Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Over the Last Year

It’s been a little over a year since I posted on

At the end of November 2021, I awoke one day, and I knew something was wrong. I could barely get up and walk, and I had an overall sensation that I cannot even begin explain in words, except to say I knew very well that something was wrong.

Off to the Emergency Room, where they discovered I had several blocked heart arteries. The first step is a test that requires the use of some dyes “not to worry, only about one in two hundred people have reactions to the dye,” well, yep, I had an allergic reaction to the dye. So I ended up having only had one stent inserted, instead of four.

A month or two later I had a scheduled follow-up exam. The technician did the test, then he made a call on his cell. He did the test again, then took me to a private holding area. A few minutes later, he came back and began talking in a somber tone. He told me that he called my cardiologist about the test results he had just obtained, and my cardiologist instructed him to do the test again, to verify the results.

Long story short, I went right to the Emergency Room again, where I had three more artery stents inserted.

Actually, for the most part, I felt fairly normal after those procedures, but I was recommended for an aortic valve replacement via TAVR.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure to replace the aortic valve in patients with severe aortic stenosis. TAVR is less invasive than open heart surgery, and the procedure typically takes one to two hours.

At the time, the doctors told me my aortic stenosis would continue to get worse, and they were right. By September of last year I couldn’t even stand up without getting out of breath.

Photo: Pete Bannan

So in September I had the procedure done at Lankenau Heart Institute.

The TAVR recovery period is unpredictable, and I’d add that it is inconsistent.  Some days I felt pretty good, other days I slept for thirty-six hours or longer.

Articles on recovery mentioned pain, which I thought would be limited to areas affected by the procedure, but for me the pain was just about everywhere except a few places on my left side.

The condition of being tired, in pain, and with no energy lasted a very long time for me, I would say well over ten months. 

So during those months I decided to look into maybe taking an online class or two, to try to get myself active again.

I came across Coursersa where you can: 

“Learn without limits -- Start, switch, or advance your career with more than 5,000 courses, Professional Certificates, and degrees from world-class universities and companies.

We collaborate with 200+ leading universities and companies”

And their law courses looked interesting.

As a publicist I knew about journalistic standards of substantiation, plagiarism, and so on, and I also had some basic knowledge on copyrights from having had so many screenwriters as clients.

So first I signed up for Introduction to American Law, a course provided by Penn State University. At last, I received a thorough explanation of exactly how and why our legal system works. I earned a 95.83% Grade.

Introduction to American Law at Coursera

Next, I signed up for Introduction to Intellectual Property, where I received a much better understanding of the various types of intellectual properties, and the protections available to creators. Next came specialized courses on Copyright Law, Trademark Law, and Patent Law, all University of Pennsylvania courses.

Intellectual Property Suite at Coursera

After having spent so much time with doctors and hospitals, I next studied U. S. Health Law Fundamentals, then Privacy Law and HIPAA.

Health Law Fundamantals at Coursera

Privacy Law and HIPAA

My most recent course, and to me the most difficult, was American Contract Law I, offered by Yale University. Although Contract Law is logical when examined closely, it is intricate, and is directly affected by a wide range of court cases establishing precedent.

American Contract Law I at Coursera

It was Contract Law that helped me understand why it is so foolish to try to defend yourself in court. What may seem very logical to you, may actually have a completely different history of court precedent. When you enter a courtroom, you are expected to know all of the cases that will affect your case, and when the Judge realizes that you don’t know the precedents, and therefore from a legal perspective, you really don’t know what you’re talking about, your case will be quickly dismissed.

Also, virtually all business disputes are generally not intellectual property disputes, but rather Contract Law disputes.

Contract Law is complicated. A contract not only binds you to the mandatory terms that appear in writing, but also binds you to a whole set of established default conditions that don’t necessarily appear in writing. If you agree to pay someone $600 next month, you must pay in US dollars, in a common form accepted by a typical US bank. You can’t show up with a wheelbarrow full of pennies, despite what you might have read in social media posts, or pay in chicken feed, or iron ore, or roof cement, well you get the idea.

