Photo: ©Brian Kimmel
A film from the cinematographer of all things food
BY THE MAGAZINE OF YOGA STAFF
Ingredients is available from Docurama
Brian Kimmel is the producer and cinematographer of Ingredients, a powerful, warm and simply gorgeous film about our relationship with growing, cooking and eating food.
In the context of Earth Day, he writes about the experience of making Ingredients
Earth day represents an opportunity to reflect on what we do as individuals to impact both our environment and our local community. As a filmmaker, the work of storytelling can go a long way towards leaving a positive impact. By sharing what is possible and focusing on solutions, the problems we face become not only manageable but pleasurable.
About six years ago, I went on the first of many trips to countries where coffee is grown. In Mexico, Central and South America, Africa and around the United States the purpose of my travels was always the same. My job was to document the symbiotic relationships that are occurring between those who grow, roast and drink coffee. Over the years of telling these stories, globalization, which often is seen as an inevitable and malevolent force, started to look like a good thing.
Preceding these years was nearly a decade of work as the cinematographer of all things food. As I combined these experiences, I started to look more closely at the relationships that were occurring in the business of food. Here, I also found that when a person is connected, in some meaningful way to the source of their food or their coffee, people throughout the chain stand to benefit from that connection.
These relationship stories are the diamonds in the rough of an American food culture that has, by and large, lost our connection to the stuff of nourishment. As issues about food’s nutrition, safety and cost become more of a concern for people, there is a growing need for change. It has taken me a few years to realize, but the most logical place to look for this change was right in my own backyard.
I am fortunate to live in Portland Oregon, considered by many to be at the vanguard of America’s revitalized local food movement. Hence Ingredients, a documentary film that reveals the challenges and success stories of eating local.
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