I had the chance to get in touch with Jed Rothenberg, founder of LandingPadBA. LandingPadBA (LPBA) is an alternative city guide and online agency from Buenos Aires, Argentina. LPBA author Rex Racer did this interview and I’m publishing again here on Cameraman.com. The interview is about US cameraman Paul Schlindwein that moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina a few years ago.
What brought you to Buenos Aires?
Paul: The daily grind! I was working 22 days a month just to break even. It really began in England. We were pub crawling on a canal boat through the Midlands during a film festival when I was chatting with some friends.
We were talking about how if Bush was reelected in ’04 that I was going to leave the states. Well, he was reelected and I began to make plans to leave. I wanted to go someplace south of the equator, so when the fallout came I’d be far enough away. I needed an international airport with direct flights for work, so it was down to Sao Paolo, Lima and Buenos Aires. I hate Sao Paolo. It reminds me of Houston, TX, except in Brazil. Lima is a bit too dangerous. So here we are.
I had actually been here before, 30 years earlier, while my sister was studying here. I decided to make 4 trips to Buenos Aires before I made the big move. I networked, researched job opportunities and then liquidated everything I had in the states.