How will we eat in the twenty first century? Fifty years of panic and false solutions have put over a billion people below the breadline and swelled a billion waistlines. There are many hidden and practical successes that we need to know if we are, together, to feed the world. But what are they, where are they? This is a journey, a quest to find that solution.
We want to fix the world’s food system. We’ll explore how to do that with unexpected stories from unlikely people discovering unbounded ways to feed the planet. Raj Patel’s forthcoming book, GENERATION FOOD, takes a global look at how different generations are caring for one another over a shared table, making sure that there’s enough good food for everyone. Like the book, the documentary project will chronicle the complex and contradictory journey to find sustainable solutions to feed the world. Bringing together Steve James’ unmatched storytelling skills and Raj Patel’s knowledge of the food system, we’ll produce a documentary about solutions to fix the worlds’ problems that informs, surprises, entertains and inspires. By the end of the film, the audience will wonder not ‘what can I do?’, but ‘when can we start?’
About the director
Steve James is an American film producer and director whose award-winning films include Hoop Dreams, Stevie, and most recently, The Interrupters, his fifth feature to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Independent Spirit Award. His work has also taken on global subjects like contemporary immigration (The New Americans miniseries) and the impact of Western culture in the developing world (Reel Paradise). James has been nominated for an Academy Award, received two Peabody Awards, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, among others.
Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, academic and activist. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Value of Nothing, and Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. His writing has been translated into dozens of languages.
In January 2007, Cynthia Kane moved cross-continent from New York to San Francisco to work at ITVS overseeing the International Initiative. Prior she’s had many incarnations from actor to writer to producer. She co-created DOCday on Sundance Channel during her 10-year tenure there.
Julie Goldman has produced a wide range of award-winning feature documentaries, including Sundance Audience Award winner and IFC Films’ hit Buck. Recent films include: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Finding North, Koran By Heart, Sergio and Better This World. Julie consulted on Oscar winner The Cove and Valentino: The Last Emperor.
Rachel Wexler runs Bungalow Town in the UK. She has produced many acclaimed films including: The English Surgeon, Guilty Pleasures, All White in Barking, Shed your Tears and Walk Away, Out of the Ashes, Garbage Warrior and My Perestroika. Bungalow Town won an Emmy in 2010 and a Grierson award in 2011.
Julie Goldman Motto Pictures firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Wexler Bungalow Town Productions Rachel@bungalow-town.com
We are currently in development and we’re looking for support from funders to contribute to paying our team of 15 local researchers who are finding the most interesting and inspirational stories around the world. We also need to raise finance to send our Director Steve James and Writer Raj Patel to several of these locations to cast contributors and do some initial filming. We’ll then cut together a teaser and update our proposal so that we can go to market to raise the full production budget.