OZY FEST

July 20, 2018 at 4:45 am

OZY Fest, described as “part music festival, part TED talk, part food fair,” is happening this weekend! Tonight, it’s CEO & Founder, Carlos Watson, gives us a preview.

Aired on July 19, 2018.

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>> IT'S A MUSIC FESTIVAL, IT'S
FINE DINING, ALL THAT AND MORE.
IT'S OZZIE FEST, 2018.
IT KICKS OFF WITH HILLARY
CLINTON, MICHELLE WOLF, PASSION
PIT, CHELSEA HANDLER, MALCOLM
GLADWELL.
AND CELEBRITY CHEFS APLENTY WILL
BE FEEDING YOU FROM THEIR
GRILLS.
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THIS JAM
PACKED EXTRAVAGANZA.
GETTING TO THE DETAILS IN A
MOMENT.
BUT FIRST A CLIP FROM OZZIE
MEDIA.
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>> AND JOINING US NOW WITH ALL
THE DETAILS ON THIS MARVELOUS
FESTIVAL IS THE COFOUNDER AND
CEO AND EVENT CREATOR.
CARLOS, GOOD TO SEE YOU.
>> GOOD TO BE HERE.
>> YOU ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING
INTERESTING TO TALK ABOUT WHEN
YOU VISIT US HERE.
THIS FALLS IN THAT CATEGORY.
BEFORE WE GET TO THE DETAILS,
THIS IS THE THIRD.
>> THIS IS THE THIRD.
>> HOW DID THE IDEA COME ABOUT?
>> A COUPLE REASONS.
ONE IS WE WERE FINDING SO MANY
PEOPLE WERE ENJOYING READING OUR
ONLINE MAGAZINE OZZIE.
>> I'M ONE OF THEM.
>> THANK YOU.
WE STARTED CREATING TELEVISION
SHOWS, PODCASTS AND THEN FOLKS
STARTED TO SAY AS MUCH AS WE
LIKE READING, LISTENING AND
WATCHING, I WISH WE HAD A
COMMUNITY, AN EXPERIENCE.
AFTER THAT WE DECIDED TO CREATE
A FESTIVAL, AND NEW YORK FELT
LIKE THE RIGHT PLACE.
AND OZZIE FEST WAS BORN.
>> THE THEME IS THE SEA BEYOND.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
>> SO OFTEN WE GET TRAPPED IN
HEADLINES AND ECHO CHAMBERS AND
MINUTIA AND THINGS THAT DON'T
REALLY NOURISH THE SOUL.
IT FELT LIKE IT WAS AN
OPPORTUNITY TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE
TO THINK BIGGER, BROADER, AND
MAYBE EVEN BEYOND THEIR OWN
COMFORT ZONE SOMETIME.
WE WANTED TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO
SEE BEYOND THE NOISE.
>> ONE OF THE THINGS I WAS
STRUCK BY IMMEDIATELY, YOU JUST
TOUCHED ON THIS, IT SEEMS LIKE
SO MANY FOLKS JUST WANT TO HEAR
FROM PEOPLE THEY AGREE WITH.
IT'S NOT ESPECIALLY -- AND DON'T
WANT TO EMBRACE CHALLENGE.
WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR LINEUP,
HILLARY CLINTON, CARL ROVE, FOR
INSTANCE, FIRST OF ALL, HOW DO
YOU GET ALL THESE PEOPLE
TOGETHER?
AND SECONDLY, HOW AND WHY DID
YOU SAY THIS IS GOING TO BE THE
ANTIECHO CHAMBER?
>> I THINK OZZIE HAS ALWAYS
BELIEVED THAT CURIOUS PEOPLE
CAN'T AFFORD TO HAVE BLINDERS
ON, AND THEY WANT TO SEE WHAT'S
GOING ON IN THE WORLD, WHETHER
THEY AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH IT.
WE FELT LIKE OUR AUDIENCE HAS
PUSHED US AND ENCOURAGED US TO
BRING TOGETHER LOTS OF DIFFERENT
THINGS.
AND THE OTHER PIECE, WE'RE IN
SUCH A TUMULTUOUS ERA, WE'RE
SEEING IT AROUND US, NUCLEAR
WEAPONS, BLACK LIVES MATTER,
PARKLANDS TO ROBOTS, LOTS UP IN
THE AIR.
AND WE HAD TO HAVE A PLACE FOR
PEOPLE TO COME TO EXPERIENCE
DIFFERENT THINGS, MEDICINE TO
FASHION, FROM GREAT FOOD TO
FANTASTIC MUSIC.
>> IF YOU GO ON THE WEBSITE, AND
YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE
PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL, I LOVE
