Following the successful release of Woke Up Alive, Mark Blacknell and I formed Owl Cat Pictures and began to conceive of what our next documentary would be. One of my passions outside of film and music is cooking, and as I began to learn more about the food I was eating, I started to think about a documentary what could explore the different ways that people relate to their food in a spiritual sense.
Amidst the ever-growing concern over health and the food we put in our bodies, a number of documentary films have already been made addressing the potential dangers of fast food, genetically modified crops, and chemical preservatives. But how does the way in which food is grown, prepared, and eaten affect us, not just in terms of our physical health, but on a mental and spiritual level as well?
Our ancestors knew that food was something inherently sacred. But over time, as civilization changed, our food shifted from nourishment of the self to fuel for the body. There is a rich but forgotten history of sacred eating, and this new documentary will examine these concepts both in the traditional as well as more modern food movements that attempt to "reclaim the sacred."
Sacred Food will begin as an exploration of the statement “you get out what you put in.” What do we put into our food, not just in the form of ingredients, but also in the form of spiritual importance? How does the way in which we prepare and eat our food affect us? Where has the modernization of cooking and the food industry led us? And equally as important, as we shift our focus from nutrients to nourishment, what do we take from our food? Sacred Food will talk with the researchers, writers, spiritual teachers, and health fanatics who are searching for their own answers to these questions, as well as the people who have been living the practice for years.
And finally, how does one come to the conclusion that food is sacred? Does sacred eating help to form a sacred person, or is food just food? Is it possible to reintegrate the sacred back into daily eating, or are there invariably going to be lifestyle tradeoffs, and if so, to what degree? The connection between ourselves and our food is a spiritual examination that is both ancient and timely; as we begin to better understand the food we are eating, it becomes all the more necessary to better understand we who are eating it.
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