50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.
Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides—as they have in the past—that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.
CATALYST FILMS / SILVERBUSH
LORI SILVERBUSH / KRISTI JACOBSON
“A PLACE AT THE TABLE”
DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Daniel B. Gold
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY
T Bone Burnett and
The Civil Wars
Jean Tsien, A.C.E.
Andrea B. Scott
Christina Weiss Lurie
DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY
Kristi Jacobson and
Andrea B. Scott
ANIMATION / GRAPHIC DESIGN
Never Odd Or Even
“AN ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTARY. It could prove a vital tool in the campaign toward a widespread solution.” – Gary Goldstein, LA Times
“***** TERRIFIC. AS IMPORTANT AND EYE-OPENING A DOCUMENTARY AS YOU’LL SEE THIS YEAR” Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News
“A valuable documentary. I sat down to watch this film not expecting new insights about a problem that has come to be seen as an intractable constant in American life. I was wrong.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
“A true companion piece to FOOD, INC. It specifically addresses our country’s hunger crisis, but also speaks to larger hungers. Hungers for independence, a dignified life, a better chance for ones children—in short, the American dream.” – Mary Pols, Time Magazine
“3½ out of 4 stars—POWERFUL, AND POWERFULLY PERSUASIVE. Advocacy journalism at its best.” – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
“3½ out of 4 stars. IT DELIVERS A POWERFUL PUNCH. Trenchant, intelligent, sharply argued. It deserves to be seen along with FOOD, INC.” – Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post
“3 ½ out of 4 stars. MOVING. So many of the words spoken will haunt you long after the film is over.
”A film that should make you furious.” – Marshall Fine, Huffington Post
“COMPELLING. The focus is on people, who make the statistics painfully real.” – Walter Addiego, SF Chronicle
‘The documentary proves its worth most by how it treats the moral and political issues around the hunger crisis.” – Tomas Hachard, Slant
“POWERFUL. More than an eye-opening portrayal of hunger in America, it’s also a call to action.” – Boston Globe
“A BEAUTIFULLY SHOT, POIGNANT FILM.” – Roger Moore, Chicago Tribune
“Makes a strong case that hunger for one is a problem for all.” – Billy Tatum, Paste