Documentarians Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson have created a new documentary on hunger in the United States called “A Place at the Table.” They speak about what they learned while making the film and connect America’s hunger and obesity issues.
My family and I just viewed A Place at the Table, and it is one of the most exceptional documentaries we have seen in recent times. The film should be celebrated not only for its striking portrayal of hunger in the United States, but also for its innovative use of networked and social media.
A Place at the Table was simultaneously released in theaters, iTunes and On Demand. It was in the last format that we were able to view it. The producers’ innovative approach does not end here. At the end of the film viewers are invited to text “food” to 77177. We did and we quickly received a couple of text messages. The first explained that more messages with updates on the project would be sent unless one texts “stop.” The second message asked to take action by learning more about hunger in one’s locality. This can be done by entering a zip code, which is then followed by a text that provides the number of people affected by hunger in one’s state. We live in Pennsylvania, so we received a message stating that 1,850,140 individuals don’t always have enough to eat in the state. In the same message a link is available to the website http://actioncenter.takepart.com, which we visited and learned more about the project.
How is it that 50 million people in the United States – one of the richest countries on the planet – do not know where their next meal is coming from? This situation, known as “food insecurity,” is absolutely outrageous.
And while legions of terrific nonprofit organizations and faith-based groups deliver much-needed food assistance daily, and advocacy organizations work with policy-makers to change the system, we wondered: What do everyday Americans think about food insecurity? How widely is it understood, and what are their thoughts about solving it?
America has an eating disorder: 50 million people don’t always have enough food. On March 1, it’s time for America to go to rehab. “A Place at the Table” in select theaters, iTunes & OnDemand everywhere. http://bit.ly/14XoUSh
How can we solve hunger in America? Tom Colicchio and the directors of “A Place at the Table” give their thoughts on today’s BFD.
CNN’s Erin Burnett Outfront will air an interview with Lori Silverbush and Tom Colicchio tonight at 7:50 and 11:50.
Insider will air an interview with Tom Colicchio on behalf of A Place at the Table tonight at 7:30pm PST on KCBS-2 in Los Angeles.
NEW YORK (AP) — The backers of a documentary on hunger in the United States are teaming up with an organic food producer and a book publisher to make a food donation to needy children.
Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media are releasing “A Place at the Table” on March 1 in theaters and on iTunes and On Demand.