Three Cheers For Our 2014 Judges

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Big thanks are in order for the incredible panel of judges who helped us launch the first year of the Real Food Media Contest. We truly appreciate the insight and vision you brought to the table. Glad to be grounded by such an inspiring group of storytellers and changemakers.

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Mom and organic farmer are the most important of Emily’s many titles and hats she wears on a daily basis. Emily and her husband co-own and operate a fourth generation organic dairy farm with her in-laws. The Zwebers are Organic Valley farmer owners. The Zweber Farm is nestled in the rolling hills of South East Minnesota where it is home to the family farm, lush pastures, and ample natural wildlife. The Zwebers have three children ages 6, 4, and 2 that keep Emily quite busy. In addition to the farm, Emily serves as the executive director of the AgChat Foundation, an organization that empowers farmers and ranchers to use social media. You can find Emily’s blog at



PhD, Norman Lear Center, University of Southern California

Johanna Blakley, PhD, is the managing director and director of research at the Norman Lear Center, a media think tank at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Johanna has two talks on as well as a TEDx talk about measuring the impact of the documentary film Food, Inc. In partnership with the Gates Foundation and the Knight Foundation, she has just launched the Media Impact Project, a major effort to improve methods for evaluating the social impact of media.



Academy Award-nominated director, Food Inc.

Director Robert Kenner has won an array of awards and garnered rave reviews for his documentary work exposing some of today’s least talked of, but most impactful, social and environmental issues. His documentary, Food Inc., was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Emmy for Best Documentary. After Food Inc., Kenner launched FixFood, a social media action project. He is currently at work on a new documentary for Participant Media that examines a playbook of tactics used to sow doubt about public safety issues.



Director and producer, Soul Food Junkies

Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, and anti-sexist activist. Hurt is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated series, Reel Works with Byron Hurt. His documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS’ Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens. Byron’s latest film, Soul Food Junkies, won the CNN Best Documentary Award at the American Black Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City. Soul Food Junkies aired nationally on PBS’s Emmy-Award winning series Independent Lens in January and April 2013.



Cookbook author, actress, model and television host

Padma Parvati Lakshmi’s debut cookbook Easy Exotic won her the “Best First Book” award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She has been the host of the U.S. reality television program Top Chef since 2006, for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. In 2010, Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.



Chez Panisse and The Edible Schoolyard Project

Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant, has championed local, sustainable farms for over four decades. She is also the founder of The Edible Schoolyard at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, a model public education program that integrates edible education into the core curriculum, and brings children into a new relationship to food with hands-on planting, harvesting, and cooking. The mission of her non-profit organization, The Edible Schoolyard Project, is to gather and share the lessons and best practices of school gardens, kitchens, and edible education programs worldwide. Waters is also the author of ten books including 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering, The Art of Simple Food: Notes and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution and The Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea.



Executive director of the Sundance Institute

Keri Putnam is the Executive Director of the non-profit Sundance Institute, overseeing the Institute’s annual Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Feature Film, Documentary, Film Music, Theatre and Native & Indigenous Programs. Before joining Sundance, Putnam served as President of Production, Miramax Films and Executive Vice President, HBO Films.



Journalist and author, Omnivore’s Dilemma

Michael Pollan is the author of five books: Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Second Nature, A Place of My Own, The Botany of Desire, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and In Defense of Food. A contributing writer to The New York Times Magazinesince 1987, Pollan is also the James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. His writing on food and agriculture has won numerous awards, including the Reuters/World Conservation Union Global Award in Environmental Journalism, the James Beard Award, and the Genesis Award from the American Humane Association.



Journalist and author, Fast Food Nation

Eric Schlosser is an award-winning journalist and a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly. His work has also appeared in Rolling StoneVanity FairThe Nation, and The New Yorker, among others. He is the author of Fast Food Nation, Reefer Madness, and Command and Control.



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