So where do I go from here?

I’m going to continue with my legal education, I like being better able to understand things I read about, like Elon Musk for example. I understand the lawyers’ arguments on both sides, and I have an informed opinion on how the courts will find in his case.

For a number of reasons I’m not taking on any more publicity clients, but I am developing a consultation service. I’ll continue to keep the description updated.

So if you have any questions, just get back to me!

Steve Thompson

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Sahlima Productions Completes "About Nelson"



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Sahlima Productions Completes About Nelson, Film on how Child Trafficking is an Attack on our Basic Humanity

(October 2021 – Los Angeles, CA) About Nelson is about one child's history with child trafficking, and how a child's life can be changed. The film follows the story of Nelson, a seven year old American boy, who manages to escape his captors with the help of another victim. Having escaped, he begins to experience the simple joys of childhood again. Additionally, he finds an advocate and protector in his teacher Solange, who is determined to make him safe. The film is about two realities: child trafficking and what individuals can do to help.

About Nelson was directed by Award-Winning, accomplished actress/writer/producer Sahlima, who also portrays SOLANGE, Nelson's teacher, who will stop at nothing to keep Nelson safe.

Sahlima Productions' mission is to lend a united voice to the diverse global community, by sharing its powerful, relatable stories, and build awareness of this issue in the global film audience.

"Child trafficking is an attack on our basic humanity and should be a concern for every community.  Traffickers enslave their victims by force and sell them for sex, forced labor, and other forms of abuse. A shocking majority of the suspects are family members and people they trust. As a filmmaker, I feel an obligation to bring this offense to light in a way that shows us what personal dignity, caring and collective action can mean. About Nelson needs to be seen by everyone. We can shed light on this desecration of childhood and give voice to those who need it. First we have to know what is happening.  Then we can act. Child trafficking turns complacency into criminality against those who cannot fight back. Please support us. We would be honored to have you join us.”

Sahlima Productions was able to complete the entire project despite the challenges of the pandemic, safeguarding the cast and crew by adhering to CDC and union guidelines pertaining to testing, social distancing, masks at all times, daily temperature checks, and frequent use of hand sanitizer.

The completed film will now be submitted to top national festivals that are all about supporting quality films that depict the reality of our global society, and help make a difference in humanity.

About Nelson recently won BEST SHORT from the Boston Screenplay Awards, and BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY from the New Hope Film Festival.

Sahlima also has several social impact driven related projects in development.


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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Sabrina Percario: Producer with Touch A Life Productions presents “Living The Dream”, Feature Film Inspired by Multiple Life Events


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Sabrina Percario: Producer with Touch A Life Productions presents Living The Dream”, Feature Film Inspired by Multiple Life Events

(August 2021; Los Angeles, CA) Multiple award-winning actress and producer, Sabrina Percario, has been collaborating as lead producer with Touch A Life Productions.

Touch A Life Productions was founded to inspire humanity. Sabrina, along with Raja Deka, are changing lives through their work, and currently have multiple films and TV series in development. 

Their film Be(lie)f was selected at the Short Film Corner at Cannes 2021. Be(lie)f is the story of a newly promoted detective, who is assigned a murder case involving the death of a young black man, but he soon realizes his own personal beliefs may obstruct his quest for justice.

On Be(lie)f Sabrina observes: “Quentin Lee Murphy and I produced Be(lie)f to bring awareness to two very important issues in this country: gun regulation and racism. We’re proud of the script and the film's message. We're avid supporters of independent filmmaking.”

Quentin Lee Murphy adds: “Without Sabrina from Touch A Life Productions, I wouldn’t be able to have made this film happen.”

Sabrina is also producing Living The Dream, a feature in which she will also be starring, along with writer Guile Branco, Bella Silverstein, and Raja Deka.

