267]

Discography ( partial)[edit]

  • "What's It Gonna Take" 1983 Released on Contour Records. Featuring Dennis Noday, Al Shikaly, Jaco Pastorius.
  • "Be My Valentine" 1985 Released on Palm Tree Records. Recorded at Circle Sound Studios Miami. Mixed and engineered by Touter Harvey. Guest singer Julie Liddle.
  • “301 Jackson St.” 1989 Released on Bunny Yeager's Florida Stage and Screen Record Label.
  • "The Rejection Years" 1997 Released on Bunny Yeager’s Productions Records in conjunction with Capitol Records Division.
  • "Jimmy's Story Music Soundtrack" 1998 Released on Bunny Yeager’s Productions Records in conjunction with Culture Development Group.
  • "Boys Town" 1998 Released on Bunny Yeager’s Productions Records.
  • "The Silver-tone Sessions" 1999 Released on Mo' Grabbin Records.
  • "Wings of Summer" 2000 Released on Mo' Grabbin Records.
  • "The Florida Highwaymen Music Soundtrack" 2001 Released on Mo' Grabbin Records.
  • "Labyrinth" 2003 Released on Mo' Grabbin Records.
  • "A Perfect Song Movie Soundtrack" 2003 Released on Mo' Grabbin Records.
  • "Closer than Far" 2004 Released on Mo' Grabbin Records.
  • "Chase the Sun" 2004 Released on Mo' Grabbin Records.
  • "Water Colors" 2007 Released on Mo' Grabbin Records.
  • "Sebastian Beach One Fine Day Movie Soundtrack" 2013 Released on Mo' Grabbin Records. [268]

Awards[edit]

Music[edit]

  • Finalist on Star Search Television Show in 1985. [269] [270]
  • Finalist "Miller High Life Rock To Riches Talent Search" [271]

Films[edit]

Jimmy's Story[edit]

The Palm Beach International Film Festival 2001.

The Dahlonega International Film Festival

  • Best First Feature
  • Best Folk Film
  • Best Director
A Perfect Song[edit]

The Delray Beach International Film Festival

  • Best Actor
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