We are so excited to release the music video for renowned banjo musician, Bill Evans’ song, “Distance Between Two Points”. This was a really fun video to create. Our storyline was very ambitious, but we managed to get the footage we needed and integrate it with some archival footage from Bill Evans’ past performances. We hope you will agree this technique of integrating various archival clips makes for a creative and engaging video. It was a real pleasure working with Bill and the rest of the cast! This was the first time in Blue Lotus Films’ history we’ve done a video that includes both a child AND a dog!

The song, “Distance Between Two Points” is from his latest album, In Good Company, and features multiple artists peforming with Bill on the track. Check out his CD here.

Bill Evans has been performing for decades. He is the author of Banjo for Dummies, the most popular banjo book in the world! He performs his show, Banjo in America, at venues around the world!

As a performer, teacher, writer and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a music career that now spans over thirty-five years.

We are very excited that the video has already received almost 1,000 views on Bill Evans’ YouTube Channel (only 48 hours after the official release)!! Be sure to leave a comment below. We’d love to hear your thoughts and answer any behind-the-scenes questions on making this video! Also, please share the URL on Twitter, Facebook, and your own blogs!!

"Let’s Move" by Deborah Crooks

Walking the Path of Musical Enlightenment!

Hello everyone,

Please take a moment to check out our NEW RELEASE- a music video for singer/songwriter, Deborah Crooks’ song, “Let’s Move”.

Deborah is a yogi in the Mysore tradition and has been recording music for nearly a decade. She studied at the The Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO. She regularly visits India for vocal and yoga studies. Crooks reflects the contradictions she sees in the world in song, unveiling in her lyrics truths that are simultaneously pragmatic and mystical.

When Deborah approached Blue Lotus Films to produce the music video for “Let’s Move”, we were completely thrilled!! Deborah Crooks’ music is both soulwise and edgy. The concept of the video unfolded very naturally. We decided on visuals that reflect that the song’s themes of personal and social movement towards greater awareness, introspection, and being a catalyst for transformation.

We love the music video art form because it allows for so much experimental creativity. We also believe music videos should not be “cookie cutter”- they are most effective with a clear storyline. Flambouyant, flashy videos are not our style. The minimal setting at Lake Merritt reflects this vision. Also, we deviated from our script during the shoot by spontaneously shooting the band playing instruments in the trees.

There was a lot of laughter on set! We hope the video gives people a sense of hope for the future.

Let’s move!

Love and blessings,

Sarah

How to Connect with Divine Inspiration (Conscious Business Podcast #1 with meditation teacher and author, Tobin Giblin)

It is with great pleasure I share with you this Blue Lotus Films video podcast #1 for Conscious Business owners. There are many people out there in the world giving advice on how to run a business. Most of the advice is practical- how to write a business plan, create a marketing strategy, target your niche, and bring in the money! The Conscious Business podcast is an effort to give a voice to holistic business owners who have learned the ropes of the business world without compromising their integrity or their message. 

About our Guest: TOBIN GIBLIN is the author of The Art of Mindful Living: “You Can’t Stop the Waves, But You Can Learn to Surf,” and the audio set “Finding Freedom From Your Inner Critic.” For over two decades, he has wholeheartedly dedicated himself to spiritual awakening and serving others in the blossoming of their highest potential. Utilizing a variety of modalities, Tobin helps individuals and couples bring about deep, true, long-lasting transformation.

In this podcast:

-Key to keeping inspiration alive: Loving your clients!
-What does spiritual Devotion have to do with business?
-Getting to the “Essential Alive YES”

Enjoy the video! Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

Namaste,

Sarah

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The Win-Win Paradigm

Hello everyone!

I have been saving (and savoring) this video to share with you. This is a video I shot at Harmony Festival of Life Coach, Francois Levannier, speaking at the Wellness Pavilion. There was a barrage of entertainment at Harmony Festival, but luckily in the midst of it all I ran into Francois! It was truly a blessing. I was enticed to sit down in the audience and relax by the sound of him playing a didgeridoo.

After a few minutes of harmonious musical energy- he then started sharing stories from his 7-year around the world adventures. I love hearing travel stories from anyone, but what struck me about Francois was his vibrancy. I knew he had a message I would want to hear. The stories he shared of facing fear, living life to the fullest, and placing trust in the universe were really powerful.

Have you ever been to a big event that is clearly helpful for connecting with your “niche”- but instead of feeling elated, you feel overwhelmed? I was actually wandering around the Festival feeling a bit shy about networking.

Shooting footage at a big festival is exciting, but it can be exhausting too. It requires the physical energy of lugging around camera equipment as well as mental energy to convince the right people to be on-camera. By 5 p.m., I wanted to just drink kombucha and lay in the sun. But, I knew that would be lazy- especially after working hard to get a press pass to cover the festival. Still, the resistance was there. 

I don’t want to spoil Francois’ story. Just watch the video if you want to know renew your faith in humanity.

Listen for clues on how to embrace fear and be a shining light in the midst of conflict. (Note: since this was a spontaneously shot video I did not use a tripod. Thus the video is a bit shaky :))

Here are some questions to think about after viewing: How willing are you to face your fears head-on?

What is keeping you from trusting that it is okay to move forward? 

Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

Check out Francois’ website here: http://www.loveyourlifeandbusiness.com

Thanks to all of you for helping the planet evolve!! I know you are doing great things this summer.

Love and blessings,

Sarah

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Renowned rock climbing guru Chris Sharma speaks about “Moving Meditation” at the 2010 Wanderlust Speakeasy. Sharma also speaks about his beginnings and how climbing changed his life. For Chris, rock climbing is meditation and the way to get centered

Evolving Beings

One of the most inspiring speakers at last year’s Wanderlust Yoga & Music Festival was Chris Sharma. Chris is the best rocker climber in the world. I was so impressed with his presentation and he showed so much humility when we spoke afterwards. The topic of his speech was “moving meditation”. He talked about the similarities between rock climbing and yoga/meditation practice. I knew very little about rock climbing before shooting this video. It was moving to hear the valuable life lessons this young guy had to offer.

Sharma’s quote here is really striking: “Climbing is this ever-evolving thing. It really is about the goal and succeeding- getting to the top. At the same time, it is a never-ending cycle of finding something you are motivated on, obsessing over it, and then once you get to the top…celebrating and then moving on to the next thing.”

If you don’t have time to watch the entire video, just fast fwd to 11:29 to see the video of him completing one of the world’s hardest climbs. It will take your breath away!

What’s so amazing about Chris is that he tried this climb over 100 times! How many things have you tried 99 times? Trying to focus on your breath during meditation? 

It makes me think of the goals I have in the film industry and my yoga/meditation practice. At times, it’s so easy to get discouraged. What keeps me going I think is exactly what Chris said, "It’s frustrating at times. But, that’s always what I’m looking for. Something that is right at your limit" 

If our goals aren’t challenging enough, then the lessons we learn won’t be as profound. I think what I most appreciate about Chris’ “rock climbing as spiritual practice” philosophy is that we can apply the same principles to anything we do. We have to not forget that life is about evolving as a human being. We can reach a peak in our career or be on the right track to achieving a goal- but what is our core motivation? What do we have to offer to others once our goal is completed?

It goes without saying that Oprah Winfrey is another inspiring individual. She was the Queen of Daytime Talk Shows for 25 years. Amazing. I heard this quote by her on NPR and felt tears come to my eyes, “The last 25 years were great, but they were really just the beginning.” After over 4,500 episodes she’s not TIRED?! That’s a supreme example of someone who sees the purpose of their life as being of service.

Leave a comment with your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you.

Love and light,

Sarah