Chow Down

Director: Julia Grayer, Gage Johnston
Running time: 55’ - USA, 2010

Director’s Bio

Julia Grayer studied psychology at Haverford College, in Philadelphia, in 2004. In New York she attended a Beginning Film Production Summer Course, at Tisch School of the Arts and then in Philadelphia she attended a 14-week Video Production course. Ever since she has been producing her own documentaries. Gage has been producing and directing films for the past 14 years. She is currently teaching writing and production at Philadelphiaʼs University of the Arts.

Contact Director
Julia Grayer
Peanut Butter Productions
Tel: 001-856-261-4732

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Director: Julia Grayer, Gage Johnston


Production:  Gage Johnston, Julia Grayer


Script Gage: Gage Johnston, Julia Grayer


Animation: Hugo Marmugi


Editor: Mark Weinstein


Cinematography: Gage Johnston


Music:  Jim Boggia


Narration: Mark Weinstein


Sound, Lighting Design: George McCartin, Mike Ford, Adam Carrigan 



Root for Charles, John and Garnet as they try to buck the system of pills and procedures and outfox their heart disease and diabetes. When their doctors inform them they can’t get better, our intrepid trio tells the doctors to think again. Charles, John and Garnet decide to take on their diseases by drastically changing their diets. We all know making resolutions is easy; sticking to them is the hard part. With lighthearted animation, piercing expert interviews and a feisty attitude, CHOW DOWN is the moving story of the success you can achieve when you rewrite the recipe for a healthy life.

World sales
Ronna Wallace
Eastgate Pictures
Tel: 001-212-751-6234

Director’s Statement

Here at Chow Down headquarters, we know that in the 21st century, chronic diseases account for 70 percent of deaths in America. Yet many scientists and doctors believe that most of these diseases can be prevented, and some even reversed, with food choice. We were spurred to make this film when we learned about startling nutrition research, that should be redefining the treatment policy of devastating chronic diseases. But instead, because it is not profitable or convenient, the food, drug and medical communities are largely ignoring this research. When we started making the film, there were a lot of unknowns. We didn’t know if we’d find subjects that would let us into their lives; we didn’t know if we would be able to secure interviews from doctors and health policy experts. But despite these challenges, we were certain of one thing: We had an obligation to share this information with people, and we would make this movie.