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Hollywood, Here We Come!

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On May 20th, 2015 (my birthday!), principal filming began on the Little Indie Film That Could, Eyes of the Roshi. Starring Eric Roberts, Grandmaster Adam Nguyen and Ethan Marten (also the film’s producer and President/CEO of Light Age Films), we began filming in Virginia Beach, VA and Knotts Island, NC, (the photo above was taken at Pearl’s Bay Villa on Knotts Island) with a mah-velous cast and a faab-ulous crew. There were many long days (and nights!) of filming, but as the film’s associate producer, I was witness to many moments of pure magic- acting performances that caused us all to stand in jaw-dropped wonder, technical ability that produced scenes of beauty and destruction, and an amazing level of dedication from those involved in the production.

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Director Jon Mark (Rusty) Nail directs Master Adam while Director of Photography Austin Burnette and 2nd Unit DP Eric Hales set up shots 

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Preparing to shoot the final scene

In the two years since then, the Little Indie Film That Could has garnered awards, praise, a screening at the SOHO International Film Fest and, coming up, a screening at the Burbank International Film Festival. Hollywood!

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Master Adam packs his bags for Hollywood.

A GoFundMe campaign is currently underway to raise funds for our team to get to Hollywood by September 6th, 2017. Going to these events allows us to get the film recognized, hopefully seen by potential distributors, and even more hopefully, to be picked up by a distributor. You can help by donating here, liking and sharing the campaign, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

Eyes of the Roshi, the Little Indie Film That Could, continues to pick up steam and speed as it chugs into the future. What lies over the horizon? Stay tuned.1908297_464891866979182_761793369206070619_n

“Eyes of the Roshi”

If you have been following this blog, you have seen a couple of posts about how my yoga teacher, a Karate-Do Master, yoga master, and Zen teacher, Master Adam Nguyen, have been working with Light Age Films on a movie starring Master Adam (read the back story here). The movie now has a name: Eyes of the Roshi (roshi means teacher). It has a Facebook page, a website, an IMDB entry, a Twitter account…I’ll give the links in a bit but right now, the movie is in the running for IndieWIRE’s Project of the Month, and needs your vote. (Update 8.28.14: The voting is over and sadly, we did not win. Congratulations to “The Lot”, IndieWire’s Project of the Month.)

VOTE HERE: Project of the Month

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Movie Poster

You can view a teaser for the movie here at the website page, (look for me under the “crew” tab!) and here is the Facebook page. It has been an experience working with Light Age Films and the many creative people I have met. We would all appreciate your vote, and always, I appreciate your eyes on this blog.

Blessings.

Master Adam Karate-Do Movie

Master Adam Karate Do Master

Master Adam Karate-Do Master

Awhile back I posted about Master Adam Nguyen beginning yoga classes here on Knotts Island (read that post here). A couple of months after I began training with him, after he learned that I was a writer with one published novel (read about that here), he began talking about me working with him to write a book about his life, his training, his philosophy…and some fight scenes thrown in for contrast. Later we began shooting video with an eye towards making a movie loosely based on the book. The book is about 80-90% finished, and Master Adam has now signed a contract with Light Age Films to shoot the movie, partly on Knotts Island.

Press release

As story consultant for the movie, I get to work with Ethan Marten and a host of movie folks that I have yet to meet. The New Year just began, the Year of the Horse, and already my life is galloping into new pastures.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Martial-Arts-Movie/410293309105705