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100+ food & ag groups stand with labor and tell Senators to Vote No on Andy Puzder nomination

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United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

January 30, 2017

RE: Nomination of Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor

Dear Senators:

Our organizations urge you to oppose the nomination of Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor. This nomination represents another in a string of Trump administration appointments that betrays the President-elect’s promise to improve the lives of working people.

As CEO of CKE Restaurants, which operates Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, Puzder’s nomination to an agency charged with protecting working people is rife with conflicts of interest. Puzder’s company has faced numerous Department of Labor violations for failing to pay the minimum wage or overtime: Sixty percent of inspections of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants found labor law violations and Puzder has opposed both raising the minimum wage and enforcement of overtime rules and mandatory sick leave. Puzder’s confirmation would ensure that the interests of the fast food industry—and its large meat and food industry suppliers—would prevail over the needs of hard-working people in the food system who face some of the highest rates of food insecurity due to low wages and poor working conditions.

Contrary to what Puzder and other corporate leaders at the National Restaurant Association say about good working conditions in the restaurant sector, the majority of restaurant workers are women and people of color, making as little as $2.13 per hour and rely on tips to survive. These workers face disproportionate rates of poverty, discrimination, and sexual harassment and deserve a Labor Secretary who believes that, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “All labor has dignity.” Instead, with the National Restaurant Association’s champion heading the Department of Labor, workers will have to rely on vocal opponents of labor regulations to protect their basic workplace rights.

On behalf of the many people and groups who are working for a better food system that provides nutritious food and livable wages and treats the land, farmers, and animals with respect, we the undersigned urge you to oppose the nomination of Andrew Puzder to Labor Secretary.

Puzder would be yet one more nominee working for the interests of big business over the interests of working people.

Signed,

ActionAid USA

African American Cultural Center (Us)

Agricultural Justice Project

Alliance for Fair Food

Beyond Pesticides

Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA)

Black Urban Growers

Brandworkers

Brighter Green

California Institute for Rural Studies

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Food Safety

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Center for Urban Education for Sustainable Agriculture

Climate Justice Alliance

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

CoFED

Common Ground Community

Community Alliance for Global Justice

Community Food and Justice Coalition

Compassion in World Farming

Corporate Accountability International

Dakota Resource Council

Domestic Fair Trade Association

Earthjustice

El Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas, The Farmworkers’ Support Committee

Family Farm Defenders

Farm Forward

Farmworker Association of Florida

Farmworker Justice

Food & Water Watch

Food Chain Workers Alliance

Food Democracy Now!

Food Empowerment Project

Food First

Food Shift

Food Tank

Foodstand

Foundation Earth

Friends of the Earth

GMO Inside

Grassroots Gardens WNY

Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council

Green America

HEAL Food Alliance

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group

Health Care Without Harm

Idle No More Duluth

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

International Labor Rights Forum

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Just Food

Land Stewardship Project

Laundry Workers Center

Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University

Lucid Food

Midwest Pesticide Action Center

MomsRising.org

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice

National Black Food & Justice Alliance

National Family Farm Coalition

National Young Farmers Coalition

Natural Resources Defense Council

NC Environmental Justice Network

New Mexico Public Health Association

Ninjas for Health

North American Climate,Conservation and Environment

Northeast Organic Farming Association of

New York

Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center

Nutiva

Organic Consumers Association

Other Worlds

People’s Climate Movement NY

People’s Grocery

Pesticide Action Network

Phat Beets Produce

Pioneer Valley Workers Center

Real Food Challenge

Real Food for Kids

Real Food Media

ROC United

RootDown LA

Roots of Change

Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural

Sacramento Food Policy Council

Slow Food California

Slow Food Chicago

Slow Food USA

Small Planet Institute

Soil Generation

South Agassiz Resource Council

Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California

Springfield Food Policy Council

Student/Farmworker Alliance

Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville (SAL)

Toxic Taters

Treasure Valley Food Coalition

Union of Concerned Scientists

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

US Food Sovereignty Alliance

Warehouse Worker Resource Center

Warehouse Workers for Justice

WhyHunger

Workers’ Center of Central New York

Young Workers United

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For Our Food Systems Sake, Say “No” to Corporate Consolidation

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When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their thoughts. In this interview with Ensia contributor Lisa Palmer for Ensia’s 2017 print annual, Real Food Media founder Anna Lappé responds to three questions: What will be the biggest challenge to address or opportunity to grasp in your field in 2017? Why? And what should we be doing about it now?


