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Filmmakers / Cast

About Uji Films

Ernie Park and Michael Graziano formed Uji Films in 2007. Their films have aired nationally and internationally in more than 100 countries, are distributed in the educational market, and have screened at a variety of well-known film venues and festivals in the US and abroad. In addition to making films, Park and Graziano have also taught and written on an array of subjects within film and media studies, each having achieved doctoral candidacy in the field – Park at New York University and Graziano at Northwestern University.


Film Subjects

Footage of educators, policy makers, and young people at the center of our film is complemented by a rich spectrum of individuals who are important to school lunch policy and administration but who are rarely included in popular discourse on the subject. For example:

George McGovern—Former senator and presidential nominee, McGovern was essential to the formation of the Food Stamp Program and WIC, was very involved in early school lunch legislation, and since retirement has done much to combat hunger worldwide.

John Block—Secretary of Agriculture under Ronald Reagan. Currently works as an agricultural lobbyist and serves on the Boards of The Farm Foundation, Hormel Foods Corporation, and Digital Angel Corp.

Dan Glickman—Secretary of Agriculture under Bill Clinton and former congressman. Glickman is currently Executive Director of Refugees International.

Saxby Chambliss—Republican Senator from Georgia. In addition to being the ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Chambliss has a personal connection to these issues, as his mother, wife, and daughter have each had long careers as teachers.

Janey Thornton, PhD—Current Deputy Under Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition Service (the office that runs federal school lunch). Thornton is past president of the School Nutrition Association and has more than 20 years of experience in school food administration.

Margo Wootan, D.Sc.—Director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

Ann Cooper—Well-known chef and school lunch reformer. Cooper was hired by Alice Waters’ Chez Pannisse Foundation to revamp school food in Berkeley, CA, and has now embarked on similar efforts in Boulder, CO.

Susan Levine, PhD—Professor of History at University of IL, Chicago. Author of School Lunch Politics: The Surprising History of America's Favorite Welfare Program.

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, PhD—Professor of Public Policy and Economics at The University of Chicago. Her research focuses on education policy, child health, and food consumption.

Debra Eschmeyer—Food and Society Policy Fellow and the Outreach Director of the National Farm to School Network and the Center for Food & Justice.

Janet Poppendieck, PhD—Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, lifelong hunger activist, and former Kellogg Foundation National Fellow, Poppendieck's most recent book is titled Free for All: Fixing School Food in America.

Maureen George—Child nutrition advocate and project manager, Organic School Project.

Jane Black—Food writer for The Washington Post.


Interviewed, but not appearing

Nick Kotz—Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of several books, including Let Them Eat Promises: The Politics Of Hunger.

David Martin—Antibiotic-free (ABF) & organic turkey farmer in rural PA.

Joel Berg—Executive Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, former executive at the US Department of Agriculture (1993-2001), and author of All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America?

Steve McDonnell—A successful entrepreneur, McDonnell is CEO and co-founder of Applegate Farms.

Bill Ayres—Lifelong anti-hunger activist and advocate for the poor, Ayres is Executive Director and co-founder of the NY-based anti-hunger organization WHY (World Hunger Year).

Peter Edelman—lawyer, policy maker, and law professor at Georgetown University Law Center specializing in the fields of poverty, welfare, juvenile justice, and constitutional law.

Kristin Groos Richmond—An experienced social enterprise entrepreneur, Richmond is CEO and co-founder of Revolution Foods.

Kirsten Saenz Tobey—Former teacher and advocate for corporate responsibility, Tobey is COO and co-founder of Revolution Foods.