Director's Statement

Since the 1990s, I have had the privilege of featuring resilient and thought provoking stories around the globe, following strong characters within the context of arts, music and culture, and of war, climate change, corporate globalization, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The Ghosts In Our Machine, my previous feature documentary released in 2013 on all continents, is widely considered an influential consciousness-raising film about one of the toughest subjects imaginable. It features photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur as she tackles the subject of sentient nonhuman animals used for food, fashion, research, and entertainment. Meat the Future takes off where I left off, focused on change-makers who are introducing groundbreaking ideas to the world.

In 2016, I secured access to leaders of the “clean” “cultured” meat movement in America.
I was in preliminary communication with Bruce Friedrich as he launched The Good Food Institute, and was on the ground with cameras just after Memphis Meats moved into its warehouse location in the San Francisco Bay area. I have been chronicling this story, charting the rapid progression of a potentially game-changing new industry that has enormous implications for the future and our planet.

Liz Marshall