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Sundance Trailer: 'Finding North' Shows Hunger Crisis in America

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 19, 2012 at 1:35PM

Sundance premieres "Finding North" on January 22. Participant media's documentary on hunger features the likes of Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio to push the message that child hunger is an American crisis, with one in four of our children struggling to eat...
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Finding North

Sundance premieres "Finding North" on January 22. Participant Media's documentary on hunger, from directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, features the likes of Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio (who also exec produced)--as well as sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel, nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle, Pastor Bob Wilson, teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry and activists including Mariana Chilton (Witness to Hunger)--to push the message that child hunger is an American crisis, with one in four of our children struggling to eat. The film also boast original music by T Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars.

More on the film and the trailer below:

49 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 for 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 second-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.

Ultimately, FINDING NORTH 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.

This article is related to: Sundance, Sundance 2012, Documentaries, Participant Media, Jeff Bridges, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.