How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Though our food appears the same—a tomato still looks like a tomato—it has been radically transformed.
How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Though our food appears the same—a tomato still looks like a tomato—it has been radically transformed. In Food, Inc., producer-director Robert Kenner and investigative authors Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) lift the veil on the food industry – an industry that has often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihoods of farmers, the safety of workers and our own environment. With the use of animation and compelling graphics, the filmmakers expose the highly mechanized, Orwellian underbelly that’s been deliberately hidden from the consumer. They reveal how a handful of corporations control our food supply. Though the companies try to maintain the myth that our food still comes from farms with red barns and white picket fences, our food is actually raised on massive “factory farms” and processed in mega industrial plants. The animals grow fatter faster and are designed to fit the machines that slaughter them. Tomatoes are bred to be shipped without bruising and to stay edible for months. The system is highly productive, and consumers are spending less on food than ever before. But at what cost?
Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner worked for over six years to bring Food, Inc. to the screen. Kenner’s previous films have played theatrically, on television, and to President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore at the White House. Prior to directing Food, Inc., Robert Kenner received the 2006 Peabody, the Emmy for exceptional merit in Non-Fiction Film-Making, and the Grierson (British Documentary) for his previous film Two Days in October. Two Days is characteristic of Kenner’s keen sense of authenticity and his passionate quest to present the truth. His brilliant interviews highlight a director who creates a compassionate atmosphere for his subjects to reveal their intimate stories. The Boston Globe review noted that “If you could watch only one program to grasp what the Vietnam War did to the U.S….Two Days…would be a great choice…. It is profound.” Robert’s other notable work includes his co-filmmaking endeavour on the Martin Scorsese The Blues series. This film,The Road to Memphis, included interviews with the legendary B.B.King. Newsweek called it, “as fine a film ever made about American music” and “the unadulterated gem of the Scorsese series.” His exceptional documentaries for The American Experience include War Letters, which reflected on the experiences of American soldiers and their loved ones from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War. War Letters weaves a seamless tapestry of archival footage, historical recreations and readings by Kevin Spacey, Joan Allen, Bill Paxton, Edward Norton and others. Other films include his numerous specials for National Geographic. Robby’s rich inspirational and emotional style drive Don’t Say Goodbye, which was screened at the White House for President Clinton and Vice President Gore. It was the winner of The Cable Ace, Genesis, and The Emmy award. Robert’s skills with real people brought him to the attention of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners where he directed four pieces for eBay. Robert’s commercial for Hallmark is another illustration of his ability to integrate the ease of his interviews and touching remembrances into a story. The “Fran” spot was named to Adweek’s list of “Best Spots of the Year”.