Living The Dream is the story of the struggle of a determined woman on her journey to achieve her lifetime dream of becoming an actress. Inspired by multiple life events.

“The purpose of Living The Dream is to share stories of foreigners who came to America searching to live their dreams. We wanna bring awareness to the struggle of being from abroad, and trying to work in the entertainment business.  

We’re also bringing in veteran director Teresa Lampreia who worked at Globo TV, the biggest TV network in Brazil.

As a lead producer at Touch A Life Productions, I feel honored and blessed to work with Raja Deka. We both share the same goal and mission in life, which is to touch people’s hearts with inspiring and uplifting stories.

Our goal is to see all walks of life globally leaving the theaters after experiencing our films realizing there is a warrior within each one of them with specific purpose.

Were all about lifting humanity and planting seeds through our stories, which are already changing lives, and will inspire generations by reminding each individual of their own courage and all we're capable of despite life's challenges.”

Sabrina has several other projects in development with Touch A Life Productions. More information on those projects will be coming soon.


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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Sebastian Faure on Today's Worldwide Events

Actor Sebastian Faure on Our Current Situation

There are good and bad apples from both sides. Right now, we are facing big issues. We have institutions put in place that protect police officers from any repercussions. If police officers have nothing to fear from their actions, it pushes them to overstep, overpower and perhaps use excessive force.

The only reason why Derek Chauvin was fired and arrested was because the event was filmed and exposed. I watched the video and it was heartbreaking. Derek showed no fear, a stone cold face of a man who pressed his knee on George Floyd’s neck without an ounce of remorse or empathy.

The worst part is he was aware that he was being filmed. It puts things in perspective on the number of cases and police encounters that weren’t put on film.

Are these institutions creating psychopaths under the illusion of law and order?

Remember, Derek Chauvin had seventeen complaints filed against him and he was still roaming the streets. I understand officers go through a lot mentally and they often have the right intentions to help their community. But the system in place corrupts them by making them less accountable and immune to rules and regulations. Therefore officers become “tribalistic” and less fair to anyone who isn’t a cop.

These officers chose their path, and it’s a heavy burden they must face. And of course, there are good cops. Back to where we were, the murder of George Floyd was filmed and exposed; protests and outrage pressured the people in power to take actions against the police officer who killed George Floyd. The other three officers still at large should be convicted, as they are complicit to this brutality. With great power comes great responsibility, the more power you gain as a police officer, as a politician or even as the President, the more accountable you should be. The bar is set higher to balance out the powers that have been handed to you. You become a leader, and a leader’s duty is to show and set the proper example. It is to unite, not to divide. It is to listen to those who have less, not to dictate what you think is right. It is to admit mistakes and take responsibility. Not to victimize yourself and accuse others for your mistakes. You have the highest position in office, own up to it.

That’s how you build trust within communities and that’s how you get law-abiding citizens. I studied history and somehow history keeps repeating itself to those who are ignorant of the past. Ignorance is bliss but no matter how dark it gets, the truth must prevail. The changes that were put forth in America were always done and executed with the use of force.

America had the Native American genocide, the War of Independence, the Civil War between North and South, the Civil Rights movement; and I’m not counting the wars abroad. Honestly, the whole history of America is based on violence.

It might be embedded in the culture of guns, the second amendment, the paranoia of the invisible enemy and the need for freedom against tyranny.

We all know hate will spread hate and violence isn’t the answer - LOVE IS!

You can’t deny this. Major changes always come through violence in the US; this is a fact. We can criticize all we want and find excuses on how it should be done: a peaceful protest. Truthfully, there is no structure for a proper protest. It’s subjective and everyone reacts differently. But I do know a lot of people are suffering and these events are making us reevaluate what’s important in life, a person’s breath (his life) or a person’s business? Or are both of them intertwined?

We are aware! Violence won’t solve anything and it might get worse before it gets better. People want change but the status quo remains the same because the people in power like their habits and become accustomed to how the system works to their benefit.

