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A Place at the Table -- A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.
A Place at the Table -- The next chapter on America’s food crisis from the people that brought you FOOD, INC: 1 in 4 kids don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Hunger is a growing epidemic in the US, and we can fix it. Jeff Bridges, Tom Colicchio star.
A Place at the Table -- A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.
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1 March 2013 (USA) See more »
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One nation. Underfed.
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Opens Your Eyes to the Harsh Realities of a Food Insecure Nation See more (17 total) »

Cast

 
Adam Appelhanz ... Himself
David Beckmann ... Himself
Joel Berg ... Himself
William Booker ... Himself

Jeff Bridges ... Himself
J. Larry Brown ... Himself
Odessa Cherry ... Herself
Mariana Chilton ... Herself

Tom Colicchio ... Himself
Ken Cook ... Himself
Ann Cooper ... Herself
Ree Harris ... Herself
Barbie Izquierdo ... Herself
Joel Long ... Himself
James McGovern ... Himself
Marion Nestle ... Herself
Leslie Nichols ... Herself
Raj Patel ... Himself
Janet Poppendieck ... Herself
Alfio Rausa ... Himself
Bill Shore ... Himself
Jonathan Stein ... Himself
Tom Vilsack ... Himself
Bob Wilson ... Himself

Directed by
Kristi Jacobson 
Lori Silverbush 
 
Produced by
Christine Bachas .... field producer
Tom Colicchio .... executive producer
Julie Goldman .... producer
Ryan Harrington .... producer
Kristi Jacobson .... producer
Lesli Klainberg .... line producer
Julie Kohn .... associate producer
Jeffrey Lurie .... executive producer
Andrea Scott .... associate producer
Lori Silverbush .... producer
Jeff Skoll .... executive producer
Christina Weiss Lurie .... executive producer
Diane Weyermann .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
T Bone Burnett  (as T-Bone Burnett)
The Civil Wars (original music by)
 
Cinematography by
Daniel B. Gold 
Kirsten Johnson 
 
Film Editing by
Madeleine Gavin 
Andrea Scott 
Jean Tsien 
 
Production Management
Samantha Housman .... post-production manager
Louise Runge .... post-production manager
 
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Margaret Crimmins .... sound designer
Margaret Crimmins .... sound editor
Dan Gleich .... additional sound
Greg hayes .... mix technician
Kristi Jacobson .... additional sound
Judy Karp .... sound recording
Mark Maloof .... additional sound
Peter Miller .... additional sound
Caleb Mose .... additional sound
Caleb Mose .... sound mixer
Paul Rusnak .... additional sound
Andrea B. Scott .... additional sound
Greg Smith .... sound designer
Mark Wilson .... additional sound
John Zecca .... additional sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven Bognar .... additional camera
John Chater .... additional camera
John Cooper .... additional camera
Robert Elfstrom .... additional camera (as Bob Elfstrom)
Sean Healey .... additional camera
Nelson Hume .... additional cinematography
Kristi Jacobson .... additional cinematography
Ethan Johnson .... camera assistant
Colin J. Morris .... additional camera
Pete Mychalcewycz .... electrician
Pete Mychalcewycz .... grip
Jeff Reichert .... additional camera
Julia Reichert .... additional camera
 
Animation Department
Eve Weinberg .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Erinn Clancy .... assistant editor
Will Cox .... colorist
Ben Garchar .... assistant editor
Cheriyan Philip John .... assistant editor
Drew Kilgore .... on-line editor
Daniel James Scott .... assistant editor
Caitlin Tartaro .... digital intermediate producer
 
Music Department
Jay Bellerose .... musician: drums
Fernand Bos .... music editor
T Bone Burnett .... musician: guitars, bass and manditar (as T-Bone Burnett)
Jeremy Carberry .... keys tech
Keefus Ciancia .... composer: additional music (as Keefus Green)
Keefus Ciancia .... musician: keyboards
Zachary Dawes .... musician: electric bass
Larry Jenkins .... music consultant
Jim Keltner .... musician: drums
William Lane .... second music engineer (as Bill Lane)
Curtis Laur .... guitar: and equipment tech
Greg Leisz .... musician: mandolin, banjo and mandola
Colin Linden .... musician: guitar
Vanessa Parr .... additional engineering
Mike Piersante .... additional engineering
Ivy Skoff .... music production coordinator
Chris Smith .... composer: additional music
Chris Smith .... musician: steel guitars and ambiance
Glenn Suravech .... second music engineer
Sara Watkins .... musician: fiddle
John Paul White .... musician: acoustic and electric guitars
Joy Williams .... musician: piano
Jason Wormer .... recording and mixed by
 
