American Meat: A New Documentary Previewed in NYC April 12 – 18!

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This week in NYC there will be previews of this new documentary that takes a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog and cattle production in America. Unbelievably — this is the week I am away in Aruba! Shucks! But this is going to be much more than a film preview — every night there will also be a panel of speakers on various related topics. Check out the schedule below. If you are in NYC this week be sure to go!

4/12 @ 7 pm: Buy Tickets to Screening & Panel

Cinema Village, 22 E 12th Street


Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms
Paul Willis, Niman Ranch
Chris Ely: Applegate
Chris Arnold: Chipotle

Graham Meriwether: American MeatFarmers on Innovation: Farmers are at the forefront of changing our food system, and they are doing it through business, writing, and advocacy. Joel Salatin, Paul Willis, Chris Ely, and Chris Arnold represent a powerful force in the meat industry; each is involved in innovative methods of farming whether by actually working in the fields or helping those farmers reach markets. This discussion will bring together pioneers in sustainable meat farming in order to discuss successes, challenges, and the path forward.

4/13 @ 7 pm: Buy Tickets to Screening & Panel

Cinema Village, 22 E 12th Street

Graham Meriwether: American Meat
Jon McConaughy: Brick Farm Tavern
Ben Flanner: Brooklyn Rooftop Farms
Yanet Rojas: Just Food’s Farm School
Craig Haney: Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Mary Kimball: Center for Land-Based Learning

Beginning Farmers: It seems that rooftop farms are opening in cities across America, and people of all walks of life are changing careers in order to work the land. But how do farmers get a business started, and keep it running successfully? This panel will bring together farmers of various stages in their careers and lives to discuss the challenges and surprises involved in getting a farming business off the ground.

4/14 @ 7 pm: Buy Tickets to Screening & Panel 

Cinema Village, 22 E 12th Street

Tanya Fields: Food activist
Anthony Fassio: Slow Food NYC
Graham Meriwether: American Meat
Ian Calder-Piedmonte: Balsam Farms

Food Systems: Our food does not just appear in a restaurant or a supermarket; it has to get there, somehow. How is our current food system doing us a disservice, and what can we do to improve upon it? In this panel, professionals in the food industry as well as advocates for food justice will share experiences working toward a better food system.
4/15 @ 7 pm: Buy Tickets to Screening & Panel 

Cinema Village, 22 E 12th Street


Richard Morris: Heritage Fells Foodstead
Paula Lukats: Just Food
Amanda Pitts: Bushwick Food Cooperative
Alan & Nancy: Lewis Waite Farms

Community Supported Agriculture: Most likely, you or someone you know is a member of a CSA, a Community Supported Agriculture program. These programs are having a tremendous impact on our food system. What are they doing to support a sustainable meat industry, and what can we learn from the already-significant achievements of CSA programs? What does it take to start up a CSA and make it successful? This panel features special guest Richard Morris, who left a corporate career to work for Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farms and is currently starting up his own farming business, and is featured in American Meat.
4/16 @ 7 pm: Buy Tickets to Screening & Panel 

Cinema Village, 22 E 12th Street

Mary Cleaver: Cleaver Co.
Tom Mylan: The Meat Hook
Jake Dickson: Dickson’s Farmstand Meats
Bill Telepan: Telepan
Graham Meriwether: American Meat

Chefs & Butchers: Any New Yorker will tell you that one of the best things about the city is its restaurants. And in those restaurants, you will not only find beautifully-prepared steaks and perfectly-seared hamburgers, but you’ll also see local farmers like Michael Yezzi dragging entire pigs into a kitchen–because many chefs and restaurateurs are devoted to supporting local farms that practice sustainable, humane methods of raising animals. This is a chance to hear leading chefs and restaurateurs talk about how they made their visions into reality, and how meat can be an art form.

4/17 @ 7 pm: Buy Tickets to Screening & Panel
Cinema Village, 22 E 12th Street

Robert LaValva: New Amsterdam Market
Michael Hurwitz: Greenmarket
Michael Yezzi: Flying Pig Farm
Peter Hoffman: Back Forty

Graham Meriwether: American MeatMarkets: Our food doesn’t just come to us–we have to go out and buy it, or grow it. Greenmarket and other urban outdoor markets like the New Amsterdam Market are crucial outlets for area farmers to reach customers, and they are by no means easy to create or maintain. How do markets play into our changing national food system, what challenges are they facing (and the New Amsterdam Market in particular has found itself in a difficult situation that we’ll hear about), and what can we do to support them even more?

4/18 @ 7 pm: Buy Tickets to Screening & Panel

Cinema Village, 22 E 12th Street

Ryan Nethery: Cinematographer
Memo Salazar: Editor
Graham Meriwether: Director
>Michael Hurwitz: Composer

The Making of American Meat: Making a documentary film is a collaborative process that starts with a question or an idea, and eventually becomes an edited, full-length narrative. In this case, American Meat began with Graham Meriwether’s interest in Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. But the was American Meat was distributed is also a story worthy of documentation: rather than applying to any film festivals, the film premiered at the farm where it was filmed. From there, the film was brought directly to young farmers and students across the country as part of the Young Farmer Screening Series. In this panel, the people involved in producing American Meat discuss its evolution from an idea into a nationwide phenomenon, and the moments of difficulty, surprise, and
learning that happened along the way.

It would be great to see a lot of support for this documentary!

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  • K April 10, 2013, 10:44 pm

    Wow, this sounds spectacular. Wish I could make it to the one Friday night, but am planning on going on Sunday or Tuesday!

  • Amanda Pitts April 11, 2013, 12:27 am

    I’m speaking on Monday! I’m so excited to see the film and get to sit on the panel, and hear what my fellow panelists have to say about this 🙂

    At the Bushwick Food Coop, we source mostly frozen meat, and try to get half or whole animals at a time, to try to be as sustainable as possible.

    • Jill April 11, 2013, 7:00 am

      Yeah Amanda!

  • Katie April 11, 2013, 7:59 pm

    THAT sounds fantastical. I’m hoping to go with a girlfriend.

    @ Amanda – that’s awesome….will you say more on your sources/processing/storing method?

  • Kim Liebich April 12, 2013, 12:18 am

    Can you record these panels and share them as links afterward? We here in Boise and PDX and around the rest of the world want to share in the great information you are bringing. Thanks for considering! =) Keep it up!