REAL FOOD FILMS 2017 PROGRAMMING
Since Real Food Media launched the Real Food Films Contest in 2013, we've seen 440 film submissions from 34 states and 31 countries. The incredible people you see on this page: the fantastic judges, advisors, media partners, school ambassadors, and allies - have built this project with us from day one. In three years, we've sparked more than 350 events around the world and thousands of connections online — and we have heard one question loud and clear:
HOW CAN I TAKE ACTION?
The more than 70 films we have featured have inspired people around the world to learn more about critical issues at the heart of our food system and to get active in new ways to build the food system we need.
This year, Real Food Films is responding to this call. Our team is thrilled to announce that this year’s Real Food Films programming will focus on providing organizing toolkits for deeper learning and engagement around three key areas:
TAKING ON BIG SODA: PUBLIC POLICIES FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
BUILDING POWER WITH FOOD WORKERS
TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH FOOD
Drawing from the films in the Real Food Films library, we're launching organizing toolkits this summer for communities to take action on these issues. We're also opening a CALL FOR ENTRIES through April 1 for films that feature people, places, and stories that put a spotlight on this year's themes. If you are interested in submitting your work, please do!
Our teamMouse Over Images for Biographies
Anna Lappé | project director
Named one of TIME magazine’s “Eco” Who’s Who, Anna Lappé is one of the country’s leading educators about healthy food, farming, and sustainability. In addition to running the Real Food Media Project, Anna is a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund. Anna is also a national bestselling author. Her most recent book is Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Brown University, Anna’s work on sustainable food and farming has taken her to South Korea, China, Bangladesh, India, Poland, France, Italy, Mali, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and beyond. A frequent public speaker, in the past decade Anna has participated in hundreds of public events, from community food festivals to university lecture halls to a food-focused fundraiser at Sotheby’s.
Christina Bronsing-Lazalde | Programs & Partnerships Director
Christina Bronsing-Lazalde is a seasoned organizer, researcher and designer who has worked on a broad range of food and justice issues including sustainability and climate change, land and water rights, global movements for food sovereignty, labor in the food chain and corporate control of the food system. Christina leads the strategic communications and content creation behind our work, developing tools for action and organizing to change the narrative around food with local to international reach. Christina brings communications strategy, graphic and web design and training and facilitation skills to the team, while managing the core collaborations at the base of our work. She received her BA from Boston College and an MPA in non-profit policy and management from NYU Wagner. Christina is based in Chicago.
Tiffani Patton | Events & Admininstration Coordinator
Some say there are two types of people in life: those who eat to live, and those who live to eat. Tiffani is, without a doubt, a person who lives to eat. She is passionate about the nexus of food, justice, and storytelling. A dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration candidate at Presidio Graduate School and a Net Impact Racial Equity Fellow, she is learning how to best do her part to make the world a more equitable (and delicious) place.
Tanya Kerssen | Political Education & Strategy
Tanya Kerssen is a food systems researcher, educator, and activist. She holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Over the last decade, she has been on staff at the Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First and GRAIN. She has developed curricula for community-based food system courses through Village Earth and Marylhurst University and has also designed and led dozens of educational, solidarity, and human rights delegations focused on food and agriculture on five continents. She is the author of Grabbing Power: The New Struggles for Land, Food and Democracy in Northern Hondurasas well as numerous articles in the popular and academic press. Originally from Montreal, she is currently based in the Twin Cities, where she supports program strategy and political education at Real Food Media.
2013-2016 School ambassadors
- Berkeley Food Institute
- Green Mountain College
- Gustolab Institute Center for Food Studies
- Sterling College
- Cornell Performing & Media Arts
- UC Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems
- The New School, Food Studies
- Shenandoah University Blue Ridge Institute and Environmental Studies Program
- University of Vermont, Food Systems
- UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute
- Cornell University Small Farms Program
- Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
- Occidental College
- Indiana University, Center for a Sustainable Future
- Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy
- Chapman University
- Chatham University
- Colorado College
- Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Columbia University Teachers College
- University of California Los Angeles, Institute for Sustainability
Eric Slatkin, Food + Video Director
Eric Slatkin is a James Beard winning director, based in Los Angeles. He helped create the video program at CHOW.com, and most recently was the Creative Director for the startup, Tastemade. Food to him has been an amazing subject matter to focus on as it embodies such a huge spectrum, from pure sustenance all the way to fine art (with donuts probably sitting right at dead center). His personal projects often deal with the environment, and his most recent, Goodbye Forever, asks people to use Snapchat to document all the waste they throw away over the course of a single day.
