'Hoop Dreams' & 'Interrupters' Director Next Tackles 'Generation Food'
Aside from delivering the praised documentary Hoop Dreams, director Steve James has been busy making the rounds at festivals with his documentary The Interrupters, which follows three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. But since that film is already in the can, James is already getting to work on his next documentary feature in the form of Generation Food. Doc Channel Blog reports the project will focus on the global food system in the 21st century and directly ties into food sovereignty activist Raj Patel's upcoming book of the same. More below!
The film is still in development, and actually looking for dditional support for preliminary research and travel costs which you can see listed on the project’s page at the Kartemquin Films site, James' production banner, if you want to help out. Here's the film's official synopsis:
We want to fix the world’s food system. We’ll explore how to do that with unexpected stories from unlikely people discovering unbounded ways to feed the planet. Raj Patel’s forthcoming book, GENERATION FOOD, takes a global look at how different generations are caring for one another over a shared table, making sure that there’s enough good food for everyone. Like the book, the documentary project will chronicle the complex and contradictory journey to find sustainable solutions to feed the world. Bringing together Steve James’ unmatched storytelling skills and Raj Patel’s knowledge of the food system, we’ll produce a documentary about solutions to fix the worlds’ problems that informs, surprises, entertains and inspires. By the end of the film, the audience will wonder not ‘what can I do?’, but ‘when can we start?’
In a world plagued by obesity, it's sad to think that famine elsewhere is still an issue. And while this issue of the global food system has been tackled countless times on the news and more, James is an Oscar nomianted documentarian, and I'm confident he'll paint this issue in a new light that will really open some people's eyes. Once some early footage is shot, the crew hopes to release a teaser in order to strap down some more financing. We're quite interested in amazing documentaries (watch the trailer for our Sundance fave The Imposter) so we'll keep a close eye on this project as best we can. Interested?