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What is the secret origin of this self-proclaimed 'real-life warrior, adventurer and musician'? How has he gained his tremendous cult following? Steel yourselves for a quest to explore how ... See full summary »

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Ben Adams
Marcia Adams
Gary Bader
Marisa Cameron
Mr. Chips
Tim Coon
Belkys Dantz
George Dantz
Matt Evon
Skip Evon
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Michael Galton
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What is the secret origin of this self-proclaimed 'real-life warrior, adventurer and musician'? How has he gained his tremendous cult following? Steel yourselves for a quest to explore how this enigmatic personality came to be and the powerful effect he has on all those he meets. Prepare to be amazed at just how ordinary your own life really is... Written by Anonymous

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Compelling and Clever
5 January 2015 | by (LBC, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

Jonah Washnis is an everyday adventurer. He exists somewhere between the worlds of cosplay and role playing, somehow managing to do both without seeming to do either of them. "My Name Is Jonah" depicts him in an honest and intriguing way, letting the camera capture the people in his life without judging the subjects.

I saw this doc at the Long Beach Indie film fest in August, 2014. I'm internet friends with the producers and I was psyched when I found out that their flick was playing in my town. And I'm thrilled I went because it's one of the best films I've seen in the movie theater in years.

For me, the best part of the experience was the rich conversation that my fiancée and I had following the film. There are so many ways to perceive Jonah and his world. Is he delusional? Is he an artist? Is he an attention whore? Is he a man bravely making his everyday life into something special? For me, the best part about this movie is that I didn't feel like the filmmakers had the answer waiting for me -- instead, they generated the questions and compelled me to contemplate them thoughtfully for days.

In the late 90s I went to high school in Jonah's neck of the woods, the Rochester, NY area. It's an odd place. Friends and alliances were often forged around music taste above all else. Local food culture insists on doing things just a little bit different than other places (frozen custard, white hots, and garbage plates replace ice cream, hot dogs, and brunch fare). These cultural nuances are apparent in Jonah, who insists on living his life just a little bit different than everyone else. And the beauty of it is that he not only creates adventure for himself but for the people who surround him.

I know I've injected a lot of myself into this review, but I think that's in keeping with the film and the man -- this movie studies Jonah's life by asking you to step back and question your own. How many of us have neurotic siblings? Crap jobs? Failed relationships? Loyal friends?

Jonah Washnis is both relatable and completely distinct. He could exist anywhere in America. But yet, he doesn't. He's a singular individual. And "My Name Is Jonah" is the story of that unique figure... that unicorn who lives next door.


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