Anna Lappé
December 29, 2016

The food system is one of the largest forces impacting our planet’s environment and people’s health. The choices about what crops are grown, where and how they are produced, who gets access to that food and who makes those decisions all have global consequences.

One of the challenges to achieving a more sustainable and fair food system is cor­porate consolidation in the food sector. Consider the latest proposed merger be­tween global giants Bayer and Monsanto pending antitrust approval. And remem­ber, DuPont-Dow, Syngenta–Chem China and Monsanto-Bayer (if the mergers go through) aren’t agriculture companies first — they’re chemical companies.

Particularly worrisome is that these multi­national corporations are focused on just a handful of commodity crops, while we know global food security comes from supporting biodiversity. We know that corporate control leads to political cap­ture as corporations use lobbying dollars and campaign contributions to shape public policy and regulation, with enor­mous implications for the environment and food safety. We also know that once four or fewer corporations control more than 40 percent of a market, true com­petitiveness is compromised: Consumers and farmers lack real choice and fair pric­es. Consolidation puts food workers and small-scale farmers at risk, and it increases vertical integration, further hurting farm­ers’ ability to compete.

To achieve greater food sovereignty, we need to embolden our regulators to take antitrust action against these mergers. We need to see these not as simply business deals for Wall Street analysts to angst over, but as deals that affect the very essence of our food system.

Orignal post on Ensia

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Devour! Food Film Fest Includes Three 2016 Real Food Films Winners

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Devour! The Food Film Fest is an international festival celebrating cinema, food and wine culture. The five-day festival takes place in the culinary epicenter of Nova Scotia – the town of Wolfville, Kings County. The festival is an experiential celebration of food on film, the culture of food and the dramatic impact it has on our day-to-day lives. The sixth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest is slated for November 2-6, 2016.

We wish them another awesome Film Fest and are proud to share that this year’s program includes three 2016 Real Food Film Winners:

The 2016 Grand Prize Winner Home Flavored

In this powerful and poignant portrait of a Latino American family, award winning Youth Speaks poet Monica Mendoza tells the haunting story of how corporations continue to colonize the bodies of her culture and how to we can return to our roots. Directed by Jamie Wolf, written by Monica Mendoza and produced by Youth Speaks.

 

Home Flavored | 2016 Real Food Films Winner from Real Food Media on Vimeo.

The 2016 winner for Best Producer Profile, Farmed with Love

Fed up with food safety problems in China, a mother in Shanghai returns to the farm to help rebuild her trust in the local food system through organic farming. Directed by Wang Yu and produced by Li Yang.

 

Farmed with Love | 2016 Real Food Films Winner from Real Food Media on Vimeo.

The 2016 Grand Prize Runner up and winner of best cinematography, Naturali Tea

Beyond water, tea is the number one consumed beverage in the world. An organic Japanese tea farmer with over three decades of experience shows that soil health is essential for the environment and the future of tea. Directed by Jeremy Seifert and produced by Aaron Stair.

 

Naturali Tea | 2016 Real Food Films Winner from Real Food Media on Vimeo.

 

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Berkeley vs. Big Soda

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In 2014, Berkeley successfully passed a bill to levy a tax on sugary drinks. In the face of over 2.4 million dollars spent by Big Soda in a series of failed lawsuits and fake grassroots front groups, real citizens used their collective voice to deliver a healthy change.

Since that watershed victory, the Berkeley vs. Big Soda campaign lives on as a resource and an example to other cities that hope to take the same positive action. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events and fundraisers. You might run into a few familiar faces!

Real Food Media founder Anna Lappé with Alice Waters and Malia Cohen.

Real Food Media founder Anna Lappé with Alice Waters and Malia Cohen.

 

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If You Think Eating Is A Political Act, Say Thanks To Francis Moore Lappé

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Our founder, Anna Lappé and her mom, Frances Moore Lappé spoke with Allison Aubrey of the Morning Edition for the NPR series Boundbreakers: People Who Make A Difference.

Check out this inspiring interview and the wonderful summary Allison Aubrey shares of the conversation.


Originally published on NPR’s Morning Edition series Boundbreakers: People Who Make A Difference
By Allison Aubrey

When Frances Moore Lappé wrote the best-selling Diet For A Small Planet back in 1971, she helped start a conversation about the social and environmental impacts of the foods we choose.

