Saturday, October 24, 2015, marked Food Day in our nation. It was a day for Americans to examine their diets and work towards changing their eating habits with the focus in 2015 being on greener diets for the good of the body and the sustainability of the environment. On the heels of this holiday comes a new documentary ‘Food For Thought, Food For Life’ which targets the importance of what we eat and the actions that need to be taken in regards to food issues facing us today. In 2014, Food Day reached hundreds of thousands of Americans through 8,000+ events across all 50 states. The hashtag #FoodDay2014 was used in 10,800 tweets with the potential to be seen 50.6 million times. Hundreds of national and regional media outlets from coast to coast covered Food Day 2014.
The genius behind this new informative film and the creative conservationist highlighting the issues deserving some thought and attention, is award-winning director, Susan Rockefeller. It is a powerful 20-minute film targeting all Americans, forcing them to come to the table and address how they think about, produce and choose what they eat, not only for the present but for permanence as individuals, resulting in better communities and the earth in total. Within the film are the wise words of environmentalist, Wendell Berry, along with much earth-inspired artwork and uplifting music. Learn about the forward-thinking practice of Chef Dan Barber, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture and a guerrilla gardener, Ron Finley, and see how he transforms urban neighborhoods.
“We are thrilled to partner with Susan Rockefeller on the online release of this remarkable film,” said Food Day campaign manager Lilia Smelkova. “By providing our partners at over 8,000 events nationwide with access to the film we can ensure Food Day will impact in even greater ways in 2015. This film is inspiring and will serve to energize those who will be participating in Food Day events across the country.”
“It’s an honor to partner with Food Day and to play a role in helping reach millions about the food issues that affect each one of us,” said Susan Rockefeller.
The film is both poetic and practical; its powerful examination of the connections between our planet and our well-being is accompanied by specific strategies that protect both. With an eye towards a sustainable and abundant future, it offers inspiration for communities that are ready to make a difference. “I sought out to develop a film that educates people about the negative impact our current methods of agriculture have on the earth,” said Rockefeller, a creative conservationist and social entrepreneur. “In addition to providing vital information, the film gives viewers the necessary tools to make a difference in their own lives. It explores the connection between the planet and our health and suggests that strengthening that connection will only benefit our future.”
“In everything I do – from my previous documentary Mission of Mermaids to my jewelry collections – my goal is to start a conversation about the things I’m most passionate about and empower people to take small actions that produce big changes,” Rockefeller continued. “Conversation leads to collaboration, and together we can find local and global solutions that help the planet and ourselves. Food Day is the perfect partner in our work to bring attention to these vitally important issues.”
‘Food For Thought, Food For Life’ is well worth seeing. A testament to how well done it is, the film has been awarded as an official selection at the Short Film Corner at Cannes 2015 and at the 2015 Sarasota Film Festival along with other top festivals, bringing to life the plights that affect our food, diets, health and our environment. Learn how you can change your diet and your eating habits for a more healthy and productive life.