The concept is revolutionary: growing animal flesh for consumption, without using and slaughtering full living sentient animals. If scientists can grow human tissue from stem cells for use in medical procedures, then why not a similar process to “grow” or “brew” real pork, beef, and poultry? Clean meat is also referred to as cultured meat, in-vitro meat, and lab-grown meat. It is real meat grown in cell culture, without the use of antibiotics and hormones. MEAT THE FUTURE spotlights the emergence of the clean meat movement, intimately following its movers and shakers, exploring the social issues that motivate them, and the immense challenges they face. Meat eaters, animal, environmental and food security activists, critics, farmers and the meat industry, round out this immersive in-depth documentary.
Written and Directed by Liz Marshall
Produced by Liz Marshall
Consultants Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker
Executive Producer Gordon Henderson
Production Supervisor Nadia Tavazanni
Edited by Roderick Deogrades
Cinematography John Price
Location Sound Recordist Michael Emery
Web Design Karin Culliton
MEAT THE FUTURE is a natural extension of my previous work. Since the 1990s I have had the privilege of featuring resilient stories around the globe, shot within the context of war, climate change, corporate industrialized globalization, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. MEAT THE FUTURE spotlights a convergence of urgent issues through an active unfolding human story. This is a documentary that grapples with significant global challenges while looking to what is possible. This is not another doomsday survey that leaves audiences overwhelmed with information overload. Instead, we zoom in on compelling people working overtime, risking everything to make a difference, while examining the challenges they face.
THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE, my previous documentary, is widely considered an influential accessible consciousness-raising impact documentary about one of the toughest subjects imaginable. It features animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur as she tackles the epic and global subject of sentient nonhuman animals used for food, fashion, research, and entertainment. MEAT THE FUTURE takes off where I left off, focused on change makers, combining a behind-the-scenes cinéma-verité lens with thoughtful urgency and cinematic tone; ushering the viewer into a world focused on innovation, altruism, and the not so distant future.