And, back then, what she had to say was revolutionary. Her idea that a plant-centered diet could be better for the planet — and our health — than a meat-centered diet was considered radical. “It was heresy,” Lappé told me during a recent interview.

Read the full interview here.

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Anna Honored with 2016 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award!

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We are so thrilled and excited to share the wonderful news that our Project Director, Anna Lappé, will be honored among this year’s James Beard Leadership Award winners:


From Anna:

 

This is a particularly significant honor because of my respect for previous award winners and this year’s other honorees including Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Raj Patel, Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, and John Boyd, Jr. Check out the fantastic work of these fellow awardees from farmworker rights to hunger advocacy to rooting out inequality in the food system – see the full press release here. It’s such an honor to be recognized among them.

 

In the past few years—thanks in large part to our dedicated supporters and amazing team—we have been able to have even greater reach and I’m so pleased the Foundation is recognizing the work in this way. Sincere thanks to all those who have been a part of our growth and impact!

 

With gratitude,
Anna

 

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Announcing the 2016 Real Food Films Winners

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May 2, 2016

CONTACT:

Christina Bronsing-Lazalde
Director of Programs + Partnerships
Real Food Media
christina@realfoodmedia.org
773 808 6737

REAL FOOD MEDIA ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF
2016 FOOD AND FARMING SHORT FILM COMPETITION

AWARD-WINNING FILMS THAT STIR HEARTS, MINDS – AND ACTION – FOR A BETTER FOOD SYSTEM

 

SAN FRANCISCO — May 2, 2016 — A stunning diversity of food and farming stories win top honors in the third annual Real Food Films Contest, the food movement’s first and only competition for short films about sustainable food and farming. Founded by author and advocate Anna Lappé, the Real Food Films Contest received 160 submissions from 20 countries this year. Films were required to be four minutes or under and feature original voices that lift up underreported stories at the heart of the food movement. Film styles ranged from documentaries to advocacy films to spoken word poetry shorts. Real Food Films’ prestigious panel of judges—including Padma Lakshmi, author Raj Patel, James Beard Foundation’s Susan Ungaro, and chef Tom Colicchio—selected the prizes from the top ten finalists.

The 2016 Grand Prize winner is Home Flavored a haunting story of how soda companies impact the lives of Latino families in the United States. Contest judge, Raj Patel, described the film as a “powerful fusion of slam poetry, documentary, essay, argument and anthropology. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the screen, and couldn’t wait to hear the next line… It’s the kind of filmmaking that’ll get food issues to a far wider audience.”

Directed by Jamie DeWolf from Oakland, California, Home Flavored features spoken word poet Monica Mendoza and was produced with The Bigger Picture, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and the University of California San Francisco Center for Vulnerable Populations designed to combat the epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes by empowering youth to change the conversation.

Real Food Films media partners — the James Beard Foundation, Slow Food USA, Vimeo among others — will promote the 10 finalist films online and at in-person events around the country. All the films are free to watch online or at more than 50 Pop-Up Film Fests to be hosted around the country. The entire Real Food Films library, of more than 70 captivating short films, is viewable at realfoodfilms.org.

 

Additional Prizes include:

First Runner Up + Best Cinematography: Naturali Tea | Jeremy Seifert, Aaron Stair
Fujieda, Japan
After water, tea is the number one consumed beverage in the world. An organic Japanese tea farmer with over three decades of experience shows that soil health is essential for the environment and the future of tea.

Lens On Hunger Award: Everybody Eats | Justinian Dispenza, Tanner Presswood
Boone, North Carolina
Addressing hunger with dignity, pay-as-you-can cafes are popping up across the world. This film tells the story of one innovative, and delicious, alternative to conventional hunger relief efforts and reveals the resiliency and compassion of community at the same time.

People’s Choice Award + Best Student Film: Beyond the Seal | Leah Varjacques and Katherine Nagasawa
El Oro Province, Ecuador
Beyond the Seal peels back our understanding on the most eaten fruit in the United States–the banana–uncovering its toxic production and the people behind a movement to change the industry.

Best Underreported Issue: Saving Sap | Ian Maclellan, Eloise Reed, Dylan Ladds
Loudon, New Hampshire
A story of how climate change touches food, Saving Sap tells the tale of maple syrup tapping in New England and efforts to adapt to a warming world.

