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
E-mail: julia@chowdownmovie.com


Festival-Screenings - Awards
 
2009

IDFA’s Docs for Sale



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 

 


Synopsis
 

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
E-mail: rowestgate@aol.com


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.