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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.
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1 March 2013 (USA) See more »
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One nation. Underfed.
Plot:
A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem. | Add synopsis »
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One nation. Underfed. Indescribable. With poverty and malnourishment for all. See more (16 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
Jeffrey D. Ivers .... crew: Participant Media (as Jeff Ivers)
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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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief mild language
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
One nation. Underfed. Indescribable. With poverty and malnourishment for all., 3 March 2013
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

In 2008, the world was greeted with, what has been called, one of the most startling and frightening documentaries ever made. It was Robert Kenner's Food, Inc., an acclaimed, highly-regarded, Academy Award nominated account of the horribly corrupt, unsanitary practices of the American food industry. It was a film that told a lot of facts, but used much of its material as an effort to scare the American public, while presenting it as a problem with no conceivable solution. Also, its own talking point, about how America should overhaul its heavily-preserved, pesticide-ridden food in favor of a greener, more organic lifestyle, was one it didn't really back up. As a documentary as a whole, it did its job (to inform me as a viewer), and I was happy to have seen it. I just wished I had seen it when it was followed by a filmmaker Q&A where I could've asked those involved how did they expect the American people who were on welfare, minimum wage, and food stamps to convert to a life predominately consisting of organic food products?

And now, we have A Place at the Table, a documentary focusing on that same group of people, which has been depressingly expanding for years on end. We open with exterior shots of various big cities in the United States, before closing in on a smaller one, Collbran, Colorado a western, rural land comprised of humble, desperate folk who are struggling to make ends meet. We see a church organization member recall how when he started serving hot meals to the public, where anyone can come and eat for free, on Wednesday night, an unprecedented eighty to one-hundred and twenty people showed up. It was a large indication that many people in Collbran were not just desperate for frivolous things, but for something they can't live without.

We then expand to other various cities, such as Jonestown, Mississippi, one of the many American towns that suffers from food insecurity. That is when the public, or its townspeople, do not know where they next meal will come from. Think long and hard about where yours will. Mine will likely be a home-cooked meal, with meat, one or two sides, a salad, and a drink. Many Americans, even children, will be lucky to get one of those things.

Another term defined in the documentary is locations ominously called "food deserts," which are areas where places that carry healthy food packing nutrition, vitamins, and necessary fulfillment don't exist for miles on end, leaving the only resources to be from local stop-and-shops that stock up on food filled with unhealthy fats and empty calories. I was raised where a salad accompanied almost every meal, seemingly by law, not by choice. Seeing young children who have likely never eaten a radish, a cucumber, lettuce, or an onion in their lives is a stunningly upsetting.

Statistics are batted off quite frequently, saying that one in two children will grow up on food stamps in the United States, 30% of people suffer from food insecurity, and currently, over fifty million people in the United States are underfed and undernourished. One of the earliest statistics seems contradictory, but will come as no surprise after a few seconds; Mississippi is the most obese state in the country and it's also the most unfed. Vegetables, again, are difficult to access in many areas, so food that stocks gas station shelves like chips, Cheetos, cupcakes, and hot dogs and sausage that spend nearly half its time on a warming tray are usually what's for dinner. It's, too, widely known that people receiving government aid and food stamps can not afford to spend much of their cash on "luxury items" such as vegetables, because it needs to get them through the month. The government has long subsidized corn, soybean, and wheat products, and has neglected to back vegetables and nourishing products with the same political commodities, we're told. "For years, we've been subsidizing the wrong foods," says Marion Nestle, a food professor.

Just a few days ago, I was talking with a friend and spoke the thought that if we lived in a perfect world, wouldn't basic necessities such as food and clothing, in their simple sense, of course, be free to the public? Wouldn't thinks like milk, bread, and corn be available on a no-cost basis to the consumer. The key words were "in a perfect world." in the world we currently inhabit, prices are sky-rocketing for the stuff we should eat and plummeting on the stuff we shouldn't. You, dear reader, reading this review, send me a picture of a sign that boasts in big, bold primary colors vegetables for an amount equivalent to the price of a two-liter bottle of soda or a bag of Lays potato chips.

A Place at the Table, again, doesn't offer many solutions to this problem, but they are quick to point out what is currently being done in the favor of stopping hunger in a country where there's more than enough healthy food to go around. Food banks, charities, and pantries, which have increased from two-hundred nationwide to a whooping 40,000 in thirty years, have been turning up to temporarily combat the problem, but a functional, long term solution is still in the works. American actor Jeff Bridges, who is responsible for founding the organization called the End Healthy Network in efforts to assist starving kids and adults, poignantly states, "if another country was doing this to our kids, we would be at war. It's just insane."

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