Diane Hatz is a creative marketing expert and events innovator who raises public awareness about problems and solutions with food and farming while activating individuals to create change. She is currently the Founder & Executive Director of Change Food (www.changefood.org) where she uses her expertise to develop creative projects, raise awareness, and move people to take actions to change the food system.
Previously, Diane co-founded and directed The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming; worked at the GRACE Communications Foundation for 12 years, where she founded and directed the consumer education program Sustainable Table; was executive producer of The Meatrix movies; and was the founder of the online sustainable food directory the Eat Well Guide.
Diane is also the Organizer and Licensee for TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat,” an annual event that brings together key experts in the food and farming movement to discuss problems, and solutions, with the U.S. food system. The talks are filmed and put online free of charge at www.tedxmanhattan.org.
Founder and CEO, Food+Tech Connect
Danielle is the founder of Food+Tech Connect, a media company connecting food and technology innovators with the information and people they need to transform the food industry. Through in-depth interviews and analysis, events, and custom research, they define innovation challenges and explore the ways data, cross-disciplinary design and communication can cultivate a better future of food and health. Danielle is also a Forbes contributor, and regularly speak on the subjects of food, technology and data trends. Prior to FTC, she worked on PR and business development at BrightFarm Systems.
Film Director, Food Chains
Sanjay spent over a decade working on agricultural development issues both in the US and abroad. He was simultaneously nurturing a passion for film. His first two shorts (Ocean Monk, Challenging Impossibility) played at many of the top film festivals globally and won numerous awards. He recently completed Food Chains a feature length documentary exposing the abuse of farm labor in the United States and the complicity of the supermarket sector. Narrated by Forest Whitaker, Food Chains counts Eric Schlosser and Eva Longoria amongst its production team and premiered at the Berlin Film Festival (internationally) and the Tribeca Film Festival (US). The theatrical release is planned for late 2014.
Haven Bourque founded Oakland, CA-based HavenBMedia to bring communications expertise to food system change. She develops communications strategies, trains spokespersons, and teaches social media for diverse organizations ranging from national non-profits to small businesses and community activists working to reform food systems around health and wellness, social justice and environmental conservation. She is a contributor to CivilEats.com, co-founded Bay Area Women Leaders in Food & Ag, and was a co-organizer of the nation’s first TEDx conference focused on farmworkers.
Wendy is a partner and principal at Picture Motion playing a leading role in business development, strategic planning, managing campaigns and digital strategy. Prior to joining the Picture Motion family, Wendy was the Senior Director of Film Campaigns at Participant Media where she developed initiatives for Food, Inc, The Cove, Waiting for “Superman”, A Place at the Table and others. Wendy began her career in film in 2003 with the Media That Matters Film Festival and Media That Matters: Good Food project. Wendy produced Every Third Bite in 2009, an award-winning short documentary about bees. She has been profiled in many media outlets and is a recipient of the 2010 New Leaders Council’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award.
Fred Haberman, co-founder and CEO of the marketing agency Haberman, has an agenda—to make a difference in the world. By telling the stories of pioneers, Fred and his agency help organizations generate revenue, inspire engagement and drive positive social change. Fred, often described as a social entrepreneur, is also co-founder of Urban Organics, a St. Paul, Minnesota-based aquaponics farm.
Saru Jayaraman is the author Behind The Kitchen Door, co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Jayaraman is a frequent presenter on issues facing the low-wage workforce, specifically restaurant workers.
Navina Khanna is a co-founder of Live Real and a Movement Strategy Center Associate. With a background in sustainable agriculture and food justice, she has worked as a facilitator, organizer, and policy advocate, bridging sectors to build a stronger and more strategic food movement. Navina currently serves on the Oakland Food Policy Council, the board of Food Policy Action, and the coordinating committee of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance. A first generation South Asian American, her worldview is shaped by growing up—and growing food—in India and the US.
