Enlighten Up! Premiere

It is pretty cool to have your movie premiere in a theater surrounded by palm trees.

We arrived yesterday afternoon about 45 minutes before the show to find a crowd starting to build. It was an amazing setting and people were just hanging out, and mingling as they listened to a local guitarist, Johnny, who had heard about the film and stopped by to provide some pre-show entertainment. I love the island spirit!

There were somewhere between 300-400 people lined up at 6, ready to see the show. With me there were key team members: Jonathon Hexner, Khari Streeter and Jeanne Hagerty, which was so great although we wished everyone who worked on this movie could have been with us especially Tom Hagerty.

Norman Allen, who is featured in the film, had flown over from the Big Island with his wife Purna. In addition to Norman, yoga pioneers Nancy Gilgoff and David Williams were in attendance. It was great to get a chance to speak with Norman, Nancy and David together as these were the pioneers who first studied with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore in 1973 (Norman had been there first, followed by David and Nancy) and were the teachers who brought Pattabhi Jois and Ashtanga Yoga to America in 1975. I was wondering what they would think about this film, and was so pleased to see them smiling and laughing afterwards.

It was an evening full of a lot of great excitement, great stories, and amazing people. More details and pictures to follow soon…but right now, I am finally going to go to the beach. Aloha.

7 Responses to “Enlighten Up! Premiere”

  1. Jennifer Says:
    June 24th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Where is this movie playing at?

    Will it be released on DVD?

    Thank you!

  2. admin Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 9:38 am

    We are hoping to release Enilghten Up! in select cities this fall, we should have more information on this very soon. A DVD release will follow. Join our mailing list for updates and keep coming back to the site for more info. Where are you located?

    Thanks for your interest.

  3. Sarah Says:
    June 27th, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Watched the trailer can’t wait to see the the movie or buy the DVD!

  4. Jennifer Says:
    June 27th, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Can’t wait for the opp. to see it. Looks amazing.


  5. Jennifer Says:
    June 27th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    In Los Angeles/Orange County by the way.

  6. gedsiri Says:
    June 28th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    am in indonesia, beginning to learn more about yoga, and likewise, can’t wait to watch this movie.
    well done, we’re so curious.
    namaste – gedsiri

  7. Megan Henderson Says:
    July 4th, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Hello Wow what a fantastic article about Ashtanga Yoga! Your keen insight into Ashtanga Yoga is informative and creative. I look forward to reading other articles you have. Thanks.

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