September 19th was the LA premiere of Jeremy Seifert’s film GMO OMG. This was the very same day that BC’s Mayors and councillors voted YES for a GE FREE BC! I was so excited that I was barely coherent! Having already seen the film, written a review about it and a post about the wild success of the UVIC campus screening… I was wondering what to say about the LA screening at the Landmark Theatre.
First of all what does one WEAR to the Premiere of a Documentary Film dealing with serious GMO issues? In Los Angeles? Long? Short? Glittery? Revealing? Funky? Jeans? Following the Style-Diet Principles, my outfit would be Locally-Made, and/or Ethically-Sourced and/or Re-Purposed.
Photo-op with Director Jeremy Seifert, Producer Jill Howerton, and Producer Joshua Kunau.
I was hoping to see a bevy of Seiferts barrelling down the aisles at the Landmark Theatre. Those little kids stole my heart with their poignant and funny one-liners. Out of the mouths of babes… But the mini Seiferts who stole the show, were at home in bed. Jen, their beautiful, adorable mom was there; she starred in the film as herself, the loving, concerned wife and mother every parent can relate with.
Pretty much a packed house, the theatre boasted celebrities like Colin Farrell who came out to see the film. In fact, at every point I turned there was a familiar face! Other notable guests included Cenk Uygur from the Young Turks, Topher Grace from That 70s show, Robyn Lively, Charlie Day from the film “Horrible Bosses”, the cast of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, Kaitlin Olsen, Rob McElhenny, Glenn Howerton, Molly Sims, Mike Bronner, Laurie David and Maryam Lieberman.
When I got back, I told my friend Misty that Laurie David was there and Misty, she got all excited. Laurie David produced “An Inconvenient Truth”. That got us talking about Larry David and the potential for comedy and GMOs. What if Larry David wrote in a character who was striving to be GMO free?! How many goofy sitcom moments could this character get into? Just throwing it out there to the universe….
Below, with Mike Bronner of the Dr Bronner’s Soap Family. Dr Bronner’s family and everyone who saw the film and everyone who is concerned about our food wants GMOs labelled. Even if you think that GMOS are good for you, you should want them labelled so you can choose them.
One of the journalists I spoke to at the after-party said that she was surprised that the film didn’t talk about pesticide poisoning and herbicide poisoning of farm-workers and others. There is just so much compelling, irrefutable evidence for that. Toxic Pesticides and herbicides like atrazine and other agricultural toxins aren’t strictly a GMO issue. However, GMOs and pesticides are inextricably linked. Thus they are directly related, and entirely co-dependent. You can’t grow one without the other…. Again, it brings us back to the irrefutable declaration that people have the right to know what they are eating and what they’re feeding their families. Note Mike’s tee-shirt and support YES on 522. Dr Bronner’s family have contributed significantly towards Washington and California’s labelling campaigns. Mike announced the they are going nearly double that amount. However, this is not even one tenth of the what Big Ag and biotech companies will spend fighting people’s right to know. It’s incredible! Even if you’re not in Washington, please send in a donation if you can. If you are able to volunteer with the phone banks please do. Your help is needed. Here’s how you can get involved http://yeson522.com/
Below is Director Jeremy Seifert being interviewed by a California TV Station:
Producer (and Model and Actress and Activist and TV personality and fellow blogger http://thedailytonic.wordpress.com/about/ !) the beautiful Jill Latiano Howerton with her husband, actor Glenn Howerton. He stars in, writes for, and produces for the TV show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” What a stunning and charming couple!
Associate Producer Daniel McCoy, Location and Post-Audio for GMO OMG (left) Editor Terry Yates (right).
Below is a glowing, expectant mom and supporter of the film Amy Boyer Colgan and her partner. Her foundation is http://www.hopefulfilled.org She said that it’s her mission to make dreams come true. What a great mission to have.
Audrey Smith and Amanda Valloza-Hlavaty below appeared in Director Jeremy Seifert’s first film “Dive”. About dumpster diving, “Dive” was an eye-opener to the amount of beautiful, healthy and safe food that is wasted in N. America. (BTW we currently produce enough food to feed the world twice over.)
Below: Dan Braun from Submarine, the film’s distributors. Submarine’s last big documentary was “Chasing Ice”. Wow.
Here is Ben from Submarine, Dan’s son. These two Braun men were among the snazziest dressed men at the premiere.
Lovely Kyla from Nature’s Path !
Kind server from the catering company. Note the cloth napkins on the tray. Along with with the heirloom tomato soup, the caterers were super green and cool.
Below is Nisha Vida (left), She’s a Fulbright Fellow and Associate Producer for the film. She is working to Make LA a GMO free zone. It will happen! Just a matter of time. The momentum GE FREE BC will carry over and this film will awaken those not yet in the know. Here she is with fellow law student Scarlettah J Shaefer.
The timing of this film couldn’t be better. People are starting to understand that GMOs – that are currently produced in N. America and the rest of the world, not the hope of them – are causing deleterious effects on our health and planet. We’re not talking about the promise of GMOS; we’re talking about actual reality here. Folks asked the panel afterwards, “Well what can we do about it?”
There is a simple answer: Support with your dollars systems and companies that are doing the right thing. With every meal. That’s all there is to it. Support labelling efforts, get involved. And if you really want to be truly defiant, grow your own food. As Jeremy’s son Finn said in the film (I’m paraphrasing ) if nobody buys them, companies will have to stop selling them. In Europe, multinational companies reformulate their products to be GMO Free. I’m talking big companies like Coke, Nestle and Kelloggs. Already 64 countries ban or require labelling of GMOs. I was happy to hear of Costa Rica last week declaring they would prohibit GMOs. Yay Costa Rica! The US and Canada are the only two developed nations which don’t require labelling of GMOs. This is going to change and I see change happening.
This film is awakening the multitude.