Best Food Producer Profile: Farmed with Love | Wang Yu, Li Yang
Shanghai, China
Fed up with food safety problems in China, a mother in Shanghai returns to the farm to help rebuild her trust in the local food system through organic farming.

Best Innovative Initiative: The Kelly Street Garden | Alison Hall Kibbe, Rebecca Scheckman, Sasha Phyars-Burgess, Seyi Adebanjo, Tiana Thomas, Rosalba Lopez Ramirez
South Bronx, New York City
Can a group of dedicated residents rebuild trust and community connections? The Kelly Street Garden in New York City’s South Bronx shows what’s possible when individuals dig deep and commit to transforming neighborhoods through art, wellness – and fresh, healthy food.

Best Animation: Save the Bees | Marta Topolska, Mark Mos
United States
Bees are responsible for one in three bites of food we eat. They are key to healthy ecosystems, plants and agriculture. This short animation tells the story behind dwindling bee populations, and asks us to take action.

 
ABOUT REAL FOOD FILMS

Real Food Films sparks conversation about food, farming, and sustainability around the world through an international film competition and engaging public events. Real Food Films is an initiative of the Real Food Media, harnessing media and storytelling to educate, inspire and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming via this online film Contest, grassroots events, a web-based action center and strategic partnerships. Visit www.realfoodfilms.org to explore the new film library and to learn more about the Contest. Follow us on Twitter @realfoodfilms, Instagram @realfoodmedia and like us on Facebook at Real Food Media.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: ANNOUNCING THE REAL FOOD FILMS 2016 FINALISTS

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April 1, 2016 

CONTACT:
Christina Bronsing-Lazalde, Real Food Media
christina@realfoodmedia.org
773 808 6737

 

REAL FOOD FILMS CONTEST ANNOUNCES TOP 10 FILMS
FOR 2016 FOOD AND SUSTAINABILITY SHORT FILM COMPETITION

FEATURING 40 MINUTES OF FILMS THAT STIR HEARTS,
MINDS – AND STOMACHS – FOR A BETTER FOOD SYSTEM.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Real Food Films Contest is pleased to announce the outstanding finalists in its third short films competition featuring stories about food, farming, and sustainability. From the depths of fishing in Thailand, to the true grit of Alabama, the changing climate of maple syrup and creative ways to quell hunger, the ten finalist films cover a broad range of topics in today’s growing good food movement. A panel of judges, including Padma Lakshmi, Raj Patel, Susan Ungaro, and chef Tom Colicchio, will select the Grand Prize winner, first runner up, and special awards. Online voting, starting today, will determine the “People’s Choice Award” at www.realfoodfilms.org.

 

The 2016 Finalists were selected from 160 submissions representing filmmakers from 20 countries in this year’s first ever call for entries outside of the U.S. and Canada. Diverse formats include documentary to advocacy to spoken word. Films are all four minutes or under and feature original voices and stunning cinematography that lean toward the get-your-hands-dirty stories at the heart of the food movement over the perfectly styled plates of restaurateurs. Top 10 short films eloquently capture action in the food system from down the block and around the globe.

This year’s finalists include:

 

Prize winners will be announced on May 2, 2016 and include a $5,000 Grand Prize, a new $5,000 Lens on Hunger Award, as well as $5,000 more in awards for best student film, best cinematography, and more. All winning films have distribution opportunities with Contest media partners, including Devour! The Food Film Fest, Disposable Film Festival, SXSW Eco and Vimeo.

 

Viewers can join Real Food Media in celebrating the stories featured in these Top 10 films and vote for their People’s Choice favorite now through April 30 online. Live screening events are free to host by signing up for a Pop-Up Film Fest; to date over 200 have been hosted around the world.

