Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dos y Dos

Colicchio and Batali to produce 'Hungry in America' documentary

By Krista Simmons, Los Angeles Times

Filmmakers Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson are currently in production on the film "Hungry in America," exploring why so many people in our country go without food, and what can be done about it. The film is co-produced by Silverbush's husband, "Top Chef" judge Tom Colicchio, along with another well-known culinary superstar, Mario Batali.

"In a country as wealthy as ours, it's amazing that so many people are going without. Forty-nine million people experience hunger in this nation, 17 million of which are children," Silverbush asserts. "The effect on the productivity of our society is extremely negative. And it's largely due to mismanagement of resources rather than scarcity."

Read more about the documentary (and guess where the film's kickoff event will be):

The team is currently about 20% through filming of the full-length documentary. Silverbush said it will explore the food stamp program, school lunches and other critical issues regarding the state of our country's food system.

"This film is the centerpiece in a multimedia campaign against hunger," she says. "People need to know that this problem can truly be solved if it's dealt with correctly."

Silverbush hopes the film will create awareness and will eventually be used as a tool for lobbying Congress. They've partnered with the FEED Foundation and will be hosting a kickoff event at Craft Los Angeles for the Hungry in America Project in late February. Though there's no set film release date, she anticipates it will debut in early 2011.

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