Producer and Cinematographer
About six years ago, I went on the first of many trips to countries where coffee is grown. In Mexico, Central and South America, Africa and around the United States the purpose of my travels was always the same. My job was to document the symbiotic relationships that are occurring between those who grow, roast and drink coffee. Over the years of telling these stories, globalization, which often is seen as an inevitable and malevolent force, started to look like a good thing.
Preceding these years was nearly a decade of work as the cinematographer of all things food. As I combined these experiences, I started to look more closely at the relationships that were occurring in the business of food. Here, I also found that when a person is connected, in some meaningful way to the source of their food or their coffee, people throughout the chain stand to benefit from that connection.
These relationship stories are the diamonds in the rough of an American food culture that has, by and large, lost our connection to the stuff of nourishment. As issues about food’s nutrition, safety and cost become more of a concern for people, there is a growing need for change. It has taken me a few years to realize, but the most logical place to look for this change was right in my own backyard. I am fortunate to live in Portland Oregon, considered by many to be at the vanguard of America's revitalized local food movement. Hence Ingredients, a documentary film that reveals the challenges and success stories of eating local.
Writer, Director and Editor
"While much has been filmed regarding serious problems in our American industrial food system, little has been done to recognize the substantial efforts of those dedicated to an alternative food supply. With INGREDIENTS I have attempted to witness and reflect the work of individuals who are tirelessly devoted to producing food with the intention of feeding people, and not just turning the wheel of commerce. I have done this work in the interest of improving the health of our children and our environment, which are both at critical junctures. My aim is that the pleasures of eating local are echoed in the experience of watching the film, and that it inspires a greater desire to know the people who produce our food."
Researcher and Producer
Debra played a direct role in selecting the farmers and chefs featured in the film. Debra brings to the table over nine years of experience working with farmers and chefs on sustainable food and farming projects. She built a Food and Farms Market Connections Program from scratch for the non-profit Ecotrust by creating and managing programs such as the Farmer-Chef Connection and Fisherman-Chef Connection. She also developed and published the Guide to Local and Seasonal Products – a direct marketing publication for farmers, fishers, and food buyers.
is the President and Founder of 360 Degree Communications. Before 360's launch in 2001, Corinne was the Associate Publisher of Los Angeles Magazine. For over 12 years, she was a marketing and publishing executive at Fairchild Publications, where she launched two successful magazines. Thanks to her strong media background, Corinne has an uncanny ability to tap the pulse of the media and deliver story suggestions that intrigue and excite media leaders.
Mary Murphy is a partner at 360 Degree Communications. She is a recent graduate of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management with an emphasis on Entertainment Management and Marketing. Prior to receiving her MBA, Mary worked at Lehman Brothers for five years. Mary has worked at 360 since 2006 on some of its most intriguing projects such as Peaceful Warrior, How to Cook Your Life, Bottle Shock, and The Cove. She has a keen interest in ecological sustainability and personal wellness. Mary is an expert at creating innovative grassroots campaigns that target the culinary audience. Her effective campaigns have resulted in sold-out crowds at select theatres on opening night. Mary received her degree in International Economics and Politics from The George Washington University in 2000.
Camera Assistant, Loader - Blakesley Clapp | Location Sound - Jim Baer | Lighting and Additional Camera - Dan Morris