Indie Filmmakers Claim They Put the Piano in Biscayne Bay

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Billy and Anais Yeager
Update: The real piano man came forward. Read about it here.

Indie filmmakers, Billy and Anais Yeager, claim they are the ones who left the grand piano in the middle of Biscayne Bay. They said they have pianos in  Malibu, Death Valley, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and now Miami.

When we spoke to Yeager by phone from Mexico Beach, Florida, he said his son called him and told him the piano was all over the news. "I wasn't going to say anything, but rather someone say it was just a silly piano from a music video, I said I'm not going to let that slide. This is highly symbolic and profound."

The couple is in the middle of filming the last installment of a trilogy called Jesus of Malibu. The trilogy follows Jesus and Mindy, played by the Yeagers, on a truth-seeking journey. They've been following a "sacred geometric energy grid" across North America, where Route 66 is a particularly potent stream.

"Our film is about uncovering the lies of the world. It's about the power of music, film, and vibration and how it affects the pineal gland and mind control. After we film, we leave the pianos, because it's a political statement. It's an artistic revolution against the media, the corruption of arts, and the control and slavedom of people."

Yeager also said that their movement, called the JOM Revolution, has gone global. "Right now, we have people in Berlin and Paris that are leaving instruments -- painted -- in the middle of streets or chaining them to parking meters. In Australia, a guy is creating sculptures out of broken guitars."

Due to an illness in the family, the Yeagers were in town when their friend told them about the sandbar in Biscayne Bay. Using a neglected piano from a family friend's estate, they launched their plan about two and half weeks ago. "We did it at 2 a.m. in the morning to get the sun-up shot, but we just missed it."

How did they get the piano out there? They pulled a homemade barge behind a boat and went very slowly (that's why it took six hours to get out there, Yeager explains). He says he and his wife were able to maneuver the piano onto the sandbar using rollers and leveraging one side at a time. Yeager says, "I knew that at that particular spot, the high tide wouldn't come up and push that piano off."

Yeager said depending on where the pianos are placed, the message is either positive or negative. When they left one in Guatemala, it was positive. But Miami? It gets a negative. "I was raised in Miami and know about the vanity there. There's nothing enlightening. There's nothing about truth. It's all about vanity. So it's not a happy story. It's a protest."

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Briangoddette
Briangoddette

William and Anais Yeager are two brilliant filmmakers, who embody the Jungian archetype of the trickster. They surely know how to use archetype to promote their filmmaking business. CNN reported that over the week of January 23, 2011 they claimed credit for putting the piano on the sandbar in Florida, and effectively produced one of the best publicity stunts ever accomplished to garner millions of dollars worth of free publicity from CNN and many other media outlets.CNN produced a 2.5-minute report that would probably have cost the Yeagers up to $ 100,000 if they had produced it themselves, complete with helicopter aerial shots and clips of famous movies.The Yeager claim may be just an example of publicity opportunism, since they didn’t even have to move the piano to get the publicity. They saw the archetypal potential of the situation! One wonders whether CNN will ever again believe a Yeager claim.The CNN report even contains a mention of their independent film called “Jesus of Malibu: The Revolution for the Freedom of the Mind.” In fact, now that I think about it, they have even gotten me to write about it in this very article, which will be seen around the world. What a brilliant stroke! That piano on a sandbar is now forever an archetypal symbol for the Yeager’s movie and top publicity stunts of all time. Sadly for young Mr. Harrington, it seems unlikely that anyone will remember that he was the actual idea man.Considering Jungian Archetypes and how they were used in this stunt and the reporting around it is a very rich experience indeed. First we have the incongruous image of the piano sitting on a sandbar. This image conjured multiple archetypal symbols among CNN’s viewership including the saloon of the Titanic at the bottom of the sea; Ingrid Bergman cooing, “Play it again Sam” in “Casablanca”; Michelle Pfeiffer’s archetypal performance of “Makin’ Whoopee” in “The Fabulous Baker Boys”; and Harvey Keitel dragging a piano off the beach in “The Piano” from 1993.The local newspaper’s caption contest brought in such quips as “you can tune a piano but you can’t tuna fish” and “play it again sand.” It seems as though most people who have seen these reports couldn’t help but be drawn in by the fun, including me!The Yeagers have provided us with a superb example of how to get publicity by using archetype. We often write about how an archetypal story or painting will engage generations of fans. We rarely talk about how archetype is used to attract publicity, for better or worse.Here’s the videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v...Skip Conover is an International Business Executive, Author, and Painter living on the East Coast of the United States. He believes that his fundamental profession throughout his career has been that of a writer. In business, he has won investments by his ability to express his strategies clearly. He is an Attorney and successful Executive, having founded one company that is now publicly traded.

