Nearly all of the meat, eggs, and dairy we eat comes from the industrial system known as “factory farming.” This system destroys our environment and harms public health, and never before has humankind caused more suffering. Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer, narrated by producer Natalie Portman, and directed and produced by Christopher Quinn (GOD GREW TIRED OF US), Eating Animals spotlights the heroic farmers, whistleblowers, and innovators who are standing up, against all odds, to fight this system and provide a new way forward.
Frank Reese is a heritage poultry farmer from Lindsborg, Kansas who has committed his life to the preservation of biodiversity via protection and stewardship of the oldest continuously bred flock of heritage turkeys in America. The Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch is nationally renown by farmers and chefs alike; Frank is a pioneer in the field of heritage breeding methods and agroecology, he has taught countless top chefs how to prepare heritage poultry, and he has been featured in publications ranging from the New York Times to National Geographic to Vogue.
Frank is developing the Good Shepherd Institute on his farm in Lindsborg, Kansas in partnership with MASS Design Group, a not-for-profit architecture firm. The Institute will be an educational hub for breeding poultry, training farmers and students, partnering with institutions, informing the public, and training chefs, and will serve as a model for system-wide agricultural and ecological innovation.
Craig Watts went into chicken farming as a contract farmer for one of the biggest chicken companies in the country, Perdue Farms, in order to support his family. But after 22 years of raising chickens for one of the largest chicken companies in the US, Craig was at his breaking point and did something no one has done before. He invited a farm animal welfare organization, Compassion in World Farming, onto his farm to help tell his story. The public was shocked by the conditions of a standard chicken farm. Afterwards, Perdue became the first major chicken company to publish a detailed animal welfare policy, pledging to share transparent metrics to be held accountable for animal welfare.
Jim Keen is a veterinarian and infectious disease ecologist-epidemiologist with 27 years of teaching, research and field experience in livestock health, food safety, veterinary public health and emerging and zoonotic infections. He is the author of 69 peer-reviewed scientific publications. After enabling and supporting Big Ag livestock production for decades, Keen had a 2007 epiphany and converted to become a strong supporter of livestock protection. This culminated in his whistleblowing of abuse of research livestock at the USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, NE in 2015. Keen strongly advocates improved welfare of both research and industrialized factory farm livestock.
Rick Dove is one of the founding members of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a non-profit focused solely on preserving and protecting clean water sources from polluters to create drinkable, fishable, and swimmable water everywhere. Rick's advocacy related to factory farming began in North Carolina during the spring of 1993. He drew public attention to serious pollution problems related to factory farming when he documented swine waste being discharged into local waterways, which resulted in the destruction of underwater life and ecosystems. Swine pollution and its environmental consequences are at the height of major public concern due to Rick’s work protecting North Carolina waterways.
OPENING WEEKEND Q&As
LOS ANGELES, CA
Featuring in-person appearances by
Producer NATALIE PORTMAN
and Director CHRISTOPHER QUINN
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with Director CHRISTOPHER QUINN
THURSDAY, JUNE 21
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