 

Contest judges include:

  • Johanna Blakley, PhD, Norman Lear Center, University of Southern California
  • Philip Bloom, filmmaker
  • Dana Cowin, Editor in Chief, Food & Wine
  • Tom Colicchio, chef and owner of Craft Restaurants and executive producer of A Place at the Table
  • Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder and CEO, International Culinary Center
  • Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, co-founders, Food52
  • Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine, filmmakers, the Perennial Plate
  • Padma Lakshmi, cookbook author, actress, model, and television host
  • Jamie Oliver Food Foundation USA
  • Davia Nelson, audio storyteller, the Kitchen Sisters
  • Michel Nischan, President and CEO, Wholesome Wave
  • Eli Pariser, co-founder, Upworthy
  • Raj Patel, best-selling author and food justice activist
  • Maria Rodale, chairman and COO, Rodale Inc.
  • Brad Simpson, film producer, Color Force
  • Bryant Terry, award winning chef, author and activist
  • Susan Ungaro, President, James Beard Foundation
  • Karen Washington, farmer and activist
  • Emily Zweber, organic farmer, first AgChat Foundation executive director

 

Entries from the 2016 Contest will join the Real Food Films Library, a curated collection of short films about food, farming, and sustainability, produced by award-winning author Anna Lappé. The Project’s film library showcases winners from the first two years of the Contest and 40 more carefully selected films, all under four minutes, organized by categories that include innovative food business, global voices, youth leaders, underreported issues and more.

 

ABOUT THE REAL FOOD FILMS CONTEST

The Contest’s mission is to spark conversation about food, farming, and sustainability around the world through short films and engaging public events. The Contest is an initiative of the Real Food Media, harnessing powerful media and storytelling to educate, inspire and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming via this online film Contest, grassroots events, a web-based action center and strategic partnerships. Visit www.realfoodfilms.org to explore the new film library, to learn more about the Contest, and to enter the competition. Follow us on Twitter @realfoodfilms, Instagram @realfoodmedia and like us on Facebook at Real Food Media.

 

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Press Release: Announcing Year 3 of Real Food Films Contest

CONTACT:
Christina Bronsing-Lazalde
Real Food Media
christina@realfoodmedia.org
realfoodfilms.org
773-808-6737

 

REAL FOOD MEDIA LAUNCHES 3rd ANNUAL
INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION

Food Movement Changemakers Raj Patel & Bryant Terry, Media Innovators at Upworthy & Vimeo Join Panel of Judges and Partners to Select Top Digital Super Shorts on Sustainable Food

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO — October 23, 2015 — In the past two years, over 300 filmmakers from around the world have entered the world’s largest short films competition for films on food, farming and sustainability. Today, Real Food Media announces the launch of its third-annual Contest year with a call for submissions of super-short films on underreported issues, unique changemakers and creative solutions to foster a broad, public conversation about solving our global food system’s most intractable problems – from hunger to diet-related illnesses to environmental crises.

 

Details about guidelines can be found at www.realfoodfilms.org. Submissions are due by March 1st, 2016 at 9pm PST/12 midnight EST. The top ten finalist films will be announced April 1st, 2016 at Madrone Studios in San Francisco.

 

Contest judges include some of the nation’s most significant leaders in food, farming and film, from restaurateur Tom Colicchio to chef and author, Bryant Terry. “Each year I enjoy judging the short film competition,” says the James Beard Foundation’s Susan Ungaro, a contest judge. “These short documentaries offer of great overview of what’s important, what’s inspiring and what’s concerning in our complicated but joyous food world.”

 

Awards include a $5,000 Grand Prize, $2,000 for Runner-Up and special awards for Best Cinematography, Underreported Issue, Food Producer Profile, Innovative Initiative and Animation. Media partners include film festivals and online video platform, Vimeo, bringing wide distribution opportunities for films and valuable networks for filmmakers. (See below for complete list). Winning films have been shown around the world – from a festival in Istanbul to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City to Food & Wine’s online platform. In addition, the Contest works with dozens of universities on events and special programming, including with anchor partners Occidental College (Los Angeles) and Gustolab Institute for Food Studies (Rome).

 

“In two years, we have been blown away by the creativity and vision of filmmakers, both seasoned and new,” said Anna Lappé, national bestselling author and Real Food Media founder. “We’ve also been delighted by the reach of our free Pop-Up Film Fests, showcasing winning films. From New Zealand to Romania to across the United States, more than 200 communities have shown these powerful films, sparking conversation worldwide.”