Scoobaparty
Scoobaparty

Billy Yeager is a pathological liar. He pretended he was Hendrix too. "Our film is about the lies of the world" Yeah Billy Yeager your eyes areWAY too close together to have a brain anywhere inside behind them. Liar bag of doooosh.

JESUSOFMALIBU
JESUSOFMALIBU

All these people and their comments are so inaccurate and judgmental this is exactly my point and what the world has created, a mass a stupidity and a human race who can't think for themselves and who do not have the ability to have a single original opinion. Read above....It's a protest, the piano was originally burned and "dumped" by a irresponsible 16 year old kid. I had an intuition about this. We have 4 pianos in our film, they are symbolic, I thought I could make something out of this story and sad abandoned piano, to make a powerful statement that would get people to think.I went out on a limb, speaking from not only from the heart and soul, but from my spirit and hoping as well to channel some of history's great men, Thomas Paine, and others. My original interview with Inside Edition, most likely edited ( I never saw it, or stooped low enough to take their 1000.00 they said they would pay) I used them yes, I used the piano yes, for a greater purpose.I stated.... "the piano is a statement, it's a symbolic reminder left so that people will realize that we the people have been left to rot, and that we need to awaken our consciousness and that the world is being controlled by the media, pop culture, corruption, and corporations, government, Jesus of Malibu was made with no money, no film crew, 6 years of devotion and dedication to trying to find a way to enlighten mankind, to awaken the human spirit, for people to see that we are all slaves to a system, designed to keep us distracted, amused, predictable, and controlled. The film had to be produced with no money, for money does not create great and meaningful art, but passion, empathy, and devotion to a cause is what should be our "ideals". The piano was placed at a sacred geometric grid and energy grid line according to sacred geometry, this one is placed at a negative ley line. Our message is that we live in a world of vanity's driven by desires of greed, driven by success, lust, want and lack of direction, dignity, character of man and justice.Our film is powerful, and this piano depicts the purity of music and the potential of power. It is also dilapidated and represents our world, humanity, and the collapse of a peoples trust, a loss of dignity, and a degeneration of reasoning and common sense. I will stop there...Sometimes we have to "lie" to get the truth out. I wish that people would understand, and yes I said above there it is in writing...about the vanity's in Miami. So if you don't agree with me, then you are just ' one of them' and part of the problem and not the solution.My wife and I are dedicated to truth, a man can change, what I have done, and what I was before is no more, I fight for a cause, and yes I fight for you fellow man. I live frugally , by bare necessity, we survived and filmed in the middle of the desert for over 2 years, we wrote, produced, directed, acted, and composed all the music for our film " Jesus of Malibu" 6 Years ago when my wife first wrote to me from Spain, she saw my casting notice for the role of Mindy, she asked me to marry her. She said as a young child she knew it was her destiny to change the world, to do something with her life and make a difference in the world. She said she knew that we were soulmates, and that Jesus of Malibu was her destiny and purpose in life. When she arrived we went to the ocean, no friends, family, music, parties, just us 2 alone, we stood in the ocean at the waters edge, and we both read our vows that we had written from across the ocean we read " We dedicate our lives this day to use ourselves, our art, to create a film, something so powerful that it will transform the human spirit, challenge our minds and reasoning, to enlighten the world, so that we all realize that we are all ONE and that we must not only say we do not support war, and want peace, but we must take action, and Jesus of Malibu is that message, a Revolution for the Freedom of the Mind, and we dedicate ourselves for our cause, and thank you for the gifts, that we will use to change the world".We read that statement every single night for 7 years now before we go to bed.Sundance Banned our film, they told us NOT to submit it, we were petitioned by Westboro Baptist Church, our film trailers were banned and removed from youtube, but we move on.Maybe you don't agree with our message, we are not so arrogant to say we have the answer's, we only ask the questions: How long? How long will we sit and wait, for someone 'else' to do something?We took advantage of a National News story to shine a light and speak truth, but you should know, that when you do, it will be suppressed.I ask you all to join us, and support us, we are not in this for money , or fame, we want to change this world, we believe that art, music and film can have the power, and should only be used for that, it should carry a powerful message and art, has the ability to do this. At least we try, and with no help at all, just us 2.I thank the New Times for the years of support, and meant no harm to anyone, I would like just for once, just once.... Jimi Hendrix hoax and all, to be understood, the underlying current, the whole messages, it's parables, I wanted people to 'think".Has anyone really watched my other films? Have you?Before you commented and judged me, did you watch our interviews about our film?Has ANY of the press for that matter?Do you understand what I do? Please try, I ask you to, because we need you, we can't do this alone. There is too much suffering in this world to turn our backs, and have only folly and laughter, the press needs to take responsibility, for all editors, and journalist, have a duty, for the power of the word and what words mean have become trite and powerless. We are not all here for amusement, journalism throughout history has proven to be powerful and also damaging. Truth must be told, fear is the only thing that stops us, believing somehow that people are too ignorant to understand anything profound and significant anymore. I ask of you, don't allow this to happen, you have a responsibility, you yield a power, use it for the better of humanity let truth be free, be not cynical of your fellow man because you have not the time to understand their ways, for we all just want to be free, free to think, choose, love, and cherish life, this life, this precious life.This is all Jesus of Malibu is, it is raw, it is sometimes ugly , but it is the truth, and all the truth and nothing but the truth.Do no harm, awaken your inner spirit, make a difference , change the world.Every one of you can do it, this I know, and I will not give up the fight or give up on humanity, although I get so discouraged from ignorance, that I sometimes I have no hope. fight the good fight.And Inside Edition was too fearful, to let me speak the "truth" and ALL media outlets have edited, and made myself and my statements to make me look foolish.Have no fear, a publication is an honor, and beneficial, but only if it edifies, educates, and also should give us more then just "News" but "Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization". ~George Bernard Shaw, 1931

