Meat the Future exclusively follows the birth of the clean meat movement in North America, intimately following its movers and shakers as they risk everything to pioneer, test, fundraise, lobby, advocate, cook and unveil clean meat to the world. The concept is groundbreaking: producing real meat without the need to raise and slaughter living 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? Meat the Future ushers the viewer into a world vexed by the complexities of industrialized agriculture, spotlighting a convergence of urgent issues, and zooming in on pioneering change-makers.
Written and Directed by Liz Marshall
Producer Liz Marshall
Consultants Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker
Editor Roderick Deogrades
Cinematographer John Price
Production Manager Jessica Jennings
Executive Producer Gordon Henderson
Business Affairs Janice Dawe / Bizable Media
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, following strong characters within the context of war, climate change, corporate industrialized globalization, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
The Ghosts In Our Machine, my previous feature documentary released in 2013 on all continents, is widely considered an influential consciousness-raising film about one of the toughest subjects imaginable. It features animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur as she tackles the 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 working overtime, introducing groundbreaking ideas to the world.
I have secured exclusive feature-length access to the leaders of the clean meat movement in America. I was in preliminary communication with Bruce Friedrich as he launched The Good Food Institute, and was on the ground with cameras just after Memphis Meats moved into its warehouse location in the San Francisco Bay area in April 2016.