When Natalie Portman got her hands on Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Eating Animals”—a New York Times best-seller examining our diets, and the consequences of the choices we make—she rapidly converted from a vegetarian to a vegan, and called on documentarian Christopher Quinn to bring the book to the screen.
While the pedigree of those involved was substantial, Quinn approached the pitch with care. “To be honest, the initial response was, ‘Do we need another food documentary? What is that going to mean?’”
Turning to Foer’s book, the director decided to take on the project precisely because it offered something vital and new, as he explained at a recent Awardsline screening of the film. “I felt like I was a highly educated consumer of food,” he said, “and everything got turned upside down when I read the book.”
Examining a dying system of sustainable farming taken on by a plucky 1%, who stand in defiance of “massive, vertically integrated systems” now controlling where we get our meat, dairy and eggs, Quinn felt empathy for his subjects, those “who carried on what is now the mythos of America—a small patch quilt of farms that raise our food,” and have been treated horribly by the powers that be.
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