It is in human nature to develop habits and to grow accustomed to a system or a routine, we can get too comfortable and we go into autopilot mode. Habits create laziness, change demands effort.

We must do what’s right and call out injustice, for George Floyd and for the other victims, for the Black Lives Matter movement, for liberty, for equality and for solidarity.

From what I’ve learned, if you don’t question anything, then you must believe the system in place is perfect. We both know that isn’t the case, by questioning rules or orders as a citizen or as a police officer, you’re discovering flaws in the system that need to be addressed.

Addressing the flaws in the current system will lead to progress and change. Ultimately, it will lead to a better future. Please, stop following orders blindly and start questioning, especially during this time when the person at the top is unfit to lead. 

Be brave, spread love and stay safe.


Friday, April 24, 2020

Sebastian Faure: Appearing in David Fincher's "Mank"

(October, 2020 -- Los Angeles, CA) Actor Sebastian Faure is honored to be appearing in Mank as Ckark Gable. Mank is an upcoming American biographical drama film about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, and his battles with director Orson Welles over screenplay credit for Citizen Kane. 

According to Roger Ebert: "The origins of Citizen Kane are well known. Orson Welles, the boy wonder of radio and stage, was given freedom by RKO Radio Pictures to make any picture he wished. Herman Mankiewicz, an experienced screenwriter, collaborated with him on a screenplay originally called The American. Its inspiration was the life of William Randolph Hearst, who had put together an empire of newspapers, radio stations, magazines and news services, and then built to himself the flamboyant monument of San Simeon, a castle furnished by rummaging the remains of nations. Hearst was Ted Turner, Rupert Murdoch and Bill Gates rolled up into an enigma."

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Mank is directed by David Fincher, based on a script written by his father Jack, with Gary Oldman in the title role. The film will be distributed by Netflix, and produced by Fincher, Ceán Chaffin, and Douglas Urbanski.

Herman Jacob Mankiewicz was an American screenwriter, who, with Orson Welles, wrote the screenplay for Citizen Kane. Earlier, he was the Berlin correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and the drama critic for The New York Times and The New Yorker. Alexander Woollcott, an American critic and commentator for The New Yorker magazine, a member of the famed Algonquin Round Table, an occasional actor and playwright, and a prominent radio personality said that Herman Mankiewicz was the "funniest man in New York". Both Mankiewicz and Welles received Academy Awards for their screenplay.

He was often asked to fix the screenplays of other writers, with much of his work uncredited. Occasional flashes of what came to be called the "Mankiewicz humor" and satire distinguished his films, and became valued in the films of the 1930s. The style of writing included a slick, satirical, and witty humor, which depended almost totally on dialogue to carry the film. It was a style that would become associated with the "typical American film" of that period.

Among the screenplays he wrote or worked on, besides Citizen Kane, were The Wizard of Oz, Man of the World, Dinner at Eight, Pride of the Yankees, and The Pride of St. Louis.

Mankiewicz's younger brother was Joseph L. Mankiewicz, also an Oscar-winning Hollywood director, screenwriter, and producer.

Film critic Pauline Kael credits Mankiewicz with having written, alone or with others, "about forty of the films I remember best from the twenties and thirties. ... he was a key linking figure in just the kind of movies my friends and I loved best."

David Fincher's father Howard Kelly "Jack" Fincher, who wrote the Mank screenplay, was an American screenwriter and journalist who had written for various magazines and periodicals, notably serving as a chief editor of Life magazine.

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David Fincher was born in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was eighteen years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos in Hollywood. He went on to found Propaganda in 1987 with fellow directors Dominic Sena, Greg Gold and Nigel Dick. Fincher has directed TV commercials for clients that include Nike, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Heineken, Pepsi, Levi's, Converse, AT&T and Chanel. He has directed music videos for Madonna, Sting, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, George Michael, Iggy Pop, The Wallflowers, Billy Idol, Steve Winwood, The Motels and, most recently, A Perfect Circle.

