Archived Interview: Rock Baijnauth
December 2015 Update
I originally photographed and interviewed Rock Baijnauth, the director of “Barista” in 2014. At that point the film was titled, “Drip” and they were still running a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds.
Well, fast forward to 2015 and I recently attended the Los Angeles based premiere at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. But it was also a surreal experience because, well, Im in the film. All of 5 or so seconds but I’m in it. So that was crazy to attend a screening of a film that I was interviewed for and then see my huge hair projected on a screen. In LA. And Im not even trying to be an actor…
Original 2014 Post.
In February of this year, I attended the Big Western Barista Competition in downtown Los Angeles. It’s a competition where baristas and coffee roasters battle it out to prove who’s the best. The artistry and craft that goes into these presentations is simply stunning. It was coffee nerdom at it’s finest and I loved every moment of it.
But beyond the espresso shots and exquisitely manicured mustaches that would make even Salvador Dalí jealous there was a group of guys running around with RED cinema cameras filming the event. As a photographer and director, I was intrigued to know what they we’re doing but I didn’t want to interrupt them.
I began following their Insatgram account after coming across some behind the scenes images of theirs online. I noticed through their postings that they had recently launched a Kickstarter campaign. I checked it out and decided to back the film.
I sent them a message a few days back about the possibility of meeting up and received a reply from the director. He asked if we could set something up soon since their Kickstarter campaign only had a few days remaining. Cut to today and Rock Baijnauth, the director and I sat down for a photo shoot and a quick interview.
When Rock and I first emailed each other on Wednesday the 25th they were at about 50% of their goal. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure they would make it. But thankfully Kickstarter placed their campaign on the home page of the Los Angeles edition and BOOM their numbers start climbing. Cut to yesterday and the freakin’ LA Times interviews Rock. And you know that created some buzz. So as of this moment, Saturday March 29th, 5:00 PM they’ve managed to reach $42,915.00. So close.
Help them out by investing in their film HERE. And here’s the film trailer.
And here’s my first official interview on this here crazy blog of mine with Rock Baijnauth, the director of Drip. (now titled, Barista)
Tell me a bit about your background as a director
What drew you to focus your film on the ‘competition’ aspect of the coffee world?
What are you plans with the film once it is complete?
How has the response from the coffee community been?
What’s your favorite coffee drink