Black Thai Affair - The Movie

This movie has been cut into chapters and meant to be watched in order.

This documentary film has little bit of everything for everyone. There are cultural and educational pieces that may be boring to some. And then there are segments containing drunken mischievousness that others might label as stupid and immature. But what this movie aspires to do, is to show anyone who hasn't spent a lengthy time outside of America, that there is a whole different world out there. And if you ever, ever, ever ever, ever… have the opportunity to travel outside of America, we promise you will be handsomely rewarded. There simply is no other education quite like it.

This movie by no means tries to label or explain the life of every Thai citizen. Like America, Thailand is filled with creative and diverse population and one story can’t possibly do it justice. This movie attempts to record the experiences and comments of two travelers. And if it opens your eyes just a bit, then we’re happy. If this movie convinces just one person to travel, then it’s been worth every ounce of sweat we put into it.

We truly hope you enjoy our creation and looking through our eyes as we invite you to experience our Black Thai Affair.

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Black Thai Affair - The Movie

Visions At Play // Josh Schaertl

THE MOVIE
March 21st 2002, Boston Massachusetts: The American economy winced in pain, tenderly licking the wounds inflicted by the biggest crash since the Great Depression. Hundreds of thousands of Boston IT professional found themselves without work…


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THE MOVIE
March 21st 2002, Boston Massachusetts: The American economy winced in pain, tenderly licking the wounds inflicted by the biggest crash since the Great Depression. Hundreds of thousands of Boston IT professional found themselves without work and on the government dole. Layoff after layoff, many prayed for a light at the end of the tunnel. Only knowing 80 hour work weeks and fat pay checks, many career oriented intelligent (and not so intelligent) professionals were searching for a new meaning in life.

Our story begins with two such fellows, Kevin Vonasek and Josh Schaertl. After four years of devoted service to a local internet company, the axe was handed down from above. Like so many friends before them, their office was suddenly terminated. Not sure what to do next, the two men looked towards the skies. They dreamed of experiencing new cultures and living in lands so very different from their own. Single, jobless and having no children that they knew of, the two men resolved to embark on the experience of a lifetime. Looking to recapture numerous holidays and weekends spent slaving away at the office, the two purchased round-trip airfare to Thailand. This time there were no stock options or IPO’s. No objectives, milestones or deadlines. This time the two were only equipped with the crazy idea of spending 5 weeks on a random adventure. On March 22nd 2002 the two men landed in Bangkok. They stepped off the plane and one thing lead to another. Five months later they figured it was time to come home.

Thailand proved to be a gracious host. The people of Thailand opened their houses, their cars and more importantly their minds. Though completely foreign, the two Americans began to recognize the fundamental similarities in all people of all types. By experiencing the lives of others, these two men learned more about themselves than they ever imagined. The American dream they knew was all about climbing to the top. But slowly their adventure made them question the true meaning of the term: Quality of Life. Was it about having more money, nicer cars and summer houses on the beach? Was it worth exchanging 80 hours a week for extra luxury? Perhaps the truly precious commodity in life was time itself. Isn't there always more time to make more money? And once time has passed, isn't that time lost for ever?

Upon their return to the States, their friends asked them the predictable, “So how was it?” Josh and Kevin looked at each other blankly, thinking the same thought. How does one explain 6 months of life changing experiences? How does one share thousands of photos and 40 hours of video tape while still keeping their friends? How does one begin telling a story that could take days or weeks to tell? Well it’s easy. You spend another three years in front of a keyboard and monitor and presto, you make a movie!

This documentary film has little bit of everything for everyone. There are cultural and educational pieces that may be boring to some. And then there are segments containing drunken mischievousness that others might label as stupid and immature. But what this movie aspires to do, is to show anyone who hasn't spent a lengthy time outside of America, that there is a whole different world out there. And if you ever, ever, ever ever, ever… have the opportunity to travel outside of America, we promise you will be handsomely rewarded. There simply is no other education quite like it.

This movie by no means tries to label or explain the life of every Thai citizen. Like America, Thailand is filled with creative and diverse population and one story can’t possibly do it justice. This movie attempts to record the experiences and comments of two travelers. And if it opens your eyes just a bit, then we’re happy. If this movie convinces just one person to travel, then it’s been worth every ounce of sweat we put into it.

We truly hope you enjoy our creation and looking through our eyes as we invite you to experience our Black Thai Affair.

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