The Future of Food
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DKG Deborah Koons Garcia – Director, Writer, Producer

Deborah Koons Garcia fell in love with filmmaking when she first picked up a Bolex while a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1970. She went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her educational series All About Babies, narrated by Jane Alexander, won a Cine Golden Eagle and a Gold Medal from the John Muir Medical Film Festival, among other awards. Her feature film, Poco Loco, "finds its groove in gentle romantic fantasy" according to Variety, and won awards at the Philadelphia, Rivertown and Orlando Film Festivals. She was the instigator and chief Creative Consultant for Grateful Dawg, a documentary about the musical friendship between her husband Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Grateful Dawg premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and went on to a lively run in film festivals, in theaters and on television. The Future of Food was shown over a dozen times as a work in progress in Mendocino County, California before the March 2004 election and was the primary element in passing Measure H which bans the planting of genetically engineered crops in the county. It is the first time U.S. citizens have voted on this very important issue. The film won an "Above and Beyond" award from the Women Film Critics Circle in 2005. All the people who worked on The Future of Food are proud that our efforts have had a real impact in the real world.


CB Catherine Lynn Butler – Producer

Catherine Butler has over fifteen years experience helping to produce documentary films that seek to tell the stories of people working to make a difference in their part of the world. Many of the "voices" featured on film include those from L.A.’s South Central neighborhoods still grappling with the legacy of the 1992 riots in Rage in the Streets: Why Riots Happen (Discovery Channel); as well as scientists from around the world unraveling the mysteries of both the earth and sky in What's Up in the Universe? (The National Science Foundation); and Seismic Sleuths: Understanding Earthquakes (Discovery/Learning Channels). Other projects featured the voices of kids across America affected by HIV/Aids in the Emmy-nominated The Science of HIV/Aids (Discovery Channel); and in Riskin’It an award-winning documentary about teenagers at risk. She recently produced the feature-length independent documentary The Future of Food which chronicles how the biotech revolution has quietly entered America's food supply, affecting both farmers and consumers alike in one of the largest biological experiments in history. She is also co-producer of the HDTV special Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and the FSA Photographers, a portion of which was featured at the Sundance On-line Film Festival in 2002. Her other production credits include the narrative feature films City Slickers and White Sands, as well as the HBO feature documentary Paha Sapa: The Struggle for the Black Hills. She did her graduate work in film at both American University and the Anthropology Film Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to working in film, she worked in Washington, D.C. for National Public Radio, and in the congressional offices of U.S. Senator John Glenn and Congressman James Courter

Vivien Hillgrove – Editor

Vivien Hillgrove is an award-winning editor with more than 32 years of experience in both narrative feature films and documentaries. Her documentary credits include: Senorita Estravianda,Yakoana, First Person Plural and Heart of the Sea. Her work in feature films include: Henry and June, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Hot Summer Winds, One from the Heart, The Right Stuff, Never Cry Wolf, Blue Velvet, The Mosquito Coast and Amadeus.

John Chater – Director of Photography
John Chater is a freelance director of photography and has worked in the documentary department of the BBC and UK Channel 4. His films have won numerous awards, among his most recent feature-length documentaries are The Future of Food and the PBS feature documentary Small Ball: A little League Story.

Todd Boekelheide - Composer
Todd Boekelheide has worked in film since 1974 and won an Oscar for mixing the music on "Amadeus" in 1984. He has scored several feature films, including "Dim Sum" and "Nina Takes a Lover", and numerous documentaries, notably "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse". In 1999 he won an Emmy for his score for the documentary "Kids of Survival: The Life and Art of Tim Rollins and the KOS". Up-to-date credits information can be found at

Sara Maamouri - Associate Producer/Assistant Editor/Narrator
Sara Maamouri is a documentary filmmaker and editor based in San Francisco. She has worked on numerous award-winning films, her film credits include: additional editor for Drug Wars for Frontline, assistant editor for Promises, short videos for Yosemite National Institute and a feature length film, Jackpot. She also co-produced, directed and shot "Some They Win," Up-to-date credits information can be found at

Sara Needham - Associate Producer/Assistant Editor
Sara Needham is a journalist and award winning documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco. Her film credits include: Changing Habits, about a Gregorian friar living and working in San Francisco's predominantly gay Castro District. She has worked on a number of projects at the top-rated KTVU Channel 2 News, and was nominated for an Emmy. In addition, she was an associate producer and traveled to India to field produce two stories for Livelyhood's "Planet Work".

Kyle Kosup - Animator
Kyle Kosup has worked in the educational media field for over ten years. His animations and graphics have been included in interactive museum exhibits at the Maui Ocean Center, the San Francisco Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Treasury Museum. His work is included in numerous online courses materials and CD-ROM's used by college students across the country. Kyle received the Golden Bear award from the state of California for his series of humorous short animations - the Remote Control Sheep Collection.




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