FOOD CHAINS On DemandDecember 08, 2014

FOOD CHAINS On Demand

FOOD CHAINS (Screen Media)

FOOD CHAINS is yet another example of how broken the food system is in our country, this time shedding a light on the deplorable working conditions many migrant farm workers face while picking the food that feeds us. Most American’s have no idea how our food ends up on shelves in supermarkets. There have been many documentaries exposing everything from factory farms to the dangers of GMO’s, but we rarely hear about the actual people who are in the fields.

In his directorial feature film debut, Sanjay Rawal introduces us to the tomato pickers of Immokalee, Florida as they mobilize a campaign against Publix Supermarket, the largest buyer of tomatoes during the season.

 

Farmworkers in Florida picking tomatoes are paid by the bucket photo courtesy FOOD CHAINS (Screen Media)


 The film opens with scenes of an impoverished section of Immokolee, Florida, where farm workers are living in trailers with as many as 15 other people. These workers leave their homes at 5am and get bussed to farms where they work all day for a penny for every pound of tomatoes they pick. It is back-breaking work in the hot sun, while breathing in pesticides from neighboring farms. They don’t get paid until their first bucket of tomatoes is filled. During this time, they can experience sexual and physical abuse in the largely unsupervised fields, until they arrive back home at 8pm with a check for about $42 for a days work.

“You come to the realization how little you mean to the people you are working for” says one farm worker. The film explains how the retail food giants, the buyers of these tomatoes, yield too much power over the supply chain and set impossible prices which farms must meet or they will get left out of the purchasing cycle.

We meet members of The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) who launched the Fair Food Program with the goal of partnering with farms and retail food companies to ensure humane wages and working conditions for the workers who pick fruits and vegetables. They are trying to sit down with members of the supply chain to discuss their program and to garner an additional penny per pound of tomatoes they pick. In an effort to get their attention, the CIW organizes a Hunger Strike outside of Publix Headquarters.

Exploiting migrant workers is nothing new in this country and why the film integrates archival footage such as Robert Kennedy Jr, joining Hugo Chavez, in Los Angeles, during a famous hunger strike in 1972. The issue continues today because the workers feel they will be fired or deported if they speak up which adds to what is truly a modern day slavery situation. Appearances are made by members of the Kennedy Family (Ethel Kennedy and RFK, Jr) who join the CIW workers during their Hunger Strike, keeping their families support of this issue alive.

On-air interviews with Eric Schlosser (FAST FOOD NATION and FOOD INC) and actress and farm worker advocate, Eva Longoria, are included who both serve as the Executive Producers on the film. The 82 minute film is narrated by Oscar© Winning Actor, Forest Whitaker, using English subtitles throughout. The filmmaker does a great job with imagery, working in bright splashes of tomato red color over an otherwise drab and dull backdrop. The film also incorporates colorful info-graphics and factoids throughout, explaining how things work in the supply chain.

 

 Eva Longoria, FOOD CHAINS (Screen Media)


 With the recent announcement by President Obama to grant immunity to thousands of undocumented citizens, it appears the farm workers are going to be vastly left out. Many say the lobbyists keep them out of the mix because we won’t have anyone to work in the fields. Given that food is something we are going to need no matter what happens, one thing is certain, we can’t wait for legislation in this country to create the change we want to see.

After watching FOOD CHAINS it will make you want to act, which is what I did first by making sure my parents living in Southwest Florida were aware of this issue. 

Ariana Bernstein’s Top 5 Things You Need To Know About DELUSIONS OF GUINEVEREDecember 08, 2014

Ariana Bernstein’s Top 5 Things You Need To Know About DELUSIONS OF GUINEVERE

DELUSIONS OF GUINEVERE

A former child star, Guinevere James, who now at 29, is washed up, overweight and not living up to her potential, struggles with her dark addiction to social media. She becomes increasingly obsessed with her former costar, Cadence Stone, who has blossomed into a modelesque A-lister at the top of her game. After a series of humiliating mishaps, Guinevere becomes a social media darling and pushes the limit of desire for fame, consequently destroying her familial relationships and friendships in her quest to regain the fame she thinks she deserves. DELUSIONS OF GUINEVERE is now in theaters in NYC and on iTunes. 


 

Ariana Bernstein's Top Five Things You Need To Know About Delusions of Guinevere:

1. A lot of the locations were designed by Ariana's Dad as he is an architect and sweet talked his clients into letting us use the spaces he designed for them. Our production designer then dirtied things down (Frank's Apt is actually really nice) or gussied them up, depending on what the scene called for.


2. We named the "Stoop Girl" scene after a drunk wanna-be intruder that wouldn't get off the stoop we were filming on for more than 3 hours. She tried to break into our location numerous times and was finally arrested (cigarette still in hand with handcuffs on). Clearly, she was coming down from an all night bender. Poor Stoop Girl.


3. It's a dark comedy that explores the duality between navigating your online persona vs. your real life one. See the movie and decide which one wins for Guinevere.

 

DELUSIONS OF GUINEVERE

4. All of the film’s coffee shop scenes were filmed at the popular Williamsburg coffee shop Second Stop. The people in the neighborhood are now so used to film crews taking over their streets that they weren’t phased by a production taking over their local coffee place. In fact, they would just come on in, while we were filming, to get their morning java even though the place was closed for our shoot. We even convinced some of them to stay as extras and you can see them in the film.


