I believe documentary cinema is a portal through which transformative ideas come to life, and people edge closer together. Since the 1990s I have had the privilege of witnessing resilient thought provoking stories around the globe, and have featured strong protagonists within the context of art, 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.
To tell this story, I secured access to leaders of the “clean” “cultured” “cell-based” 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 Uma Valeti and his team at Memphis Meats moved into their warehouse location in the San Francisco Bay area.