A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table opens in theaters and OnDemand todayCan watching one movie change the world? The creators of A Place at the Table think so. It’s difficult to create a film about the hunger crisis that includes scary statistics about nutrition and obesity and make it motivational and compelling.

Earlier this week when filmmakers, Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush appeared on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show. Jon declared A Place at the Table an incredibly important film. Lori stressed that this film illuminates an issue that is solvable saying, “We know what causes hunger and we know how to fix it.”

Today is the day that A Place At The Table, a seriously powerful documentary about the hunger crisis in America opens simultaneously in theaters, iTunes, and On Demand. Directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, and executive producer Tom Colicchio (who is also married to Silverbush), A Place at The Table strives to bring visceral awareness to an issue that is hard to get your head around.

The film is narrated by Jeff Bridges and features amazing first person stories. It was nominated for Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Colicchio: “Start the conversation..?.?.?The average person looks at programs and food stamps, and it’s fine, it’s adequate. But the problem is that the current system, the way it’s funded, it allows people to stay alive, but it doesn’t necessarily allow people to thrive. And that’s really important because if you look at it, 17 million children are suffering, and you look at it’s 1 in 2 [people] that will at some point have to use food assistance. What kind of future are you looking at?”

You can watch the filmmakers in an unedited interview on The Daily Show. {note: There is autoplay enabled on the site.}

Watch the trailer for A Place at the Table.

I’ll be watching the movie this weekend with my family.