"What are you eating?" is the surprisingly provocative question at the heart of Daryl Wein's new film "Consumed." Penned alongside his frequent partner in life and art, Zoe Lister-Jones (who also stars in the film), "Consumed" tackles some big questions in an inventive and dramatic fashion. The film centers on Lister-Jones' Sophie, who discovers that her son's strange illnesses might be linked to the very food he's eating. The feature is billed as "a dramatic thriller in the vein of 'Erin Brockovich'" that "explores the complex world of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)."
The film is also the first of its kind to dive into such issues within a fictional framework and with a recognizable angle, all of which you can see rendered in its brand new poster, which we were exclusively debuting on Indiewire.
Of the inspiration for the film, Lister-Jones exclusively shared with Indiewire via email that "Seven years ago, we stumbled onto the subject of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). It was an engrossing topic, vast in scope, yet undeniably personal. We began the process of trying to understand the true nature of GMOs ourselves; their ramifications on our agriculture, our environment, and potentially our health. From farmers battling biotech corporations, to everyday Americans eating new and novel foods unknowingly, we realized there was a deeply interesting and complex web of intriguing subject matter just waiting to be explored in a narrative film."
She continued, "Harkening back to some of the great political thrillers of the 1970s, we wanted to revisit a time when filmmakers weren't afraid to blend real world politics with story structure and character development. Our biggest objective was to make an entertaining film; but we also saw an opportunity to raise questions around a subject that was impacting us all, but that too few were discussing. The statistics were undeniable: We learned that over 60 countries around the world label GMOs but the US does not. Even more disconcerting was how pervasive they were in our food supply. Over 90 percent of corn and soy in the US is genetically modified. GMOs are found in 80 percent of processed food in this country. Rather than the often faceless debate that surrounds the topic of GMOs, we wanted to create a story that explored how real people confront these issues, in a format that could reach a broader audience."
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Check out our exclusive "Consumed" poster below.
"Consumed" will be available on all digital platforms on March 22.