Revealing challenges and breakthroughs and posing a myriad of questions about the future, this urgent and timely character-driven documentary explores the advent of real meat without the need to raise and slaughter animals. Spanning three years, behind-the-scenes with exclusive documentary access to pioneers and influencers, Meat the Future chronicles the game-changing birth of a new food industry referred to as “cell-based” “clean” and “cultured” meat.
Meat the Future lifts the veil and journeys to the outer edges of innovation while exploring the moral underpinnings that motivate leaders of a colossal market opportunity.
Written, Directed, Produced by Liz Marshall
Edited by Caroline Christie, Roland Schlimme,
Cinematography by John Price
Executive Producer Janice Dawe
Consulting Executive Producer Chris Hegedus
Production Manager Jessica Jennings
Business Affairs Bizable Media
Since the 1990s I have had the privilege of illuminating social justice and environmental themes through character-driven stories around the globe. After the wide release and impact of my 2013 documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine, I was looking to follow a game-changing story and in 2015 came across the emergence of “cellular agriculture”. If growing real meat from animal cells without the need to raise and slaughter animals was indeed underway I hoped to find an entry-point. After speaking with Uma Valeti, the CEO and co-founder of Memphis Meats, I felt certain there was a film. Securing unique access to Uma and his start-up team in Silicon Valley, and to Bruce Friedrich and his think tank organization The Good Food Institute in Washington, D.C., was the first step in following the birth of a pioneering and controversial industry.
Documentaries are powerful platforms to explore new ideas, inspire empathy and motivate social change. The future of “cell-based meat” is currently unknown, but its revolutionary promise and journey into the world, as documented between 2016 – 2019, is a story that will stand the test of time.
– Liz Marshall