5. The film was co-written by four writers who hadn’t met before coming together to craft the script. They met when Ariana put an ad up on Craigslist looking for a writing partner. She received hundreds of responses but culled it down to Joanna Bowzer, Niccolo Aeed and Marina Tempelsman. Two weeks later, the team locked themselves away and emerged 2 months late with the first draft of the script.

BONUS ROUND: Gelee Shots are tasty ;)

 

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DELUSIONS OF GUINEVERE - Exclusive ClipDecember 08, 2014

DELUSIONS OF GUINEVERE - Exclusive Clip

Former child actress Guinevere James (Ariana Bernstein) and her inner circle discuss different ways for her to become famous (vs infamous) again. DELUSIONS OF GUINEVERE is now in theaters in NYC and on iTunes. 

 

DELUSIONS OF GUINEVERE FIRST LOOK

I want to be Successful

 

A former child star, Guinevere James, who now at 29, is washed up, overweight and not living up to her potential, struggles with her dark addiction to social media. She becomes increasingly obsessed with her former costar, Cadence Stone, who has blossomed into a modelesque A-lister at the top of her game. After a series of humiliating mishaps, Guinevere becomes a social media darling and pushes the limit of desire for fame, consequently destroying her familial relationships and friendships in her quest to regain the fame she thinks she deserves.

Starring: Ariana Bernstein, Andrew Ruth, Tom Grail, Amy Halldin, Graci Carli, Freddie Lee Bennett, Sandra Rodriguez

 

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5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: December 2014December 04, 2014

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: December 2014

Kat Ashy (On Demand Weekly)

On Demand Weekly's Kat Ashy (@KatDoesLifegoes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 
5 New Movies On Demand to Watch - December 2014:

Kate
By Kat Ashy

Sleigh bells are ringing, chestnuts are roasting, and Rudolph’s being subpoenaed for a disastrous FUI incident. It’s officially the holiday season! And in between preparing those delicious latkes and forgetting your distant relatives names, make sure you schedule some quality On Demand time. Nothing softens the blow of forced merriment quite like a nice Movie On Demand, and I’ve got my top five December picks right here!

Kat’s Top Five Movies On Demand:

5. THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, Premieres December 2 FAMILY PICK
This foodie masterpiece starring Dame Helen Mirren is a surefire way to satisfy your December gluttony.
PG, Drama, Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon

4. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Premieres December 16 - DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY PICK
Holidays breed familial insanity so why not watch this dysfunctional bunch that includes Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, and Jane Fonda.
R, Comedy/Drama, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard

3. THE MAZE RUNNER, Premieres December 23 - TEEN PICK
Young Adult Dystopia fiction will not die! And in this case it’s a good thing since THE MAZE RUNNER is essentially a New Age Lord of the Flies.
PG-13, Action/Sci-Fi, Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson

2. THE SKELETON TWINS, Premieres December 16 INDIE PICK
Putting Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader together as estranged twin siblings is a genius move. Whoever casted this deserves a pie.
R, Drama, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell

1. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Premieres December 9 TOP PICK
We are Groot! The biggest blockbuster of the summer is finally On Demand and if you didn’t catch it in theatres you must watch it now. In the Marvel universe, Chris Pratt stars as the charismatic Star-Lord who helms a team of vigilante criminals that include a ruthless assassin, an overly literal behemoth, a crazed raccoon, and a talking tree. With its 70’s soundtrack and “don’t give a shit” attitude GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY reigns supreme as the most entertaining film of the year.
PG-13, Action/Adventure, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper (voice), Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel (voice), Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro

That’s December team! Be sure to read what other great movies premiere On Demand this month below.
 
Happy watching!
 
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Fran Kranz’s Top 5 Things You Need To Know About MURDER OF A CATDecember 04, 2014

Fran Kranz’s Top 5 Things You Need To Know About MURDER OF A CAT

MURDER OF A CAT (Gravitas)

Clinton Moisey is an iconoclastic, artisan action-figure designer who still lives in his mom’s basement, and is, by the standards of the world, a full-blown loser. But Clinton doesn’t have time to care about what others think of him; he’s too busy running a yard sale where he promotes his hardboiled detective toy line with his pet cat and best friend, “Mouser.” When Clinton wakes up one morning to find Mouser impaled by a crossbow arrow, he is devastated.

 

J.k. Simmons, Fran Kranz, MURDER OF A CAT (Gravitas)

 

Realizing that the local Sheriff is only interested in flirting with his mom, Clinton sets off on his own to find out who killed Mouser and why. As Clinton delves deeper into the case, he uncoveres a town-wide conspiracy far greater than he ever imagined. The comedic MURDER OF A CAT is a modern-day film noir set in the mundane world of the suburbs.

 

Fran Kranz's Top 5 Things You Need To Know About MURDER OF A CAT

 

1. Much of the character of Clinton was based on Ignatius Reilly. Meaning, I plagiarized much of A Confederacy of Dunces.

2. The cat (played by Bogart) and I were not best friends in real life.

3. I ruined a lot of this movie by laughing. You can see me laugh in the film because there was no other footage left to use.

 

Fran Kranz, MURDER OF A CAT (Gravitas)



4. I wear a wig for the first half of the movie. That is not my real hair.

5. Doghouse Reilly was an original action figure made for the film. They should sell them. It’s probably my only chance to be an action figure. 

 

- Fran Kranz

 

 

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