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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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an eye-opening documentary 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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
an eye-opening documentary, 15 September 2013
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson's documentary "A Place at the Table" is a film that every politician - indeed, every citizen - in America should be forced to sit through at least once (or as many times as it takes to get the message to effectively sink in). It makes a very persuasive case that, contrary to what most people think, hunger is a major problem in the United States, a nation that prides itself on being the wealthiest in the history of the world. Not only does the movie provide the startling statistics necessary to back that assertion up, but explains why this is the case.

Silverbush and Jacobson build their case in a meticulous, logical fashion, beginning with the common, counterintuitive fallacy that hungry people necessarily equal thin people. The movie explains how obesity and hunger often go hand in hand, thanks to the fact that, since junk food is cheaper than healthy food to purchase, the poor often fill up on empty calories rather than the nutritious ones that would actually make them healthy. This is a result of a misguided federal policy that provides subsidies for agribusinesses (as opposed to mom-and-pop farmers), who turn their grain and corn into inexpensive processed foods. Since farmers who grow fruits and vegetables work more independently of one another, they don't have the clout necessary to receive similar government support. This leads to a vicious cycle that winds up hurting poor people in both urban and rural areas where "food deserts" arise in which residents can barely find a fresh fruit or vegetable to purchase.

The movie rightly celebrates the many charities that pick up some of the slack, but it makes the case that that is simply not enough, that an entire paradigm shift may be necessary if we ever hope to solve the problem.

Ultimately, what we discover is that hunger is merely a symptom of a much greater set of problems - which are poverty, income inequality and a political system rigged to benefit the wealthy and powerful at the expense of the indigent and disconnected. Above all, the key lies in both the public and private sectors providing a living wage for their workers.

Finally, beyond all the statistics, beyond all the comments by experts and authorities on the subject, it is the voices of the parents, who can't afford to put nutritious food on the table for their children, and of the children themselves, who often go to bed hungry or malnourished, who wind up making the greatest mark on our hearts. It is their testimonials more than anything else that will hopefully move the rest of us to action.

A must-see film.

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