Hi .. I’m Tony Anastasi.
Update for 2015, it’s been a while..
I’ve stepped out of the wedding photographer business for a few years now. The last four years I’ve been living in Guangzhou, China. I’m filming my own self funded documentary film on a new cancer treatment that only China has.
It’s about a small bio-engineered plant that has the potential to save millions of lives of cancer patients around the world..This treatment actually works, but barely anyone knows about it outside The Great Wall of China.
All this started when my mother had gotten the news, she had cancer.., and I just wanted to bring her to China for this treatment first, instead of her doing the standard stuff like chemo or radio, as I knew the success rates of this treatment over chemo, radio and surgery combined.
Now while we waited for her test results to come.. I told mum all about this treatment I knew about over in China, and my mum and sister both agreed to come try it out. My argument was that this China treatment doesn’t harm your body, so if this treatment doesn’t work then no harm done, and just the loss of money to get us to China and pay for mums treatment etc.. no big deal right? It was worth trying out for mum first, before doing what her Doctors wanted.. which as you know is either chemo or radio or surgery.
The night we got the test results back, and mum was told she had cancer. That news traveled fast and all the relo’s came straight over to my house. We ended up having a big family meeting..
With the entire extended family packed in my little apartment talking about what to do..when I had mentioned to them that I was going to take mum to china for this new treatment I had known about for a few years.
I got attacked by the mob straight after mentioning China!..
No!.. They wouldn’t let me bring mum to China.
This I didn’t expect, as they started to get very angry with me to even suggesting anything other than what they know best.. I actually got punched by a few uncles right there.. enough to make mum cry and just yell out, ’ ok I’ll do the bloody chemo ’ to stop everyone fighting.. saddest day of my life, right then and there.. that moment, I knew I had loss mum.
All this because the rest of the family had never heard of this treatment, and didn’t trust anything other than what the local doctors told mum to do. .. skip to the end, while mum was losing her battle to cancer, this was one single month of waiting for the scans to see if the chemo worked, this was straight after a year of what mum called ’ Living Hell ’ her year of chemo treatments. I told mum that I’d come to china and do something to get the information about this treatment out there and shoot a doco on it. and Mum made me promise to do it after she dies, so..
So here I am, four years later still here in China.. still shooting this doco, sure the youtube videos are helping people decide to come over for their own cancer treatments.. I ask every patient who comes in, I ask them ’ What made you make the decision to come over here for your cancer treatment?’ and about 80% of them say the videos on youtube did help with their decision… the rest of their patients come from referrals.. they know someone who came for treatment and had success with it.. all without the side effects or pain or anything like the ‘Living Hell’ which my mum said she had..
And Now after four years I’m starting to run out of my savings quickly.. I still need to shoot a lot more, and the reason I’m still here shooting is because I’m helping saving peoples lives with my youtube patient interviews success stories videos. I want to continue doing this for as long as possible, it feels fantastic to hear when you have helped someone make such a huge life changing decision like this (knowing my videos helped their decision to come here for treatment) , and then film them when they finish and hear about their treatment results in my interviews. nothing beats that feeling, nothing!
You can find some of my longer interviews with the cancer patients about their treatment and success stories on youtube by searching NGPDT .
so I have to start looking at some ways of earning some funds so I can continue shooting my documentary film here in China.. * .. one of my ideas (while I’m not out shooting the doco) is making some *abstract art, out of sound wave forms from famous movies lines like Bruce Lee’s yell and punching…
.. I got this idea while editing my sound. During shooting one of the interviews, outside the hospital was firecrackers going off, very loud crackers!.. which they like to randomly throw firecrackers out car windows all the time here.. well.. every time someone gets married,.. so truly all the time lols.. hey its China!.. so all the cars behind the wedding party will throw these long strings of firecrackers out the car windows all the way to wherever the h@&% they go.. now imagine that while I was filming talking heads :(.. .. this is where I needed some ULTRA deep sound spectrum analyst editing software to help me remove firecrackers over someone talking :( which is extremely hard to do still!
After staring blankly at these sound wave spectrums for days and nights on end… pretty abstract images begin to form in your mind.. or you lost your mind..?
and remember, You can find some of my interviews with the cancer patients about their treatment and success stories on youtube by searching NGPDT .
2007.. Back in the day in Australia, I used to work as a stills shooter full time in a fashion glamour studio and part time in another studio shooting weddings on the weekends. I also ran my own studio after hours for my own creative outlet…
These are just a sample of my own creations, and I’m .no longer. available for freelance commission work.emailme @ tonyanastasi.com