 

“My first reaction when selected as a Contest finalist was a great sense of validation and honor knowing that my film was selected by judges who are luminaries in the world of food and sustainability. And then something really interesting happened after the contest; I began getting requests to screen my film at festivals across the web and the world. It’s amazing how the Contest became the catalyst to finding an audience for my work.”
– Dustin Hughes, 2015 Finalist

 

“The Real Food Media Contest gets to the heart of why I make films, which is to provide new perspectives on the way we eat and grow. Not only is it a great avenue to share these films, but it is also building a network of likeminded filmmakers. We’ve collaborated with other winners of the Contest and hope to do the same this year.”
– Daniel Klein, The Perennial Plate, current Contest judge and 2014 and 2015 Prize Winner

 

The 2015 Contest winners – including a youth spoken word about the ravages of diabetes, a meditation on humane animal slaughter and planting peace in the Congo – are part of the free Pop-Up Film Fest lineup. More information can be found at www.realfoodfilms.org.

 

 

Contest Judges:

  • Johanna Blakley, PhD, Norman Lear Center, University of Southern California
  • Philip Bloom, filmmaker
  • Dana Cowin, Editor in Chief, Food & Wine
  • Tom Colicchio, chef and owner of Craft Restaurants and executive producer of A Place at the Table
  • Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder and CEO, International Culinary Center
  • Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, co-founders, Food52
  • Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine, filmmakers, the Perennial Plate
  • Padma Lakshmi, cookbook author, actress, model, and television host
  • Jamie Oliver Food Foundation USA
  • Davia Nelson, audio storyteller, the Kitchen Sisters
  • Michel Nischan, President and CEO, Wholesome Wave
  • Eli Pariser, co-founder, Upworthy
  • Raj Patel, best-selling author and food justice activist
  • Maria Rodale, chairman and COO, Rodale Inc.
  • Brad Simpson, film producer, Color Force
  • Bryant Terry, award winning chef, author and activist
  • Susan Ungaro, President, James Beard Foundation
  • Karen Washington, farmer and activist
  • Alice Waters, owner, Chez Panisse, founder, The Edible Schoolyard Project
  • Emily Zweber, organic farmer, first AgChat Foundation executive director

 

Contest Media Partners:

  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Change Food
  • Devour! The Food Film Festival, Nova Scotia
  • Disposable Film Festival
  • Eat Drink Films
  • Edible Communities
  • Food & Wine
  • Food and Farm Film Festival
  • Food Book Fair
  • Food Day
  • Food52
  • GOOD
  • James Beard Foundation
  • Lexicon of Sustainability
  • Slow Food USA
  • SXSW Eco
  • Tastemade
  • Vimeo

 

Contest Advisors:

  • Haven Bourque, Founder, HavenB Media
  • Wendy Cohen, Partner and principal at Picture Motion
  • Danielle Gould, Founder and CEO, Food+Tech Connect
  • Fred Haberman, Co-founder and CEO, Haberman
  • Diane Hatz, Founder and Executive Director, Change Food
  • Saru Jayaraman, Founder and Co-director, Restaurant Opportunities Center United
  • Navina Khanna, Movement Strategy Center
  • Joann Lo, Co-director, Food Chain Workers Alliance
  • Mischa Nachtigal, Co-founder, Food + Farm Film Fest
  • Sanjay Rawal, Director, Food Chains
  • Eric Slatkin, Food + Video Director
  • Naomi Starkman, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Civil Eats

 

Anchor Schools:

  • Gustolab Institute Center for Food Studies: Rome, Italy
  • Occidental College: Los Angeles, CA

 

Contest School Ambassadors:

  • Berkeley Food Institute
  • Chapman University
  • Chatham University
  • Cornell Performing and Media Arts & Cornell Small Farms Program
  • DCTV
  • Green Mountain College
  • Indiana University – South Bend, Center for a Sustainable Future
  • Institute for Community Research, Food Justice Youth Corps
  • Johns Hopkins, Center for a Livable Future
  • Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Columbia University Teachers College
  • Shenandoah University, Blue Ridge Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Sterling College
  • The New School
  • Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy
  • UC Davis
  • UC Santa Cruz: Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
  • University of California Los Angeles, Institute for Sustainability
  • University of Vermont

 

ABOUT THE CONTEST and REAL FOOD FILMS

The Contest is directed by leading sustainability advocate and award-winning author Anna Lappé and is part of the Real Food Films initiative of Real Food Media. Real Food Films includes an annual contest for super-short films on food, farming and sustainability; an online video library for educators and advocates; and resources for Pop-Up Film Festivals around the world.

