‘What Does It Mean To Be Human?’ BTS podcast of short film with the filmmakers

On Inauguration Day in the United States it was clear that this nation was torn. Thus, four filmmakers decided to explore Los Angeles to find out what others were feeling on this historic day. This episode of the LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS podcast takes you behind the scenes through the voices of the filmmaking team of Yogi Roth, Taylor Kavanough, Matt Wilcox and Jonathan ‘JJ’ James.

Taylor Kavanaugh and Matt Wilcox, two creators of ‘What Does It Mean to be Human?’ film

The result of their day in LA was a short film titled WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN. This team did not want to ask people about their preferred candidate or party lines, but rather explore a much deeper question: ‘What does it mean to be human?’ The responses varied in context but were extremely similar in construct, as each interviewee was thrown off by the question, as if they had never pondered what it meant to be what they are each day, human.

Jonathan ‘JJ’ James, a creator of ‘What Does It Mean to be Human?’ film is captured by cinematographer Matt Wilcox.

The production teams follow up was a simple, yet poignant question, ‘What does it mean to be American?’ Again, the depth and beauty within each answer struck a chord each time the camera was turned on.

Jaycen Cochran, pictured in the short film

Ranging from local surfers, successful executives, the homeless and random strangers the characters in this film ranged from men and women, young and old, across multiple religions, races and socio-economic backgrounds.

Young traveler in LA

The team of Roth, Taylor Kavanaugh, Matt Wilcox and Jonathan ‘JJ’ James turned this short documentary film around in two days, as they wove each answer around a Spoken Word poem written and performed by Roth.

Joe Towne and his son


Sydnee Gabriele of the film ‘What Does It Mean to be Human?’


‘What does it mean to be Human?’
Brett Hughes under the Venice Pier


This film is a collaboration of LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS productions and MT Collective. It was shared on Facebook and other forms of social media—with zero press—rather leaning on the community of others who seek to answer life’s fundamental question to pass along this simple story.

Yogi Roth, BTS during ‘What Does It Mean to be Human?’

Enjoy and at the end feel free to respond to @YogiRoth or @kavanaughtay on Twitter with your answer to ‘What does it mean to be human?’