THAT IT SAYS THINK, EAT, ROCK.
>> GOT TO.
>> GIVE ME SOME IDEAS IN THE
THINK CATEGORY, SOME OF THE
FOLKS SHOWING UP.
>> A BUNCH OF GREAT FOLKS,
MALCOLM GLADWELL, STEVEN PINKER,
REALLY PROUD TO ONCE AGAIN HAVE
PEOPLE LIKE CARL ROVE, SECRETARY
CLINTON.
SO YOU'LL SEE A LOT OF
INTERESTING FOLKS, WHETHER
THEY'RE AUTHORS OR POLITICIANS,
ENTREPRENEURS OR OTHERS WHO WILL
BE PART OF THE FUN.
AND THEN, AS I SAID TO YOU
BEFORE, YOU KNOW, I CAN'T WAIT
FOR THE GOOD FOOD.
THERE'S A LOT OF FUN.
>> TALK ABOUT THE EAT CATEGORY,
IF YOU WILL.
>> OH, MAN.
SO YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE
LIKE MARCUS SAMUELSON AND ROY
TROY AND OTHERS WHO ARE DOING
KIND OF CRAZY GOOD FOOD, YOU
KNOW, EVERYTHING FROM FILL PEA
KNOW MAGIC TO SOME OF THE BEST
BARBECUE YOU'VE EVER HAD, SOME
FRIED CHICKEN PEOPLE WILL GO TO
WAR OVER, SPECIAL STUFF GOING ON
IN THERE, AND CRAZY DESSERT
COMING AT YOU FROM EVERY ANGLE.
IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT, AND
UNUSUAL CRAFT BEERS, REALLY
UNUSUAL DRINKS AS WELL TOO,
FRUIT JUICES FROM AROUND THE
WORLD.
IT'S GOING TO BE A SPECIAL -- IF
YOU'RE A FOODIE, YOU'LL WANT TO
BE AT OZZIE FEST.
>> AND THEN YOU HAVE ROCK.
>> TALK ABOUT CALM, PASSION PIT,
GIANT, GROUP LOVE, A LOT OF GOOD
STUFF.
BUT SOMETIMES ROCK ALSO MEANS
LAUGH.
SO, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW MICHELLE
WOLF IS SO INAPPROPRIATE, AND I
LOVE PEOPLE WHO ARE
INAPPROPRIATE.
AND, YOU KNOW, CHELSEA HANDLER
IS GOING TO BE THERE, WHICH IS
GREAT.
AND I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE A
HASSAN MANAJ, HE'S REALLY FUNNY.
>> YOU HAVE COMEDIC FOLKS, YOU
LAUGH FIRST AND THEN GO WHOA.
AND MAYBE IN SOME WAYS GETTING
PEOPLE TO SAY WHOA IS THE
ESSENCE OF WHAT THIS IS ALL
ABOUT?
>> I HOPE SO.
I LOVE THAT YOU SAY IT THAT WAY,
JACK.
I THINK ONE OF THE BEST PIECES
OF FEEDBACK WE GOT WAS AFTER
LAST YEAR A WOMAN WROTE ONLINE I
WENT TO THIS FESTIVAL IN CENTRAL
PARK CALLED OZZIE FEST AND I
EXPECTED TO HAVE MY MIND BLOWN,
AND INSTEAD I HAD MY MIND GROWN.
YOU CAN'T ASK FOR MORE THAN
THAT.
>> THAT'S A TAG LINE.
>> YEAH.
WE HAVE PEOPLE COMING FROM 46
COUNTRIES THIS YEAR.
AND I LOVE THAT PART ABOUT IT
TOO.
I MEAN, IT'S NEW YORK, ISN'T IT?
IT'S GOT A VERY GLOBAL, MEET
PEOPLE YOU OTHERWISE MAY NOT
BUMP INTO.
AND JUST HAVE A GOOD TIME.
>> WELL, IT IS.
IT'S AN ASTONISHING TWO DAYS OF,
AS YOU SAID, THINKING, EATING
AND ROCKING.
AND PERHAPS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT
AND ASTONISHING TWO DAYS OF
BRINGING DIFFERENT PEOPLE AND
DIFFERENT IDEAS TOGETHER.
AS YOU SAID, WE NEED TO DO MUCH
MORE THAN THAT.
>> I REALLY HOPE PEOPLE MEET
PEOPLE THEY OTHERWISE WOULDN'T
HAVE MET AND I HOPE THEY HEAR
THINGS THEY WOULDN'T NORMALLY
BUMP INTO.
IF OZZIE FEST CAN MAYBE MAKE YOU
A LITTLE MORE OPEN IN ADDITION
TO HAVING A GOOD TIME, WOULDN'T
BE A BAD THING.
>> CARLOS, ALWAYS A GOOD TIME TO
TALK WITH YOU.
>> GOOD TIME TO TALK TO YOU.
>> FABULOUS EVENT, LOVE TALKING
TO YOU, MAN.
YOU BE WELL.
>> GOT TO PLUG A FANTASTIC NEW
BOOK COMING OUT IN AUGUST.
A FRIEND OF MINE.
THEY'VE GOT TO READ IT WHEN IT
COMES OUT.
>> YOU ARE A GOOD MAN.
>> LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.
>> GOOD SEEING YOU.
A REMINDER FOR YOU, FOR MORE
INFORMATION, VISIT US AT
METROFOCUS.ORG.