On March 1, 2013, Jeff Bridges gives us an inside look into the human condition. With 49 million people in the United States going to bed hungry at night, Bridges digs in to find an answer in “Place at the Table.”
The one hour 24 minute documentary, “Place at the Table” opens the eyes of Americans to the hunger problem that exists in the United States. One in four children do not know where the next meal will come from, if it comes. “Place at the Table” digs deep within the heartland of this country to find out why.
“Place at the Table” directors consider three people who are struggling with the issue of feeding themselves and their family. Barbie is a single mom living in Philadelphia. She grew up in poverty but is trying to create a better life for her children.
Rosie is a fifth grade girl who depends on friends and neighbors to feed her. She is having difficulties concentrating on her classroom studies. Tremonica is a second grade student living in Mississippi. She suffers from asthma and health issues that are exacerbated by the empty calories she eats. She is not getting the nutritional values her body needs to fight the illnesses. Her mother works hard to bring food to the table, although affordable foods are the cheaper, less nutritional products.
“Place at the Table” gains insight from experts on how we may solve this issue. A panel of experts such as author Raj Patel, nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle and sociologist Jane Poppendieck come together to discuss the topic.
Jeff Bridges is best known for “The Big Lebowski,” “Tron,” and “Iron Man.” Bridges is currently working on “The Seventh Son” and “R.I.P.D.” which are both due in theaters in 2013. He will be heading up the discussion of hunger in the documentary, “Place at the Table.”
As a recipient of five James Beard Foundation medals for his cooking advances, Tom Colicchio is the author of “Think Like a Chef: The Craft of Cooking.” Tom is also the co-owner, founder and former executive chef of Gramercy Tavern in New York. The Gramercy was voted the most popular restaurant in the city for 2003 and 2005. He will be joining the crew to discuss the hunger problem in America.
Barbie, Rosie and Tremonica are people with hunger problems. These are not actors but are folks living in the United States who is struggling with hunger on a daily basis. We will view their lives and hear their thoughts on the hunger issue.
Behind the Scenes:
Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush are directing the film, “Place at the Table.” Jacobson and Silverbush take us into American streets where we meet citizens who face hunger.
I do believe everyone in America should watch this movie, at least once. It’s not a pretty picture and it isn’t a feel good movie. It’s a subject that is embarrassing to talk about, especially for those who have to deal with the hunger.
With so much land in this country, there is no reason why we aren’t able to feed our families good, wholesome, nutritious foods each day, for every meal.
The examples in this documentary will shock some people. Often, we don’t think of having a hunger issue in the U.S. unless people are homeless. This isn’t the case. A police officer, making a decent wage, has found what used to be a month’s worth of food is now whittled away to two weeks worth due to costs. The food costs climb, making it harder to feed our families.
Release date: “Place at the Table” will be released into theaters, on iTunes and On Demand on March 1. Made by the same people who brought us “Food, Inc.”