The LA Foodways film series examines the storied agricultural history of Los Angeles to understand present food waste challenges
and opportunities to bring fresh foods to urban communities.
A Concrete River: Reviving The Waters of Los Angeles
This film chronicles the importance of the Los Angeles River culturally, economically and ecologically. The film traces the extraordinary story of the Los Angeles River, starting with the native Tongva tribes that lived along its banks before the Spanish arrived, all the way through to the present day. Today, with the enthusiasm and support of many Angelinos, the river is roaring back, new, revived and redesigned.
Is There Hope for Planet Earth
Is There Hope for Planet Earth was produced with world-renowned science and engineering California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The film explores the causes and long-term effects of climate change with Caltech paleoclimatologist Dr. Jess Adkins.
Green Wish is creating films to serve as humanistic guideposts that highlight environmental, economic and cultural issues.
LA Foodways is a six-part documentary series and one-hour feature film for KCET/PBS that debuted in spring 2019. Foodways was first coined in 1942 by anthropologists, folklorists and food scholars to describe the study of why we eat what we eat, and what it means: “Food at the intersection of culture, tradition and history.” Our attitudes, practices and rituals around food are a window onto our most basic beliefs about the world and ourselves.
In each episode, we use the past to frame where we are today, to understand the food we grow and the land beneath our feet. We span 150 years of change, from 1870 to the present, focusing on the land in and around Los Angeles and how it has been used and developed into either farms, freeways or front lawns. Over the course of these stories, with this historic view of the change that has come before us, we gain a greater understanding of what Los Angeles is today and invite viewers to consider the future.