 

ABOUT REAL FOOD MEDIA

Real Food Media is a collaborative initiative, working with partners around the country to spark conversations about our food system, catalyze creative storytelling and connect communities for action. Real Food Media produces Real Food Films, a Food MythBusters series and other special partnerships, including the Voices of the Food Chain project with Food Chain Workers Alliance.

 

Website: www.realfoodfilms.org

Twitter: @realfoodfilms

Instagram: @realfoodmedia

Facebook: realfoodmediaproject

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REAL FOOD MEDIA PROJECT ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF FIRST-EVER FOOD AND FARMING FILM COMPETITION

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CONTACT:
Joanna Dillon, Real Food Media Contest
joanna@smallplanet.org
510-281-9023

Haven Bourque, HavenBMedia
haven@havenbmedia.com
415-505-3473

REAL FOOD MEDIA PROJECT ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF
FIRST-EVER FOOD AND FARMING FILM COMPETITION
Revival of Community, Pride in Farming and
Respect for Labor at the Heart of Sustainable Food Stories

SAN FRANCISCO — March 4, 2014 — A stunning range of food and farming stories from across North America took top honors in the first annual Real Food Media contest, which today announced its final five winners in the food movement’s newest, most vibrant competition for short films about sustainable food and farming. Cash prizes totaling $10,000 were awarded to the top five films, chosen from a treasure trove of over 150 submissions from 25 states and the District of Columbia and 4 countries around the world.

The winning films, though diverse in style, perspective, and place, share common themes: revival of pride in farming as a way of life, resilience of rural communities and cities growing food sustainably, and renewal of respect for the labor and natural resources at the heart of food production. The winning films are:

Grand prize: Homeward, by Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine of The Perennial Plate in Minneapolis, MN
After watching friends and family leaving their community in Mexico for the United States, entrepreneurial farmers in Hidalgo created a thriving cooperative, keeping their families together with organic oregano. As the grand prize winner, Homeward will be screened at the Food & Farm Film Fest in San Francisco in April 2014.

1st runner up and People’s Choice winner: Green Bronx Machine, by Brendan Van Meter of Suffern, NY
Green Bronx Machine feeds the minds, hearts and stomachs of students in the poorest congressional district in America. Stephen Ritz and his community plant school gardens and harvest organic citizens. *Green Bronx Machine was also selected as the ‘People’s Choice’ winner, earning nearly 2,000 online votes from the film’s supporters.

2nd runner up: A Greene Generation, by Tim Grant of Charlotte, NC
In rural western North Carolina the Greene family runs a small, organic, family farm. 14-year old Nathaniel Greene and his siblings are passionate about caring for their pigs, their land, and about producing good food.

3rd runner up, tied: Who Keeps the Beekeepers, by Timothy Powers of St. Petersburg, FL
We’ve heard about the bees, but what about the beekeepers? The voices of the last remaining beekeepers talk about the future of our food supply.

3rd runner up, tied: The Gift, by Jean-Marc Abela of Montréal, Québec
On a small speck of land off the island of Vancouver, Dan Jason farms seeds. In this poetically shot short film, Jason shares his vision of the bounty of nature.

The archive of over 150 short films may be one of the largest ever created in service of the good food movement. The contest, directed by national best-selling author and sustainability advocate Anna Lappé, is an initiative of the Real Food Media Project and an extension of the highly regarded Food MythBusters series, viewable at www.foodmyths.org.

A prominent panel of judges representing diverse perspectives on the food system made the selections. Judges included: Michael Pollan, Padma Lakshmi, Alice Waters, Byron Hurt, Eric Schlosser, Robert Kenner, Norman Lear Center’s Johanna Blakley, Sundance Institute’s Keri Putnam, The Jamie Oliver Foundation and organic farmer Emily Zweber.

“What impressed me about Green Bronx Machine is the huge impact this urban farming project is having on an entire inner-city community. Not only are kids learning about healthy plants and vegetables, but they are learning team work, hard work, and the dedication to see a project through,” said judge Emily Zweber of Zweber Farms in Elko, Minnesota.

Seen through the lens of these filmmakers, these stories illustrate the deep connections between all of us to our food, farmers, beekeepers, seeds and soil.

“The Gift reminds us that we have the power in our own hands to feed the world. It’s hope for mankind in a small package.” said judge Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef host, cookbook author, actress, and model.

