Sebastian was born and bred in the Black Forest in Germany. He moved to London in 2003 and set up his advisory firm in the City. Later, he and his family bought a ranch near Austin, Texas. It is during this time that Sebastian fell in love with America and particular with Texas. The mission of Alamo Pictures – making documentaries about America – is thus very close to Sebastian’s heart. His memories of his time in Texas are a mosaic of vivid, colorful stories of the people and the land. He can’t wait to share with a wide audience and keep exploring ever new adventures. Sebastian has extensive media experience. He is a frequent guest on radio shows and podcasts and co-hosts his own business podcast about expanding to the USA. “Move Your Business to the United States” is in the Top 10 of the iTunes business podcast charts in various countries with hundreds of thousands of listeners. Over the last few years, Sebastian was involved as an executive producer in the creation of many factual films by Alamo Pictures and others. He often appears as a presenter of both German and English programs.
 In our final episode of Season One, we’re joined by John Lewis, aka Badass Vegan. John’s upcoming documentary, They’re Trying to Kill Us, touches on so many of the issues that we’ve looked at this year on the podcast – factory farming, race and Big Pharma, just to name a few – but this time through the unique lens of hip hop. They’re Trying to Kill Us explores the connections between diet, poverty and systemic racism. As well as looking at veganism, we discuss Big Pharma and the link between mind and body.  John’s life is literally the material for a great movie, as we found out recently when we joined John from his home in Wilmington, North Carolina. “I don’t think we can wait for the governments and the rich to make a change. We have to make the change ourselves.” – John Lewis Time Stamps: 03:25 – Who John is and the importance of his name. 05:40 – The issues we’re going to talk about today. 07:29 – How much of the project is left to film. 10:02 – How Keegan and John started working together. 12:05 – A brief synopsis of the film. 15:54 – Why John went vegan. 18:05 – The importance of not getting too stressed. 19:13 – John’s holistic approach towards health. 23:07 – Who John thinks should become vegan. 24:45 – The benefits of going vegan. 27:03 – The amount of land that is cleared to grow soybeans for animals. 29:03 – What John hopes to achieve with this documentary. 34:27 – How John got so many big names involved in the film. 39:45 – The way food cultures have been shaped by the rich. 44:44 – How people can help resolve some of these issues. 49:10 – What keeps John driven and motivated. 52:45 – The importance of self-love. 54:41 – How to connect with John online.  Resources: They’re Trying to Kill Us Globalisation of Factory Farming Eating Animals, Factory Farming and the Pandemic Alamo Pictures This Is Distorted Connect with John Lewis: Website Instagram Twitter Facebook Connect with Keegan Kuhn: First Spark Media Facebook Instagram Connect with Factual America: Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with Matthew Sherwood: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
 The history of jazz dance is the history of America. That history is not well documented, however, especially when it comes to the leading role played by African Americans. In Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance, filmmakers Khadifa Wong and Zak Nemorin trace jazz dance back to its roots in Africa, and follow its evolution up to the present. Along the way Khadifa and Zack address difficult subjects such as appropriation, racism and sexism within this quintessential American art form, and in the process shine a light on this chapter in America’s history. But in the end, their film is a celebration of this most human of art forms, where as they say, “what all people have in common is rhythm and a basic human need to get down”. “ Whether it was jazz, whether it’s hip hop, there are cultures that step out of oppression, and out of wanting to speak out, and jazz dance was just an iteration of that.” – Khadifa Wong Time Stamps: 1:55 – The film we are talking about today. 3:15 – When and where the film premiered. 4:27 – How Khadifa and Zack are spending their time in London. 6:00 – What is jazz dance? 8:35 – What is social dance? 13:28 – The roots of jazz dance. 15:20 – How this art form got appropriated by Hollywood. 17:29 – The question of ownership of jazz dance and its branches. 23:08 – “Uprooted” as an artistic exploration of American history. 25:24 – How Zack got started with the idea for this project. 31:32 – Tension between schools of dance; the connection between dance and protest. 33:40 – Watching the alternative trailer for the film. 36:24 – Where the future of jazz dance is going. 39:40 – The timeliness of the film in the context of the BLM movement. 44:13 – How Khadifa and Zack got into jazz dance. 50:30 – The perspective that Zack and Khadifa gave to the film as British filmmakers. 53:00 – Famous artists that are featured in the film. 55:20 – Who the director of photography is. 58:50 – The next projects Zack and Khadifa are working on. Resources: Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance (2020) Follow the film on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram I Am Not Your Negro: Racism In The US Alamo Pictures This Is Distorted Connect With Khadifa Wong: Website Instagram Facebook Connect with Zak Nemorin: Facebook Twitter Instagram Connect with Factual America: Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with Matthew Sherwood: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
