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Zack Stentz (Writer/Movie Producer)

1. If given the opportunity to live during a different artistic movement other than now, which one would you choose? and why?

I'd want to live in the swinging London of the early to mid-1960s, as music, art, and fashion were all being reinvented in exciting ways. I find the clothes, the music, and the whole vibe of the time and place to be really appealing. 

2. So far in your career, what was the biggest antagonistic force that you encountered on your creative journey? 

Self-doubt and impostor syndrome have stood in my way far more than any external force of opposition.

3. If your creative work were edible, what would it taste like?

Sea salt dark chocolate, with sweet, salty and bitter flavors in balance with each other. 

4. If you could revolutionize one aspect of contemporary society through your work, what would it be? 

I wish I could use my work to make humans realize their interconnectedness with the natural world and all life on the planet. 

5. Which living person do you most admire? and why?

I most admire Jane Goodall for her lifelong devotion to knowledge and preserving the environment and biodiversity. She shows how to live a long and engaged life filled with meaning and joy.

6. What is your current state of mind?

A little worn down from the publicity push for the movie. (Rim of the World, Netflix)

7. What is the best way to train people to see the gradients in the world around them instead of just a simplistic “this is good, that is wrong” view of the world?

Through radical empathy and the act of understanding the lives of people with different mind sets and values than our own. 

8. What life-altering moment or event should every human ideally get to experience at least once in their lives?

To be loved completely and unconditionally for ones self by another human being.

9. Life is a magnificent web of dreams vs reality and aspirations vs expectations, the chaos has cadence even if sometimes it demands to be explained. How do you live life to the fullest when it is also vulnerably fragile?

I don't always succeed, but I try my best to live fully in each moment instead of viewing the present as a stepping stone to run past while getting toward a hypothetical future. Because those present moments are what life is made of.

10. The world is always revolving with billions of neurons firing at a rapid pace among its inhabitants, everyone is distracted or merely daydreaming. Being at the center and given a podium at center of the world, you are granted 30-seconds to talk to every living person on Earth, all will listen and put to heart what they hear from you. What will be your message?

I think my heroes Bill and Ted put it best, when they told us all to "Be excellent to each other...and party on, dudes!"

Rim of the World - Netflix


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