The contest generated over 100,000 views of the top finalists’ films, with votes coming in from over 40 countries — planting the seeds for what may become an annual event that taps the storytelling artistry and passion so prevalent in the good food movement. The Real Food Media Project is a collaborative initiative to spread the story of food with this film contest, creative films, a web-based action center, and grassroots events. Visit www.realfoodmedia.org to learn more and to view the top 10 films and final five winners. Engage with us on Twitter via @FoodMythBusters and @AnnaLappe with hashtag #RealFoodContest and on Facebook at Real Food Media Project.

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Fixing Food in Four Minutes or Less

| Contest News, Press

by Anna Lappé
Cross-posted from Huffington Post, 2/18/2014

Last fall, when I launched the first-ever Real Food Media short films contest with project partners around the country, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I just knew that there were incredible stories of people farming, growing, cooking, and sharing food as well as fighting the good fight to fix our broken food system that people weren’t hearing. I wanted to create a platform to bring those stories front and center to be shared widely.

I invited some of my favorite people in the film industry, restaurant business, and advocacy world for sustainable food and farming to be advisors and judges for the contest. We reached out to food changemakers, filmmakers, and film and sustainability students from around the country to encourage them tell their stories through short films. And we were blown away with the results, with 156 films from all over the country and the world pouring in.

Honestly, I was hoping we’d get 25 submissions, and crossing my fingers for 50. But 156? Never would have guessed that we’d receive this much interest from such high-quality filmmakers. I was concerned that we might just get films about artisanal mayonnaise in hipster Brooklyn, but instead we received films that reflect the true diversity of the food movement and represent a range of topics, from topsoil to bees, urban agriculture to seeds, beginning farmers to backyard gardeners.

After a tough task of choosing the 10 finalists, we’re thrilled to announce the official selections of the first Real Food Media Contest. From the streets of the South Bronx to an oregano cooperative in Mexico, the films turn their lens to food, in all its beauty and complexity. From a doc-style short film about the threat of another Dust Bowl to a first-person narrative about a young farmworker in the Northwest, each film is unique and powerful. We hope you will enjoy them!

We’re counting on you to help us select the people’s choice, so head over to realfoodmedia.org/vote and let us know which film you like best. Or do what we’re doing and host a screening party, potluck or brownbag lunch to watch the top 10 with friends and colleagues and vote together on your favorites. Weigh in at facebook.com/realfoodmediaproject, or give your two cents on Twitter with the hashtag #realfoodcontest. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Short Films to Watch (and Vote on) Right Now

| Contest News, Press

By Anna Lappé
Cross-posted from Civil Eats | 12/12/2014

What do beekeepers, oregano farmers, and poetic seed savers have in common? They’re just some of the amazing people profiled in the first Real Food Media Contest’s top 10 films.

I launched the Contest last year along with a coalition of amazing food and farming organizations—from Real Food Challenge to Sustainable Table to the Food Chain Workers Alliance—to create a platform for creative new voices to share the untold stories of our food system: The good, the bad, and the exquisite.

With some fabulous advisers, we took on the arduous task of pairing down 156 films to 10 finalists. Now, we’re calling on you—the voting public—to weigh in on a “People’s Choice” Award at RealFoodMedia.org. Judges from the food and film industry–including Michael Pollan, Padma Lakshmi, and Alice Waters–will then cast their votes for the top three films by March 2nd and all the winners will be announced on March 4, 2014.

It’s no surprise to me that the national interest in our food system has spiked to unprecedented levels, but I would have never guessed we’d get such a great response to our first call for entries. The films range in topic from the crisis in commercial beekeeping to the success of an urban gardening program in the South Bronx, and they prove just how hungry young filmmakers and community advocates are for a deeper exploration of our food. The archive of over 150 short films may be one of the largest ever created in service of the Good Food Movement.

Here’s are three films to whet your appetite:

Hands in the Orchestra

Go behind the scenes in San Francisco restaurant kitchens in this rocking short about the hands that feed us.

The Berry Picker

A college student in Oregon spends her summers picking berries with her parents.

Reaping the Whirlwind

The Dust Bowl is not just a chapter in U.S. history books. This short doc talks about why we could face another Dust Bowl and what we can do about it.

Now head on over to RealFoodMedia.org to watch the rest of the films and cast your vote. While you’re there, you’ll also find materials to help you host screening parties and spread the word on social media.

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