As a film director, he has achieved huge success with Se7en, Fight Club and, Panic Room.

His movies often feature several single frames that flash on the screen in the middle of a scene, as in Fight Club, and fluid tracking camera which can access anywhere, a digital age innovation in camera movement pioneered with Kevin Tod Haug.

He frequently has characters in the shadows where you cannot make out their face: Kevin Spacey in Se7en, The Killer in Zodiac, and Brad Pitt in Fight Club.

His films often center on people with poor social skills and few friends: The Narrator in Fight Club, Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Amy Dunne in Gone Girl.

Known for his perfectionist tendencies, often shooting scenes dozens or even hundreds of times to get it exactly right.

Collider's Adam Chitwood describes how The Social Network should have won best picture.

David Fincher also directed the very well regarded The Game a 1997 American mystery thriller film, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, and produced by Propaganda Films and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. It tells the story of a wealthy investment banker who is given a mysterious gift by his brother - participation in a game that integrates in strange ways with his everyday life. As the lines between the banker's real life and the game become more uncertain, hints of a large conspiracy become apparent.

The Game was well received by critics like Roger Ebert and major periodicals like The New York Times.

Fincher has said that the film is about "loss of control. The purpose of The Game is to take your greatest fear, put it this close to your face and say 'There, you're still alive. It's all right.' "

Douglas said his moody, tormented performance was inspired in part by the divorce proceedings he was going through during the shoot. "It was a time for me to use a lot of myself in the picture," he recalled.

David Fincher is also a prolific television producer. Executive producer of seventy-three episodes of House of Cards, eighteen episodes of Love, Death, & Robots, and nineteen episodes of Mindhunter.

Sebastian Faure is honored to be appearing in Mank: "Every time I pick a role, I always start by understanding the psychology behind that person and the way he perceives life, because acting is all about the thought process in studying the character’s interaction with his surroundings.

Mank is a black and white film, very dramatic, with slow camera movement, very film noir, a tribute to the past.  David Fincher is very close to this story as it's a passion project, it's been five years since he directed a feature, so he is being certain about doing it the right way. Mank was also one of the last scripts written by David Fincher's father Jack Fincher.”

In Mank, Sebastian worked with Gary Oldman, Lily Collins, Tom Pelphrey, Amanda Seyfried, and many others. Who is Tom Pelphrey?

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It is Sebastian's belief that the art of acting is a never-ending search in finding the essence of a character. A quest to understand human behavior and push away judgment. It's a search for truth in understanding social psychology in the various circumstances of life.

As Sebastian puts it: "It's not about the start or the finish line, it's about the journey... of discovery, of learning, of growing, and of interacting with others.”

In his perspective, "Acting is an exaggerated imitation of life and life’s purpose is to remain dynamic, to keep moving forward, to take chances through the process of learning and getting out of your comfort zone. The moment you start getting too comfortable with your habits, you are as good as dead as you have lost track of your purpose. We can draw this parallel with acting; a character in any story holds no presence if he has no purpose, no objective.”

He is also appearing as a married man who escapes from his ordinary world, jeopardizing everything he thought was love in The Rose Hat written and directed by Ana Karenina Arley Jiménez.

The Rose Hat is currently on the world-wide festival circuit.

Sebastian Faure intends to continue to pursue his passion for acting. "I'm consistently learning more about life and myself so that I can improve my artistic craft."

