Director's Statement

Documentaries are powerful platforms to unveil new ideas and motivate social change. After spending years making consciousness-raising films filmed around the globe, and after the successful release of The Ghosts in Our Machine, I was looking to follow a viable, solution-focused story, and in 2015 came across the emergence of “cellular agriculture.” If growing real meat from animal cells without the need to raise and slaughter animals was indeed underway, I hoped to find a personal entry-point. After meeting Dr. Uma Valeti, the visionary co-founder and CEO of Memphis Meats, I felt certain there was a film. Securing unique access to Uma and his team, and to Bruce Friedrich and his think tank organization The Good Food Institute, provides an exclusive vantage point to chronicle the birth of an industry over three and a half years. Its revolutionary promise and journey into the world is a story that stands the test of time.

Liz Marshall