If you want to make a change in the world, Food For Thought is your opportunity to be involved in a project that will make a difference to human health, animal welfare and the environment.
What is 'Food For Thought'?
A feature length documentary presented and narrated by actor, Born Free Foundation ambassador and animal conservationist, Dan Richardson, who also produces and co-directs alongside award-winning filmmaker, Giles Alderson.
With a positive and inclusive tone throughout, Food For Thought documentary will deliver a relatable version of the plant-based message to the non-vegan majority, aiming to inspire and encourage them to join us as we explore the driving forces behind the fastest growing lifestyle choice in the world.
We speak with various experts, advocates and nutritionists to learn why momentum is now at an all-time high, and discover how this shift is having a positive impact on animals, our health and the world we live in.
The film also follows the journey of an eclectic group of non-vegans as they commit to a 30-day plant-based challenge, documenting their experience with video diaries. This provides their peer group - our target audience - with a relatable, inspiring and insightful look at the realities of living a vegan lifestyle.
We will try to answer the questions vegans always get asked "Where do you get your protein", "What would happen if we all went plant based tomorrow?", "What would happen to the animals", "What if...?"
If you like this project please select a reward and become part of making Food for Thought a reality, today.
Why this film is important?
Food For Thought will inspire people to take their own steps towards plant-based living, benefiting their own health, the welfare of animals and the environmental health of the world we live in.
However big or small, we believe that any step taken in this direction is a great thing, whether it's embracing the 'Meatless Monday' philosophy or going 100% plant-based, Food For Thought encourages the viewer to take that step and makes them feel empowered to do so.
You can be part of this, and of course benefit from the film's message as well.
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The film avoids judgement or vilification of the non-vegan majority. We feel strongly that this approach has a detrimental effect and reduces the likelihood of anyone turning to plant-based options.
A peripheral strand to our film will be the process of documenting the journey of making the film itself. Our drivers, motivations, ambitions, challenges.
Watch our teaser TRAILER
Who are we?
As an actor, Dan Richardson has starred in many independent feature films including Retribution, Pretty Outrageous and Kill Kane alongside Vinnie Jones. He was also a series regular in Disney's hit TV series, The Lodge. A life-long advocate for animal welfare and conservation, as Dan's profile as an actor grew, so too did the platform from which he speaks out on behalf of animal causes around the world. Be it the preservation and protection of endangered iconic African wildlife, rescuing stray dogs from Romania or promoting the vegan lifestyle, Dan's philosophy is that compassion is not species specific and that everyTHING, everyone and the world itself benefits immeasurably when love and compassion form the foundation of our choices and the life we live.
Award winning director Giles Alderson has recently directed and co written the feature film 'The Dare' staring Richard Brake (31) , Bart Edwards (UNreal) and Richard Short (Mary Kills People) for Millennium Films (Expendables) and the feature Documentary World of Darkness. He produced the feature films 'A Serial Killers Guide to Life' and 'Cassette' and directed eight award winning short films including; 'Barry Brown', 'Taken', 'Sports Day 3D' (the first live action stereoscopic 3D drama filmed in the UK), 'This Way Out' (BAFTA long listed) and the psychological horror ' 47 Cleveland' (winning best film and best director at LA Best Shorts). He has recently directed the web-series The Girl Whisperer, a comedy written and starring Ralf Little. His latest short film The Heart of The Forest stared Jessica Henwick (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Iron Fist) & Lourdes Faberes (Knightfall) has been picked up by Shorts TV and has won and been nominated in many film festivals including Turin, 21 Islands and Copenhagen. Giles has also made great visual i-dents, music videos and commercials as well as hosting www.thefilmmakerspodcast.com. He believes all animals should be treated fairly and as humans we have to know and understand what is inside the food we are putting into our bodies, what the long term effects of this are and how animals don't need to suffer for us to achieve a healthy well balanced lifestyle.
We have some exciting rewards lined up for you including VIP tickets to our film premieres and even associate and executive producer credits on the film too! In addition, our presenter and co-director, Dan, is a keen wildlife photographer. We've selected four of the most popular shots and are making them available to you. Any of these beautiful, limited edition, signed prints can be yours for £150 each. See the Rewards section to claim yours now.
Other rewards include a DVD, signed by Giles and Dan, of vampire revenge film, 'The Harsh Light Of Day'. Both Dan and Giles star in the film, so it's a full circle to where this whole journey began!
A Day on set with Giles Alderson and Dan Richardson, See how they work, their interview techniques and the fact they pretty much do everything on their own, from cameras, sound and lights to create the documentary.
What will we do with your contributions?
Your contributions will cover the costs of the filming the res of the documentary, the interviews and the imagery among it. It will also cover post-production including editing, mixing and the soundtrack as well as marketing and distribution of the film, ensuring that as many people as possible will be able to see Food For Thought, maximising the positive impact it will have around the world and helping to save more animals lives
Who will be involved?
We'll be speaking to food suppliers, arable and livestock farmers about veganism and animal welfare. We'll ask government representatives why, in the light of so much evidence more to provide plant based food in schools and hospitals as well as sports personalities, rock stars and actors as well as nutritionists and doctors.
PLUS we have some wonderful non vegans who have kindly gone plant-based for a month who will be documenting their story of which some of them will be featured in the documentary as well.
Some of the amazing people we have interviewed so far are pictured below.
What is the style and tone of the Documentary
As much as a dramatic feature film to be compelling it must tell a story, we feel the same with this documentary. We are committed to achieving that in a reasoned route, driving home the key messages we wish to impart with this film, but doing so in a subtle way. We believe that a beautiful look and feel is also of crucial importance insomuch as anything visually captivating has the power to keep viewers engaged.
Simply dumping information with no regard for aesthetic would lose uncountable viewers, whereas a cinematic feel that wouldn’t ordinarily be associated with fact-based programming together with a powerful soundtrack will keep viewers engaged and take them on an emotional journey.
What does this documentary aim to achieve
We aim to help non vegans and vegans alike understand what they can do to help each other, their own personal health and animals. We aim to change the way people think about how they eat and we aim to make even the smallest difference in the welfare and treatment of animals.