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Exclusive clip: Liz Marshall’s Hot Docs film “Meat the Future” explores cell-based meat

Director Liz Marshall (The Ghosts in Our Machine) will premiere her latest documentary Meat the Future on Thursday (May 7) as part of Hot Docs at Home on CBC. The film centers ...
May 6, 2020

Director Liz Marshall (The Ghosts in Our Machine) will premiere her latest documentary Meat the Future on Thursday (May 7) as part of Hot Docs at Home on CBC.

The film centers on the U.S. movement toward cell-based meat — also known as “clean meat” and “cultivated meat” – a scientific process of growing animal cells to harvest poultry, beef, pork, fish and seafood.

Filmed between 2016 and 2019, Meat the Future goes behind the scenes with the movements’ pioneers — namely activists, scientists, researchers, marketers and policy experts — who believe the process can help prevent zoonotic foodborne diseases and reduce the greenhouse gases that result from animal agriculture, among other benefits.

The character-driven film focuses largely on one individual, Uma Valeti, a Mayo Clinic-trained cardiologist and co-founder and CEO of startup Memphis Meats. Valeti and his team have attracted investment from the likes of billionaire influencers Bill Gates and Richard Branson and from food giant corporations Tyson and Cargill.

Meat the Future travels to Washington, D.C., where ranchers, farmers, and conventional meat lobby groups fight to protect their recognized brand of meat and beef “harvested in the traditional manner,” while representatives from the cellular agricultural community work to define a clear regulatory framework.

Chefs will also “perform their magic” on the cell-based meat.

Meat the Future was produced in association with documentary Channel, the Canadian Media Fund and the Redford Center Grant, with funding from the New York Community Trust. It was produced in participation with the Rogers Cable Network Fund.

Marshall serves as writer, director and producer. Executive producers are Janice Dawe and Chris Hegedus. Jessica Jennings is associate producer.

The film premieres at May 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBC and CBC Gem, and at 9 p.m. ET/PT on documentary Channel.

Watch an exclusive clip of Meat the Future below:

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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