Other crew
James Berk .... crew: Participant Media (as Jim Berk)
Steve Berman .... completion guarantor (as Steven Berman)
Lee Bey .... provider: archival footage and photographs
Josh Braun .... distribution advisor
Sandra Ciccone .... development associate
Maayan Cook .... assistant: to Lori Silverbush
Sean Flanigan .... intern
Kristen Irving .... director of social action and advocacy: participant media
Jeff Ivers .... crew: Participant Media
Michelle Jacoby .... production accountant
Kathy Jones .... crew: Participant Media
Julie Kohn .... archival researcher
Julie Kohn .... researcher
Debra Kozee .... production insurance
John Miller-Monzon .... archival researcher
Xan Parker .... production consultant
Arjuna Perry .... travel
Ann Rose .... archival researcher
Steven C. Schechter .... legal services
Courtney Sexton .... crew: Participant Media
Wilson Sherwin .... researcher
Buffy Shutt .... crew: Participant Media
Ricky Strauss .... crew: Participant Media
Bonnie Stylides .... crew: Participant Media
Nina Vizcarrondo .... development associate
Nina Vizcarrondo .... researcher
Kimberly Williams .... completion guarantor
Maddy Yasner .... intern
 
Thanks
Adlai Amor .... the filmmakers would like to thank
Joel Berg .... the filmmakers would like to thank
Jean Carper .... very special thanks
Mariana Chilton .... the filmmakers would like to thank
Ken Cook .... the filmmakers would like to thank
Kathy Goldman .... the filmmakers would like to thank
Sophie Milam .... the filmmakers would like to thank
Donald Stone .... very special thanks
Ellen Teller .... the filmmakers would like to thank
 

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Opens Your Eyes to the Harsh Realities of a Food Insecure Nation, 3 July 2013
Author: rannynm from United States

"A Place at the Table" completely transformed my paradigm of America. When I hear the words "hunger" and "starvation," images of ravenous, malnourished, dying children in Africa instantly pop into my head. However, this poignant, simple, and impacting documentary showed me that "hunger" could be sitting right next to me in school. This 84-minute documentary details with moving austerity how and why even in America, the world's richest nation, children are going hungry.

Featuring Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, the founder of the End Hunger Network, "A Place at the Table" follows people, all from different towns and cultural backgrounds, who are food insecure. In other words, they have no idea when and how their next meal is going to come in. 50 million people in America are food insecure. This not only stunts physical development but mental development as well. Take Rosie, a fifth-grader growing up in rural Colorado. She tries to focus in school, but hunger pains cause her to zone out or to imagine her friends and teachers as fruits. Her dream is that one day, her kids can do what they want to do and what they need to do without going hungry.

Another instance is Barbie, a single working mother with two kids. Her toddler son mumbles and has an attention-deficit symptom. This is because of the lack of food for Barbie and her family when he was born. The lasting effects of hunger in a child's first years impact a child much more deeply in the brain than the body. It's an emotional moment to see Barbie break down into tears in front of her kids, exhausted of the intense struggle to make ends meet.

The documentary grippingly touches on so many different issues. It clears up myths and breaks stereotypes. A false paradigm that America blindly looks through is that hunger doesn't exist because children struggle with obesity. However, obesity, hunger, and being food insecure go hand-in-hand. Because of a low income, families on a very limited budget shop for the cheapest foods in store – chips, cookies, and ice cream. Produce is simply too expensive.

Hunger exists not because there is not enough food. Hunger exists because it isn't a big enough issue on the political agenda. The documentary is packed with real statistics and visuals that are not just standard, cold numbers, but the toll of hunger is shown in the glimpses of families scrambling to break the cycle of poverty. This film calls out to audiences to end hunger in America by alerting politicians and the government. "It's just appalling," says actor Jeff Bridges. "You know if another country was doing this to our kids we would be at war. It's just insane and it doesn't have to be that way."

"A Place at the Table" will truly open your eyes to the harsh realities of a food insecure nation. I am determined to push forward in this fight of ending hunger, and I believe our nation can rise out of the pit we've buried ourselves in. America's youth has a passion and an unbendable will to fight for what's right, and if pointed in the right direction, I believe that the American Dream of prosperity can come true. The only thing standing between now and the extinction of hunger is the hurdle of ignorance, clouding youths' and the government's minds. Share this documentary with friends and family – I recommend this for all ages. If we act with urgency and boldness, perhaps one day, everyone will have a place at the table.

Reviewed by Cassandra Hsiao, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14. For more reviews, go to kidsfirst.org.

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