We had the good fortune of connecting with Sebastian ‘Baz’ Quintans and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sebastian ‘Baz’, how does your business help the community?
At 5 O’Clock Productions, we are always thinking of new ways to shine a light on our community and its very real problems. Our debut documentary, ‘Trouble in Paradise’ focuses on the terrible effects that global warming has on our community, and the long-term problems Miami will be dealing with in the coming decades. In 2020, during the midst of a global pandemic and witnessing history with the Black Lives Matter movement, we produced ‘Here Comes The Boom’— a weekend-long event spotlighting resounding calls to action from Black Women, girls, and femmes to envision and build new ways of being that figure the Black Femme as lead. This event featured a huge number of BIPOC Femmes from all over the country, sharing their stories, inspiring others, and shedding light on the many issues our community is facing. Now, we are simultaneously producing a short documentary focusing on a Venezuelan immigrant and his story, and a female lead film about loss and redemption. With these projects, we hope to inspire our audiences to take action, be better, and uplift the people around them. Although our reach isn’t exactly global yet, we’re confident that the work we are doing in the U.S. is going to help change things for the better locally, and will eventually lead to a much wider reach where we can work together with people from all over the world. In doing so, we could gain the momentum needed to progress and build a better future for everyone.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Choosing Filmmaking as a career was one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make, but every time I’m on a set with my team doing what we love I am reminded of exactly why I chose this path. No road is ever smooth and I still have a long way to go, but if we made it through 2020 we can make it through anything. This past year taught us to adapt and gave us no choice but to expand the fields and push the boundaries of our work, which ended up being very beneficial for us. If there’s one thing I want the world to know about the 5 O’ Clock family, is that we are always working to create quality content that, not only entertains, but makes positive impacts on our society.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Me being a nature lover, first I’d take them to some of our beautiful national parks where we can enjoy a nice hike or bike ride surrounded by wilderness. Then, I’d bring them to Miami Beach, which is absolutely necessary to get the full Miami experience. All the best food and drinks are in South Beach, so next, we indulge. After that, I’d take them to some of our awesome museums to really get a feel for the history we have here. Wynwood is a great place to see art and hang out, so that’s on the itinerary too. I’d finish the day with a nice boat ride through the Miami River, and have some drinks at the Wharf to end the night.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As we say in our industry, “It takes a village”. I would not be able to do what I do without the love and support from my colleagues, friends, and family. I’d like to dedicate this shout out to my amazing team; Martina Marcet, Ashley Fernandez, and Roberto Portal.
Instagram: @sebastian.quintans @5oclock.productions
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