Update: First Look At David Fincher's Netflix Film Mank, AKA The Movie That Put Mindhunter Season 3 On Hold

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Sebastian Faure On His Thoughts, Heart, and Passion Behind His Acting

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Sebastian Faure On His Thoughts, Heart, and Passion Behind His Acting

(April, 2020 – Los Angeles, CA) It took many years of soul searching for me to understand what I truly wanted to do with my life. For most of my youth, acting was merely a hobby, but later in my 20s I came to realize that it was more than just that. It took me years of working in all kinds of different jobs and realizing that they weren’t meant for me. It was only later that I allowed myself to take a leap of faith and pursue acting as a full time career. It’s not an easy job, work isn’t consistent, however when it is your passion, it all becomes worth it. When you finally find yourself working on something you love, you don’t consider it work, you do it for your well-being. Through acting I found myself opening my mind to how everyone’s perspectives of life could be so different. By telling stories, I felt that I ended up contributing more to society than when I was working as a salesman, or a tennis coach, or any other job I went through before finally settling with acting. For the time being, I live in Los Angeles, and my contribution would be making great aspiring movies.

This is where my journey truly began, and through this discourse, I’m hoping to shed some light on how acting can help one find purpose in life.

Acting is an exaggerated imitation of life, and I will explain why. The camera reflects what the director wants you to see, the movie is narrated by the director. An actor tries to live in the moment and shows genuine emotion for each scene. The director is therefore the compass, guiding the actor through the narrative journey while focusing on the specific tone, rhythm of the story.

A story can be romantic, dramatic, satiric, or even comedic, that is why I call it an exaggerated imitation of life. 

An actor’s craft starts when he books the job; he starts researching and tries to understand the essence of the character he will be portraying. Is it a character that is seeking love, seeking revenge, or wants a father’s acknowledgment? What is that character looking for in life? Everyone has a drive, an objective they want out of life. In any movie, if a character seeks nothing out of life, he serves no purpose in the story and holds no presence. 

Once you understand the character’s objective, the next step is to find the common ground between your own personal experiences and the character’s mindset. Finding parallels are necessary in order for an actor to convey genuine emotions. The more specific you are, the deeper you get.

However important it is for an actor to mold his struggles to the characters circumstances, it is equally imperative for him to understand the characters obstacles. Without struggle, there’s no satisfaction from the audience.

The more obstacles presented in front of the character and blocking him from chasing his objective, the more appealing the story.

These are only a few of the points that an actor must take into account when understanding the mindset of his character, and bringing him to life. I am currently studying at the Ivana Chubbuck studio and if I had a book to recommend you all to read. It would be the “The Power Of The Actor,” the 12 steps Chubbuck technique that will help you take a character from script to a living, and breathing character.

I promise you, I learned a lot from her book.

Acting is about learning the mindset of a character and not judging it. No matter how evil your character might be, in his mind, his actions are justified as a means to his goal. The more you learn about the abundance of perspectives in society, the more you will understand the essence of human behavior and psychology.

With this knowledge, you attain a better understanding of the meaning of a purposeful life, and the workings of the human psyche. 

It might seem complicated; what is our purpose in life? I can’t tell you specifically what it is, but what I came to understand through acting is this.

Life’s purpose is to remain dynamic, to keep moving forward, to keep chasing your passion, your objective. If you have reached your objective, set the bar higher. Never allow yourself to settle for the minimum.

As a human being, you learn more from your failures than your successes. By learning, you are growing and gaining knowledge about life and about yourself. Do not be afraid of change or the unknown. Getting out of your comfort zone is the only way to learn something new. It is in our nature to develop habits and to grow accustomed to a routine, we tend to go on autopilot mode. Habits create laziness, change demands effort.

Most people live their lives in an endless cycle, with nothing to chase. It is essential not to allow yourself to get too comfortable with your habits, to take any opportunity that comes your way, this will inevitably help you grow as a person. It is also important to understand that the more you are open to listening to others, the more you will learn.

We all have a purpose. At the end of the day, life is about finding that purpose. Us humans live together and work together in a society, we are all linked on a daily basis. What can your purpose offer to our society, and what contribution you make will help society to progress for a better future?

This is my philosophy in a nutshell, a quick peek into the mind of an actor. I hope this drives you to find what you are looking for.

All the best,
Just an actor,
Sebastian Faure /Sebastianfaure
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