Food For Thought Documentary

by Giles Alderson in London, England, United Kingdom

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On 4th April 2019 we successfully raised £75,275 with 256 supporters in 36 days

A feature documentary designed to inspire and promote the health and well-being of people, animals and the environment.

by Giles Alderson in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Your contributions will cover the costs of the filming we need to complete, all of post-production such as editing and composing a beautiful soundtrack for the film. But most importantly these funds will be used for marketing and distribution of the film, ensuring that as many people as possible will see Food For Thought, maximising the positive impact it will have.


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. 

Select a reward and join us on the journey

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?

Dan Richardson

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.  

Giles Alderson

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.

Rewards

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.

Who is helping us?


Many wonderful animal loving people across the world such as yourselves plus amazing people like Rudi Gremels and Danny Albury, Katie Cleary and Planetopija for their tremendous and generous help and we also benefit from our partnerships with The Vegan Society and Animal Aid




Follow Us

Spread the word! 
For updates FOLLOW us on Twitter via @Food4ThoughtDoc, @GilesAlderson @Dan710ths 
Or via our facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/Food4ThoughtDoc/ 
Or our website www.foodforthoughtdoc.com
Tell other film fans! Tell your friends! Tell the meat eating lovers and the plant based aficionados. We need you.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Your own copy of Food For Thought on DVD

Your own physical copy of the documentary. Plus + a personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan. Plus + a whole heap of virtual love from us and the animals

£5 or more

The no-nonsense backers

Just get in and get out. No more than a token gesture and a hearty good luck to the project. For this we salute you!

£10 or more

Thank you Video!!

A personalised special thank you video shared on social media from Giles & Dan

£15 or more

Own Your OWN DIGITAL copy of the film!

Your own copy of the documentary. For you to watch as many times as you like! And why wouldn't you! Plus a personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan. Plus a whole heap of virtual love from us and the animals

£20 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Vegan Society Collection

Claim this reward for some goodies kindly donated by our friends at The Vegan Society. The invaluable Vegan Passport - travel the world with confidence with this multilingual vegan food guide, small enough to fit in your pocket but packed with invaluable information. Covers 78 languages. Vegan Society wristband. Plus a personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan

£25 or more

4 of 5 claimed

The Film Buff Reward

Own a copy of vampire revenge film 'The Harsh Light of Day', not only starring both Giles and Dan, but also the production on which they first met. DVD signed by both of them! Plus a personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan. Plus a whole heap of virtual love from us and the animals

£35 or more

11 of 25 claimed

SIGNED copy of Food For Thought on DVD

Your very own 1 of 25 special SIGNED copy of Food For Thought on DVD plus a personal video thank you on social media from Giles and Dan.

£50 or more

13 of 15 claimed

Signed DVD, signed Poster and NAME in the credits

Signed copy of the Food For Thought DVD of the film, a signed Poster and your name in the credits Plus + a personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan. Plus + a whole heap of virtual love from us and the animals.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Personalised NUTRITION and workout plan REWARD

Paul Kerton aka Hench Herbivore will give you a plant based nutritional consultation and work out plan (1hr Skype or telephone) or one to one if you are near Norwich. Optimise your health and fitness with this one off reward! (info gathered via email questionnaire) PLUS Shout out on social Media PLUS Names in Thank you CREDITS

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

'The Contemplator' Lion Print Signed by Sam Clark

Wildlife photographer, Sam Clark, has very kindly donated this beautiful photograph of a male lion, taken in the Masai Mara, Kenya. The recipient of this stunning reward will receive the image on museum grade printing, photo rag paper archival to 75 years (at least) in dimensions of 12 x 18 inches, signed by Sam. Includes postage to anywhere on planet earth.

£100 or more

3 of 4 claimed

RETREAT Day at Spring Wood Sanctuary NEW REWARD!!

This special Retreat Day will be an immersion into nature to reconnect with nature at www.springwoodsanctuary.com . You'll experience a mindful walk, a camp fire enjoying toasted marshmallows, a guided meditation, a sound healing & a delicious plant based lunch in the yurt. You'll be guided by experienced Mindfulness coach Jacqui Howe who will be your contact for the day. Either for 4 people or individually. (Travel and Accommodation not provided

£100 or more

10 of 10 claimed

VIP Premiere Tickets

2 x VIP Premiere Tickets. Join us as the London premiere of the film (Travel & hotel not included) where you can mingle with the stars and enjoy the premiere as a special guest and your plus 1. Plus + a personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan. Plus + a whole heap of virtual love from us and the animals

£150 or more

2 of 5 claimed

'Window to a Soul' Signed Print by Dan Richardson

This beautiful close-up, looking into the eye of a wild elephant, was taken by Dan in Meru National Park, Kenya. 30" x 20" signed print. Plus + a personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan. Plus + a whole heap of virtual love from us and the animals.

