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‘The Interrupters’ Director Steve James Planning Documentary ‘Generation Food’

Written by on June 1, 2012 

Steve James could have simply hanged his hat on Hoop Dreams and secured his place in documentary history, but, with last year’s highlyacclaimed The Interrupters (which you can watch here), it’s evident that he’s got plenty left to say. Now, DocChannelBlog (via FirstShowing) reports that he’s channeling efforts toward Generation Food, a piece — based on Raj Patel‘s forthcoming book — that’s slated to “focus on the global food system in the 21st century.”

Here’s how a synopsis breaks it down:

“We want to fix the world’s food system. We’ll explore how to do that with unexpected stories from unlikely people discovering unbounded ways to feed the planet.  Raj Patel’s forthcoming book, GENERATION FOOD, takes a global look at how different generations are caring for one another over a shared table, making sure that there’s enough good food for everyone. Like the book, the documentary project will chronicle the complex and contradictory journey to find sustainable solutions to feed the world. Bringing together Steve James’ unmatched storytelling skills and Raj Patel’s knowledge of the food system, we’ll produce a documentary about solutions to fix the worlds’ problems that informs, surprises, entertains and inspires. By the end of the film, the audience will wonder not ‘what can I do?’, but ‘when can we start?’”

Somewhat unfortunate, however, is the news that Generation Food is rather early into its development process; nothing’s been shot, nor does it sound as though the primary subjects have even been found. (When a teaser is done, interested parties will, with any luck, sign on.) But I like the sound of it so far — primarily because, a familiar topic notwithstanding, such a strong craftsman is working at the helm — and if you want to help it come together, you can lend some support by going to the documentary’s official site. You probably weren’t going to spend that money on something valuable, anyway.

Does Generation Food sound like a wise choice for James?

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