A ROAD TRIP TO DECONSTRUCT DINNER
“Diversidad – A Road Trip to Deconstruct Dinner” is a documentary about a group of young Canadians who got on their bikes to raise awareness of the impacts of the World Trade Organization and industrial agriculture.
From the waterfronts of Vancouver to the mountaintops of Mexico, this is a journey that lifts the veil of youthful idealism. They discover that growing food organically isn’t quite as obvious as they thought for reasons they couldn’t imagine. They see that a lot of inner city families in the US do not have access to fresh food, let alone the opportunity to grow their own. Perhaps their biggest realization is that their point of view on the plight of the undocumented farm workers isn’t quite what they had read about before they left their homes back in Canada. As they travel south they begin to realize that perhaps this journey wasn’t so much about what they had to share with the world, but more about what they had to learn from the world.
Upon their return home, they are confronted by the reality of being part of the system they’re fighting against… Can they practice what they preach?
CAN THEY PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH?
A ROAD TRIP TO DECONSTRUCT DINNER
A self-taught filmmaker with 12 years of experience, Jean-Marc focuses his energies in documentary productions. His first passion is cinematography to which he offers his services as a director/cinematographer.
His niche is the creation of positive and heartfelt films that seek to share solutions to the fundamentals problems of our society. This comes from his conviction to play a part in the creation of a more ecological and just society.
Jean-Marc has travelled around the world with his camera and through his explorations in film discovered a second passion in Permaculture, a science of sustainable design through the study of nature. He is gaining more experience as an educator and facilitator, giving workshops in video making and the Permaculture design process. He practices the Chinese art of Qi Gong and has produced instructional Qi Gong DVDs for two of his teachers.
As a Montreal based filmmaker, Adam Thompson, specializes in production and post-production. Working from his studio loft in the Mile-end, he has professional experience on project styles ranging from documentary; Hollywood fiction; to live events & festivals. He has collaborated with such companies as DISCOVERY CHANNEL (CAN); MOMENT FACTORY; CIRQUE DU SOLEIL; & the NFB. Adam’s camera work has taken him all over the world and these experiences continues to be a valuable asset in his evolving sense of storytelling.
His work on DIVERSIDAD was as editor & cameraman. Adam joined the caravan after the bike trip, so he brought an outside perspective to the group. He helped explore the characters and themes of this voyage on wheels, either filming with the team in a squash patch or long nights of editing with Jean-Marc & Stefan. The journey of the DDC became one of filmmaking; politics; and friendships.
Born in Kinshasa of the Democratic Republic of Congo but raised in Montreal, Stefan started dancing at in his late teens and later got involved in theatre before settling for cinema as his life’s passion.
A graduate of Concordia University’s Film Production program, Stefan Verna has been active in the Montreal film community for years as a Director, Cameraman, Editor & Video Instructor to inner city youth.
As a director he has explored various forms of film-making: documentary, fiction, music videos and dance videos. His deep interest in Politics, Afro Culture and Dance has inspired the projects he has pursued.
Matt Tomlinson is a versatile composer and singer/songwriter whose work has been broadcast on Tele-Quebec, Radio-Canada, RDI, TV Ontario, CTV, Bravo, Smithsonian TV, Sundance, as well as at film screenings across the country. Having worked as both an actor and writer, Tomlinson is passionate about films and thrives on the nuances of composing music for documentaries. Diversidad is his second feature score. Other credits include Roadsworth; Crossing The Line, Wal-town Le Film, The Diary, Expiration, and La Cantene Afghane.
As a performer Tomlinson is known for his balance of showmanship and empathy. Frequently likened to Leonard Cohen, his latest album, Place To Stand weaves sparse ballads and epic arrangements in this record that moves like an evening train.
“Matt Tomlinson makes music to inspire. The beauty of Place to Stand is that the intimacy of the album clicks with every listener, no matter where they’re from.” Ryan Robinson MITNG.
Tomlinson is currently working with Yves Desrosiers on a French album entitled, Nouvelle Histoire.
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December 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm
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