Food Patriots is the “Food Movie for Everyone”
Posted on October 29, 2014 by Dawn Dewald
Food Patriots was reviewed by DietsInReview.com as the “Food Movie for Everyone.”
Food Patriots is the food movie for people who aren’t in to food movies. It takes a simple, non-preachy approach to the topic at hand; which is ultimately eating better, healthier food.
The documentary centers on Jeff and Jennifer Spitz and their two sons, Sam and A.J. A few years ago, Sam got sick after eating contaminated chicken. What should have been an easily-treated case of food poisoning was actually an antibiotic resistant bacterial infection that caused the football player to lose an alarming 30 pounds in 4 weeks.
After the health scare with their son, Jennifer knew the family had to make a change. Food Patriots follows the family as they make small, meaningful changes to their eating and shopping habits, finding plenty of other Food Patriots along the way.
There’s LaManda Joy who founded a community garden project in downtown Chicago reminiscent of the Victory Gardens of World War II. Then there are the athletes at the University of Wisconsin who are learning how to grocery shop, eat well, and cook for themselves now that they are away from home; and plenty more Food Patriots in between.
Jennifer describes Food Patriots as “people who change the way they eat, buy and teach the next generation about food.” For the Spitz’, that meant starting their own backyard garden and building a chicken coop. They also changed to buying more local, organic and fresh produce.
The idea of making small changes to make a big difference permeates throughout the film. It’s the concept of making a 10 percent change, something manageable for everyone, that drives the Food Patriots. That 10 percent can mean something different for everyone. It may be buying 10 percent more local, fresh, organic produce or 10 percent more antibiotic-free meat.
Food Patriots puts a lot of emphasis on “voting with your purchases.” The Spitzes and many of the people they encounter over the course of the documentary believe that what they buy in the grocery store is their way of telling the food companies what kind of products they want. If fewer people buy processed food, over time, less of it will be available.
All the talk about small changes individuals can make is impressively empowering. The people the Spitz family encounter aren’t bigwigs, they’re everyday people who had an idea and ended up making a big difference. Making change 10 percent at a time is good enough, and more importantly, is something everyone can do. For more information, or to join the movement, visit foodpatriots.com.
Read the full movie review online at http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/10/food-patriots-is-the-food-movie-for-everyone-improving-health-10-percent-at-a-time/#vh12uPQF6uvTIvIy.99
WBEZ: Students Take a Closer Look at Their Food
Posted on June 16, 2014 by Sarah Flagg
Amundsen High School students are changing the way they eat, buy and talk about food after watching Food Patriots. The CPS high school put on a fair that showed off what they learned along with their new community garden.
Becky Vevea, from WBEZ, came to the event and produced this story:
Watch our webisode from the fair.
Columbia College Chicago: Truth to Power – Documentary Filmmaking as Catalyst for Change
Posted on May 16, 2014 by Food Patriots
Cara Lee Birch from Columbia College Chicago reports on Food Patriots among other projects from Groundswell Educational Films:
There’s a spirit to the Spitz family style of documentary filmmaking that’s distinctively grounded in the Chicago tradition of storytelling. Like the eminent voices of the past now woven into the city’s fabric —Sinclair, Algren, Wright, Brooks and Terkel, among others—they take an intimate, informed and impassioned approach to social justice issues.
The Spitzes not only reveal a food revolution as the film unfolds, but in true Chicago social activist form, Jennifer partnered with Change.org to collect more than 174,000 signatures to remove the risk of superbugs from the school lunch program. It was the first time Change.org partnered with a mom/filmmaker to lobby for a policy change.
Read more here