£150 or more

3 of 5 claimed

'Pelican Pacific' - Signed Limited Edition Print

Limited Edition Signed Photograph by Dan Richardson. 'Pelican Pacific', taken in Los Angeles. Signed and numbered as 1 of 5, a 30" x 20" print of this beautiful image will be yours. Plus + a personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan. Plus + a whole heap of virtual love from us and the animals

£150 or more

2 of 5 claimed

'Rhino Charge'

Limited Edition Signed Photograph by Dan Richardson. 'Rhino Charge', snapped in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. A 30" x 20" print of this beautiful image will be yours, signed and marked as one of only five. Plus + a personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan. Plus + a whole heap of virtual love from us and the animals

£150 or more

2 of 5 claimed

'Deer in the Mist' - Limited Edition Signed Photo

Limited Edition Signed Photograph by Dan Richardson. 'Deer in the Mist', taken in Richmond Park at sunrise. A 30" x 20" print of this beautiful image will be yours, signed and marked as one of only five. Plus + a personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan. Plus + a whole heap of virtual love from us and the animals

£250 or more

2 of 4 claimed

£250 Reward

Photo shoot with Dan Richardson. Check out www.danrphotography.com for an idea of the kind of thing you could get. Perhaps you're an actor needing new headshots, or maybe you just want to treat yourself or a friend to a professional shoot. Either way, this reward entitles you to a four-hour photo session. You'll receive all images (unedited) in high resolution and professional editing/finishing on your four favourite shots. Shoot in UK only

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Private Dinner Party Experience with a Vegan Chef

Imagine a professional chef preparing a beautiful 3-course meal for up to 4 people in your own home. That's exactly what vegan chef extraordinaire, Lynn Nicholson, aka the 'Vegan Food Pimp' will be doing for you when you claim this fantastic reward. The menu will be a surprise, but needless to say, amazing and delicious! Must be within the M25 and organised on a date suitable to both parties. Our enormous thanks to Lynn for this amazing donation!

£400 or more

EARLY BIRD!! Associate Producer

FIRST DAY ONLY!! Associate Producer credit on the film Plus + Signed copy of the Food For Thought DVD by Giles and Dan Plus + a personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan. Plus + a whole heap of virtual love from us and the animals

£500 or more

Associate Producer

Associate Producer credit on the film Plus + Signed copy of the Food For Thought DVD by Giles and Dan Plus + a personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan. Plus + a whole heap of virtual love from us and the animals

£800 or more

EARLY BIRD!! The Cool As.. Reward

FIRST DAY ONLY!! Spend a day on set with directors Giles Alderson and Dan Richardson Learn how they make their films. What happens on a film set Plus Associate Producer credit. Plus + Signed poster & copy of the Food For Thought DVD Plus + a personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan. Plus + a whole heap of virtual love from us and the animals

£1,000 or more

The Cool as.. Reward

Spend a day on set with directors Giles Alderson and Dan Richardson Learn how they make their films. What happens on a film set Plus Associate Producer credit. Plus + Signed poster & copy of the Food For Thought DVD Plus + a personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan. Plus + a whole heap of virtual love from us and the animals

£2,500 or more

Personal Sponsorship for a PREMIERE of the Film

A film premiere in your honour! You will be personally responsible for making one of our film premieres possible. VIP tickets for you and three guests to your premiere where the film's creators, Dan and Giles, will personally acknowledge your contribution. Only one of these rewards is available for each of our three premieres globally.

£5,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Corporate Pledge

Corporate Animal Champion Your brand logo on our step & repeat board and event signage (provided by you) at the premiere. 6 tickets to the premiere in London (travel and hotel not included) 1 x wildlife print by Dan Richardson Associate Producer credit. Signed poster & signed copy of the 'Food For Thought' DVD. A personal thank you video on social media from Giles & Dan. Plus a whole heap of virtual love from us and the animals

£10,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Exec Producer

Hero status! Exec Producer Credit on IMDb and in the film Also includes an EXCLUSIVE wildlife print by Dan Richardson. A VIP PREMIERE experience for you and a friend at the green carpet screening of the film of your choice (flights and hotel not included).

£15,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Animal Hero Reward

Executive Producer credit on IMDb and the film itself. VIP tickets for you and three friends to a 'Food For Thought' premiere, including overnight accommodation for your group. Signed, limited edition wildlife print by Dan Richardson. Signed copy of the Food For Thought DVD by Giles and Dan

£25,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

The MEGA Exec Producer

You are saving our bacon (and theirs) Thank you so much !! Executive Producer credit on IMDb and the film itself. VIP tickets for you and five friends to a 'Food For Thought' premiere, overnight accommodation for your group (flights not included) + Signed poster & copy of the Food For Thought DVD + A set of three EXCLUSIVE limited edition wildlife prints signed by Dan Richardson. + Our endless love and gratitude.

£75,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Speechless

There are no words. We could attempt to describe what this would mean to us but we would inevitably fall short. Essentially you've made our day, our year, our entire target and in fact the film itself possible!

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