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

from Netflix Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives., Audio and video recordings linked to interviews tell the bizarre story of vegan chef Sarma Melngailis who accused her ex-husband Anthony Strangis (Shane Fox) of manipulating her to steal nearly $ 2 million from her restaurants to to send to him. Although Strangis refused to participate, materials from his phone appeared in the documentaries. Executive producer Ryann Fraser and director Chris Smith, who is also behind Guys: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, showed how they got the images.

Anthony Strangis / Shane Fox posing with Sarma Melngailis' dog, Leon

‘Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives’ Subject Anthony Strangis (Shane Fox) | Netflix

According to restorer and subject of Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives Sarma Melngailis, Anthony Strangis, whom she met as Shane Fox, played an important role in her downfall.

However, he refused to participate in the documentaries. In fact, Melngailis is talking to her ex-husband on the phone in the opening scene, and he apparently threatens her not to tell anything about him.

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Speaking against Variation in March 2022, shortly before the premiere of the four-part documentary, director Chris Smith and executive producer Ryann Fraser continued the story without his point of view, believing “Sarma’s story was as valid as his.”

Smith pointed out that they would have liked his “perspective”, but felt it did not feel necessary because viewers were part of the vegan chef’s “journey” in the series. Even though they share the story from one side, the director said he is not trying to “tell the audience what to think.”

‘Bad Vegan’ used audio and video footage from Strangis’ phone

By comparing the documentary to a “Rorschach test,” Smith said, “I feel that different people see it in different ways, and they come to different conclusions.”

By pointing out that this is what they found “most fascinating”, Smith explained that they were trying to take the audience on the same “journey” they and other producers went through when it came to trying to fully understand what had happened. with Melngailis.

Although Strangis refused to talk to Smith and Fraser, the documentary still contained a lot of audio and video footage from his phone. When asked how they got the materials, the two stated that it came from his possession because they were “seized” by the police during their arrest in 2016.

Fraser claimed that Melngailis’ various clips came “over time” after they “came to a place to share as much as possible.”

Sarma Melngailis revealed that she transferred materials for payment

After the debut of Bad VeganMelngailis explained a few things from the documentaries in a long blog post titled, “About Bad Vegan – Part One.”

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

The restaurateur insists she never profited from the documentary other than the money that went back. She also pointed to a “disturbingly misleading” phone call at the end of the documentary, almost two years after her four-month prison sentence.

“I made those recordings at a much earlier time, intentionally, for a specific reason,” she explained without further elaborating on the content of the call. Fraser and Smith later responded in a Newsweek article in which they doubled their decision, pointing out that they “found Sarma to be confident and strong” in that call. Bad Vegan streams on Netflix.

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