 For those of us who grew up in the 1980s and 90s, the arcade was a home away from home. And most likely we were playing a video game that was the creative genius of a scrappy group of renegade designers in Chicago. In his film Insert Coin (2020), director Josh Tsui captures what it was like for the fellows at Midway Games to revolutionize the video game industry. And along the way, Josh perfectly captures 1990s pop culture. Insert Coin is an interesting take on the arcade gaming world, showing us its business side and how games were designed to be addictive and suck in quarters.  “Once you make a game you can’t get that out of your system. It’s one of the most fulfilling and frustrating creative mediums out there and it’s intoxicating. ” – Josh Tsui Time Stamps: 03:39 – How things are going for Josh in Chicago. 04:49 – Where you can see the film right now. 06:40 – A brief synopsis of Insert Coin. 07:56 – What arcade games were like when they first came out and how they evolved. 09:21 – Eugene Jarvis’s influence on the gaming industry. 10:20 – The creation of ‘Narc’. 12:14 – Our first clip showing how Narc revolutionised the gaming industry. 14:35 – How Narc was the kickstarter to live-action animation gaming. 16:47 – The creation of Mortal Kombat. 19:23 – How Josh made contact with so many of the game developers. 20:16 – A clip from the film showing what Mortal Kombat was all about. 24:16 – A clip showing the success of the game NBA Jam. 26:17 – What made the arcade industry obsolete. 28:16 – Our last clip from the show showing the economics of arcade games. 29:24 – How the business model for arcades worked. 32:30 – What the film is really about. 35:41 – How management of gaming companies has changed over years. 37:49 – How Josh got started making video games. 40:31 – What drove him to make this film.  44:55 – What it’s like working in the gaming industry. 46:29 – Why they couldn’t interview Ed Boon. 47:50 – How they’ve had to adapt the film’s release because of the virus. 52:23 – The projects Josh is working on next.   Resources: Midway Games Insert Coin Website Follow Insert Coin on Twitter and Facebook Eugene Jarvis Narc Mortal Kombat NBA Jam Alamo Pictures Connect with Josh Tsui: Twitter Connect with Factual America: Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with Matthew Sherwood: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
 What is it about old abandoned buildings that can be so compelling and alluring? We find out today as we welcome filmmakers Jake Williams and John Shaw to the podcast. Their film Closed For Storm is about a theme park left for ruin in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina 15 years ago. Closed For Storm shows Six Flags New Orleans in its glory days and current state of abject dereliction. Along the way, the film also captures the broken dreams and fleeting aspirations of a community still looking for hope. We find Jake and John in the eye of a different kind of storm in the summer of 2020, as they join us from their homes in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They tell us how they got legal access to the property, and why so many of us share a fascination with abandoned buildings. We also talk about how the virus has affected the film industry and what the release of the documentary will look like as film festivals shut down worldwide… “When Katrina was happening nobody’s minds were on how the theme park was doing. But once the helicopter images came out of the park underwater, it was staggering. They took whatever was valuable, left and abandoned the property.” – Jake Williams Time Stamps: 04:17 – Introducing the filmmakers and how things are for both of them at the moment. 06:06 – When and how the film will be released during the pandemic. 08:05 – What the film is about. 10:03 – John’s connection with the area Jazzland/Six Flags New Orleans was in. 13:30 – Where the idea came from to build the park. 14:05 – Our first clip showing the origins of Jazzland/Six Flags. 16:22 – The independent nature of Jazzland and their fight with Six Flags. 19:02 – What it was like living through hurricane Katrina. 21:55 – What happened to the park after Katrina. 23:46 – Our second clip showing what the park is like today. 26:36 – How they gained access to the park. 29:30 – Our third clip showing the East of New Orleans and how the park affected that area.34:10 – What the underlying message of the film is. 37:20 – What makes abandoned buildings so interesting and how Jake got involved with the ‘abandoned scene’. 42:53 – Where Jake sees his future heading. 44:27 – How John got involved with Closed For Storm. 46:37 – The biggest challenges involved with making the film. 48:26 – How they set up their sound team for the film. 50:05 – What Jake and John are both looking at doing after this. 53:20 – What the future of film festivals looks like. 55:26 – The future of online streaming services. 1:04:21 – The ways disinformation is so easily spread these days. 1:07:05 – What the situation is like in the U.K. 1:11:36 – What it’s like living in America during the pandemic.  Resources:  Bright Sun Films Follow Bright Sun Films on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube Closed For Storm Alamo Pictures Connect with John Shaw: Email Connect with Jake Williams: YouTube Twitter Connect with Factual America: Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with Matthew Sherwood: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
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