Joann Lo is the Executive Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Environmental Biology and has organized with both unions and a worker center. In 2000, Joann was one of two staff who started the Garment Worker Center and, in 2005, Joann joined Enlace, an alliance of worker centers and unions. Joann is a member of Los Angeles Food Policy Council, the City of Los Angeles’s Sweatfree Advisory Committee, and the Enlace Institute Advisory Board.
Mischa has loved food since a very young age: He would, at the age of four, sit at the kitchen counter and eat his mother’s spicy tomato salsa until his mouth burned. He now sits on the board of Through The Kitchen Door as a co-chair, is a co-founder of San Francisco’s Food and Farm Film Fest.
Naomi Starkman is a Founder and the Editor-in-Chief of Civil Eats, a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. She is a food policy consultant to Consumers Union and others, as well as a founding board member and the Strategic Communications Advisor to the Food & Environment Reporting Network. Naomi served as the Director of Communications & Policy at Slow Food Nation ’08 and has worked as a media consultant at The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ and WIRED magazines. She was previously a senior publicist at Newsweek magazine and was the Director of Communications for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR).
Real food media coalition members
Corporate AccountabilityFor 35 years, Corporate Accountability International and its members have led the way to protect people and save lives by waging and winning campaigns that challenge abusive corporations. Using a mix of grassroots activism and long-term corporate engagement, Corporate Accountability International works tirelessly to ensure corporations are held accountable for policies, practices, and products that endanger public health, the environment, and human rights.
The Coalition of Immokalee WorkersThe Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a community-based organization of mainly Latino, Mayan Indian and Haitian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida. CIW fights for, among other things: a fair wage for the work we do, more respect on the part of our bosses and the industries where we work, better and cheaper housing, stronger laws and stronger enforcement against those who would violate workers’ rights, the right to organize on our jobs without fear of retaliation, and an end to forced labor in the fields.
Family Farm DefendersFamily Farm Defenders is a national nonprofit grassroots organization that promotes sustainable agriculture, rural justice, workers rights, animal welfare, consumer safety, fair trade, and food sovereignty.
Food & Water WatchFood & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, FWW help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping the global commons — shared resources — under public control.
Food TankFood Tank highlights hope and success in agriculture. They feature innovative ideas that are already working on the ground, in cities, in kitchens, in fields and in laboratories in order to bring more attention, more research, and ultimately more funding to be replicated and scaled-up.
Food Chain Workers AllianceFood Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.
Sustainable TableSustainable Table celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and works to build community through food.
Institute for Agriculture & Trade PolicyInstitute for Agriculture and Trade Policy works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.
Just Harvest USAJust Harvest USA aims to build a more just and sustainable food system with a focus on establishing fair wages, humane working conditions and fundamental rights for farmworkers. We achieve this through broad public education and mobilizing support for farmworker-led and other grassroots campaigns.
Land Stewardship ProjectLand Stewardship Project works to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, promote sustainable agriculture, and develop sustainable communities.
Real Food ChallengeThe Real Food Challenge serves as both a campaign and a network. The campaign is to increase the procurement of real food on college and university campuses, with the national goal of 20 percent real food by 2020. By leveraging their purchasing power we can catalyze the transformation of the larger food system. The network offers a chance for students and their allies (those working on the campaign along with those who’ve yet to sign on) to make connections, learn from one another, and grow the movement.
Slow Food USASlow Food USA is part of a global, grassroots organization with supporters in over 150 countries who believe that food and farming should be sources of health and well being for everyone. Through international and national advocacy, local projects and bringing people together through the common language of food, Slow Food members and supporters are making it easier to access real food that is good for us, good for those who produce it and good for the planet.
Small Planet InstituteSmall Planet Institute seeks to identify the core, often unspoken, assumptions and forces — economic, political, and psychological — now taking the planet in a direction that as individuals none of us would choose. We disseminate this deeper understanding of root causes through books, articles, blogs, and other media.