‘Bad Vegan’ director reveals how he got audio and video footage from Anthony Strangis’ phone

Throughout Netflix Bad vegan: fame. Fraud. Fugitives., audio and video footage coupled with interviews tell the bizarre story of vegan chef Sarma Melngailis who accused her ex-husband Anthony Strangis (Shane Fox) of manipulating her into stealing nearly $2 million from him in his restaurants to send them to him. Although Strangis declined to participate, elements of his phone appeared in the docuseries. Executive producer Ryann Fraser and director Chris Smith, who is also behind Fyre: The Biggest Party That Ever Happened, revealed how they got the footage.

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According to restorer and subject of Bad vegan: fame. Fraud. Fugitives Sarma Melngailis, Anthony Strangis, whom she met as Shane Fox, played a pivotal role in her downfall.

However, he declined to participate in the docuseries. In fact, Melngailis talks to her ex-husband on the phone in the opening scene, and he apparently threatens her not to disclose anything about him.

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Talk to Variety in March 2022, shortly before the premiere of the four-part docuseries, director Chris Smith and executive producer Ryann Fraser still continued the story without his perspective because they believed “Sarma’s story was just as valid than his.

Smith pointed out that they would have wanted his “point of view”, but felt that it did not seem necessary because viewers are part of the vegan chef’s “journey” throughout the series. Even though they share the story on one side, the director said he’s not trying to “tell the audience what to think.”

“Bad Vegan” used audio and video footage from Strangis’ phone

Comparing the documentary to a “Rorschach test,” Smith claimed, “I feel like different people see it in different ways and come away with different conclusions.”

Stressing that this is what they found “most fascinating”, Smith explained that they tried to take the audience on the same “journey” that they and other producers went on when he s It was about trying to fully understand what happened with Melngailis.

Although Strangis declined to speak to Smith and Fraser, the documentary still included extensive audio and video footage from his phone. When asked how they had received the documents, the two men explained that they were from his possessions because they had been “seized” by the police when they were arrested in 2016.

Fraser claimed that several clips came from Melngailis “over time” after they “reached a place of sharing as much as possible”.

Sarma Melngailis revealed that she handed over documents for payment

After the start of bad veganMelngailis clarified a few elements of the docuseries in a lengthy blog post titled “About Bad Vegan – Part One.”

The owner of Pure Food and Wine admitted that Netflix paid her, explaining that she provided producers with audio and video footage in exchange for the streaming giant to pay a lawyer who wired wages owed to its former staff.

The restaurateur insists she never profited from the documentary other than the money that went into the restitution. She also pointed to a “very disturbing” phone call at the end of the documentary, nearly two years after her four-month stint in prison.

“I made these recordings much earlier, deliberately, for a specific reason,” she explained without going into further detail about the content of the call. Fraser and Smith later responded to this in a Newsweek article where they doubled down on their decision, noting that they “found Sarma confident and strong” in this appeal. bad vegan is streaming on Netflix.

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