Earlier during the TedX Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat, Anna Lappé, the founder of Food MythBuster, and recent published writer of the book "Diet for a Hot Planet", has announced the Grand Prize Winner of her latest project Real Food Media Contest. As Tom Colicchio says: "This provocative film delivers a big message....If this doesn't get through to people, I don't know what will."
The 2015 Grand Prize Winner, "At Needle Point", performed by Ivori Holson, is indeed a powerful piece about the crippling epidemic of diabesity. Directed by Jamie DeWolf from Alameda, California the short was produced in partnership with The Bigger Picture, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and the University of California San Francisco Center for Vulnerable Populations designed to combat the rising epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes by empowering youth to change the conversation.
2015 Grand Prize Winner + Best Student Film
At Needle Point.
2015 Finalist | Alameda, California
Directed by Jamie DeWolf, written and performed by Ivori Holson. Edited by Kevin Holmes. Produced by the Bigger Picture Project.
Amongst the other winners, these other shorts struck a chord with me.
"Soft Slaughter" - We most often forget about the connection between what we eat and the life of the animal we are sacrificing during our daily meals. Will this short make me want to stop eating meat? Probably not, although it will surely remind me that one life has been sacrificed to feed mine.
2015 1st Runner Up
2015 Finalist | Braintree, Vermont
Allison Milligan - Director, Editor, Producer
Diana Rodgers - Location Production Assistant
Dexter Britain - Music
Please note: Film contains explicit images of animal slaughter.
"Verrückt: The Snail Farmer of Vienna" - I found inspiring that Kevin left his secure office job to grow snails, a bold action that led most friends of his to think of him as being a bit crazy (in fact, Verrückt). As a Live in the Grey ambassador, I know that we most often make life choices based on our instincts, and what what make us happy. Even when not successful, I always applaude going for what make us happy the most. However, as you can see, Kevin has been successful in his own new venture!
2015 Best Food Producer Profile
Verrückt: The Snail Farmer of Vienna
2015 Finalist | Vienna, Austria
Kevin Longa - Director, Producer & Writer
Steven Matthew Sterrett - Writing and Story Development