Have no fear.www.jesusofmalibu.comWatch our trailers, read, understand. We are all ONE.William and Anais

JESUSOFMALIBU
JESUSOFMALIBU

Point proved! I received a phone call about this "NEWS" meaning, I wasn't watching the mind controlled media, so its just too heavy for all you mind controlled robots controlled by pop culture and media to "get it" go get your pink micro chip at Walmart, and go back to 1984.

Joe Friday
Joe Friday

Sounds like your tinfoil hat is a little too tight, you lying hippie trash.

fmsarch
fmsarch

This guy Yeager is the typical Blood Sucking Miami Scumbag.Yeager should claim credit for the snails, the peacocks and all of Romero Britos work. People might believe that and no one will complain, if they even notice it.

WSV
WSV

HAHAHAH William Yeager lied, he never did it, a kid and his dad did. Billy boy is a liar, he wanted press for something he did not dooooooo... what else is new.

Gnash
Gnash

"Our film is about uncovering the LIES of the world." ROTFLMAO!

Rebal
Rebal

What LIERS!!! They totally didn't do this and went on national tv and said they did. How pathetic are these two?

IvanAps
IvanAps

These are guys are losers. They totally lied about something that was actually done by some Miami Shores teens. What's really funny is that they say they used as a part of a profound film about the lying in the US, yet they bold faced lied about the whole thing.

Jackthepianoboy
Jackthepianoboy

what a loser, lying to the media for a stunt he wasn't clever enough to think up.

sad sad sad.

the miami herald broke the story. ha!

Fab
Fab

Thereal story: 16-year-old Nicholas Harrington, a MAST Academy junior hoping to study art or engineering at Manhattan's Cooper Union college did it.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/201...

Pianointhebay
Pianointhebay

Not true - don't take credit for what you did not do - I know who did it and everyone else will know by midnight tonight - since when is taking credit for others' artistic expression considered "Indie", POSER!

wool
wool

"We did it at 2 a.m. in the morning to get the sun-up shot, but we just missed it."The guy is obviously lying, or he would have at least a few pictures to prove it. Just trying to get free publicity.

Julix D
Julix D

whoa...crazy hippies

Sarah
Sarah

Wish I lived closer. Must be a once-in-a-lifetime vision.

Tom
Tom

I've been arrested for less. They need to be brought up on illegal dumping charges and fined. And seriously no one gives a shit about this phoney baloney "art" project.

Hank
Hank

hey Tom, you sound like a real hypocritical a**hole. thought you should know.

chicken flava
chicken flava

Be right hard to argue with this pair, indeed. Looks like they subscribe to a certain type up-yer-assity that can transform any word you might have about the matter into a lack of self-awareness or a need for spiritual edification that only they've reached. Through peyote most likely. And everyone know that shit makes you barfy.

So I'll just step right in and say, I am spiritually debased. And I like pianos in the bay. But something don't sit right with these two. S'like I always say: Never trust an angry hippie.

anon1
anon1

What a couple of douche bags. You protest vanity by dumping a piece of junk in the bay? Compelling.

Krimson_kitty
Krimson_kitty

Get that garbage off our beaches! I don't care what they're trying to say. They're polluting!

Grunchster66
Grunchster66

So these are what liars look like. It's funny because they did not put that piano there. They are just trying to take credit for it to get attention. It turns out a 16 year old kid put it there, with help of course.

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