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A narrative surf film based on the best-selling memoir, Saltwater Buddha
A narrative surf film based on the best-selling memoir, Saltwater Buddha
218 backers pledged $17,464 to help bring this project to life.

Recent updates

San Francisco here we come ...


Saltwater Buddha played under the stars at Maui Film Festival last week to an audience of more than 1500 people with the added treat of watching the film Mad Dogs before and the film It Ain't Pretty afterwards.

Jaimal and I were the luckiest filmmakers to be able to spend quality time with our friends and family showcasing the film we have all worked so hard to make and release.

As parents, as well as having a multitude of other responsibilities, the production of Saltwater Buddha, is, was and will continue to be a labor of love. We have been paid in full with love, kindness, patience and acceptance. The entire crew saw the same vision and worked together to make the images, voices and (beautiful) music.

To you and all our supporters of this crazy journey that is independent filmmaking, we are truly grateful. We look forward to sharing the film and more with you as we continue to screen and attend festivals.

You can keep up with our screenings at Our next one is June 30 at the Balboa Theater in San Francisco. More information available here ...  

If you donated at certain levels, with tickets included AND you RSVP'd, your 2 tickets will be at Will Call under the name in which you stated in your Kickstarter donation.

If you have any questions you may reply to this message or email

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts and ocean ... be kind to yourself and one another.

The SWB Team!

2016 Maui Film Festival


It's true! It's happening!

Saltwater Buddha will make it's world premiere at the Maui Film Festival!

We know, and appreciate everyones patience while we bootstrapped our film. Once we have premiered and played in a few festivals we will then start releasing DVD's and links on-line.

We will continue to post updates so you can join us at one of our silver screen showings. For now if you're in Maui in June or San Diego in May let us know, we'd love to have you join us.

You have all been wonderful patient supporters and we are grateful. 

If you Kickstarter donation included a DVD or copy we will fulfill those as soon as we legally can. If you feel you are still missing merchandise please let us know and we will remedy it.

Thank you from the entire SWB Team!

Happy New Year!


2014 is going to be a great year! The SWB Team sends everyone love and light for a fabulous year full of success and paths crossing.

Our brilliant editor has gotten back from 3 months in Bangladesh and is fully engulfed in Saltwater Buddha. We have been working hard on music tracks so we may be able to offer the soundtrack as well. We have been fortunate enough to be able to use music from MC Yogi, Chris Sullivan and our regulars like Nine Pound Shadow and Jim Klar. The amount of talent within this film is stunning and we can't wait to share it.

“The greatest prayer is patience”  (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

So with patience and persistence, I along with Jaimal, Mike and Jordan continue to make the film worthy of the book.

With Gratitude,


Editing along

Happy Friday from the SWB Team!

Our editor, Jordan, has been hard at work and we have had the opportunity to see great progress. And we are even more excited about the end product.

I received an update from a Kickstarter project that I backed that told their supporters they were delayed in delivering their final product. They also included this link from Kickstarter that I read and think has some great points. If you have a second read about how lateness is not failure.

I hope all of you enjoyed a wonderful summer. The SWB Team grew by one this July and we are delighted to introduce Eben Yogis into this wonderful group of people.

If anyone has any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Till then know we are all hard at work completing the film and vision of Saltwater Buddha.

Thank you.

An update from Jaimal

Dear SWB Supporters, Thanks so much to all of you who have been staying on me recently, asking that age-old question of the seekers and prophets: Are we there yet? Well, no. Not yet. But do not despair. I'm more stoked and ever about this film because the family is growing and each edit is getting better. We've brought on an whiz-kid editor, Jordan Dozzi, who I met in Bangladesh of all places but happens to live at Ocean Beach. (Here's the amazing surf project we were working on and his edit, We've also been blessed with music from the likes of Sully and the Benevolent Folk, MC Yogi, Nine Pound Shadow, Jim Klar, and many more. (I've even been getting into the mix to add some homespun tunes.) We are stretching every dime you've so generously donated and I'm confident something magical is going to happen with the final project BECAUSE OF YOU! (Sorry for sounding like our president there but it's true.) So, no, we are not there yet but we can see land ahead, and I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for making the journey sweeter. Also, check out some of the musicians here: MC Yogi -- Jaimal