By Sophia Savage | Indiewire July 27, 2012 at 1:20PM
Magnolia Pictures has picked up Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush's "A Place at the Table" for US distribution. The Participant Media documentary, which premiered at Sundance (while titled "Finding North"; Indiewire's Meet the Filmmakers interivew is here), looks into the hunger crisis in America. It features Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio and boasts music by T Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars. Jacobson and Silverbush also produced, alongside Julie Goldman and Ryan Harrington. Colicchio, along with Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Christina Weiss Lurie and Jeffrey Lurie, executive produced.
This is the second time Magnolia and Participant teamed up on a food-related doc, the first being Robert Kenner's 2008 "Food, Inc.," which received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary. "A Place at the Table" now looks at food issues from a different angle; "shining a light on the 30% of American families—more than 49 million people—that don’t know where their next meal is coming from."
Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles states, “Beyond being powerful, moving, and a real call to action for change, 'A Place at the Table' is an incredibly well made, cinematic and entertaining film,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “It’s a great companion film to 'Food, Inc.' and we’re very happy to be working with our friends at Participant again.”