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Green Screen is a monthly column that summarizes and reviews the best in eco documentaries from around the world.
When was the last time you really thought about where your food came from? If it was this morning at breakfast, we applaud you. But if you can’t remember, don’t worry—you’re not the only one.
The culture of convenience we’ve gotten used means we have moved away from a tradition of growing our own food, instead becoming more and more distanced from those who produce it. The feature documentary, Ingredients, addresses this shift and hopes to inspire viewers to reconnect with what they’re eating.
The film’s crew, based in Portland, Oregon, agreed that the story of slow food was one that needed telling. And, for producer and cinematographer Brian Kimmel, putting food on screen was nothing new. Brian and director Robert Bates had been working together for 15 years before they started filming Ingredients.
“Our first job together was the film opening segment for a cooking show,” Brian recalled. “So, it’s always been food for he and I. We’ve kind of fallen into that realm and stayed there because it’s a good topic.”