Guess who was visiting Down Under?

Hi everyone, Caroleen here.

A few days ago, one of our team’s favorite people, Darryl Edwards was Down Under for speaking engagements at AHS NZ 2017 and I had the pleasure of catching up with him at iconic Bondi Beach in Sydney…

If you don’t know who Darryl is, he is a Primal Play Movement Coach, Nutritionist and successful published Author of Paleo Fitness and Paleo from A to Z. I truly admire Darryl, simply because the guy keeps it real. He’s not only unpretentious and humble but he is genuine in his rapport with fellow human beings. Plus he knows his s#!t. That’s why he will be appearing in our second film, We Love Paleo 2.

While we caught up over a naked grass-fed burger and grilled fish, I couldn’t resist asking him a few questions about his participation in our sequel…

1- Darryl, thanks for appearing yet again in another one of our films. Why did you agree to do so? 
I’m passionate about spreading the health benefits of the Paleo lifestyle – which were delivered so well in the first movie. However it’s also important to raise awareness about how we can make better food purchasing decisions that have less negative impact on the health of the planet. The second movie aims to address this point.

2- In WLP2, you talk about a UK burger chain that delivers fresh meat from a biodynamic farm… Can we ever hope for other fast food chains to source their animal products in a similar manner or is it more of an idealist’s dream?
The U.K. burger restaurant in question was a gourmet burger chain so there is an expectation from the consumer to pay more because of the quality of the food, which in part includes the farming methods of the suppliers, in this case biodynamic and organic.

While there is a price premium we can expect the consumer to seek out these restaurants and for more restaurants to offer biodynamic produce on the menus. But it is unlikely that typical fast-food burger joints would follow his model as the price point is so low.

3- What would you say to someone wondering if this film is going to be worth their while?
Absolutely. WLP2 dispels some of the myths associated with meat consumption and sustainability and clarifies what we can do to support our own health goals as well as that of the environment.

To buy any of Darryl’s books or find out more about the outstanding ancestral health proponent of movement go to: Primal Play

That’s it guys; stay tuned for more news on our second movie and how it’s all going!
 
Yours in optimal health,
Caroleen, Indie filmmaker

Updates on We Love Paleo and WLP2!

It’s been a while… Time for an update on our two films, my friends!

We Love Paleo
We Love Paleo, is STILL going strong since its release in January, 2016!  You see, we might the impression that paleo or ancestral health is ”so 2015”. Everyone knows about it and no one cares to see a film showcasing the lifestyle…

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Every week I get yet another email from someone wondering if we’re working on subtitling the film in their language. Most of the time their enquiry stems from a growing concern for people in their community who are ”riddled” with lifestyle diseases and who direly need to become aware of ancestral health.

So I am pleased to let yo know that we are working on subtitling We Love Paleo in two additional languages thanks to passionate volunteers who want to give back to their fellow human beings.

If you are (or know) someone who would like to help subtitle the documentary in your native language or any language other than French, German, Spanish and Czech, simply use our contact form to get in touch!

We Love Paleo 2
We’ve decided to push back our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. (Photo shown above.) That’s right: our new campaign launch date has yet to be determined.–We’re hoping sooner rather than later, though.

Whilst making an indie film is down right rewarding, it can also at times be a real b!tch; our team has decided to develop our core concepts a tad more before we go out and ask for our fans’ support. Make no mistake, however: just like our first film, this documentary sequel is definitely getting made and it will be a darn good one too!

Stay tuned regarding our campaign launch date: we will be needing our loyalest supporters to renew their faith in us by backing the second film.

Find out about WLP2’s subject matter: http://welovepaleo.com/were-doing-it-again-we-love-paleo-2 

Best,

Caroleen, Indie Filmmaker

We Love Paleo 2—Teaser

The word is out, guys: we’re making We Love Paleo 2 and there’s no going back!

If you read our last post from a couple days ago you would have seen that filming began at Paleo f(x) in Austin, last May. Our creative team composed of Co-producer Vanessa Lemaire (An Acquired Taste), Consulting Producer Jilann Spitzmiller (Still Dreaming, Shakespeare Behind Bars, Homeland), Cinematographer Andrew Baird (Little Mermaid), and yours truly at the helm of it all.

Whilst we work our editing magic and prepare our Indiegogo campaign… check out the little teaser we’ve put together for ya’ll!

This film is important for it aims to instil a not-so-novel paradigm into the mainstream; from an ecological standpoint, food production sustainability may not come from the eradication of animal products in favor of plant-based food products, but rather from the modification of the current meat production system and the progressive elimination of other, less talked about ecological culprits of our global food system.

And we also have a marvellous host of people to help us convey this crucial message!

We’ll have former cast members such as Naomi Seifter from Picnik Austin, Michelle Norris from Paleo f(x), Darryl Edwards Nutritionist, Author of Paleo Fitness as well as Author of The Primal Blueprint, Mark Sisson who had a cameo in We Love Paleo and is now back in full force in a powerful interview.

Add a new cast of scientists, farmers and authors… and this sequel is bound to deliver on its promise of shaking up the conventional environmental wisdom.

We truly hope that our audience will support us in our effort to fund the remainder of the production once we launch our Indiegogo campaign, in August this year.

Until next time, stay well and thrive,

Caroleen,                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Indie Filmmaker, WLP and WLP2

 

We’re doing it again: We Love Paleo 2

Hi everyone,

We’re completely stoked to let you know that we are doing it again.

That’s right: we’re currently producing sequel feature documentary, We Love Paleo 2.

Our main topic will be focussing on how consuming responsibly produced paleo foods can positively impact nature by being an active agent of its renewal. WLP2 has for main objective to introduce the idea that food production sustainability may not come from the eradication of animal products in favor of plant-based food products, but rather a drastic reform of the current industrialized meat production system and the progressive elimination of other, less talked about ecological culprits of our global food system.

You see, for food production to be sustainable (before even talking about it being restorative or regenerative), it needs to be in symbiosis with nature’s processes (whether it be soil, air or water). Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? Yet so far we’ve been doing everything but.

WLP2 will touch base on the underlying concepts of such synergy by clarifying some of these processes and demonstrating how we can go beyond sustainability. All this with a stellar cast to boot!

So last May, we went to Paleo f(x) in Austin Texas to shoot eight interviews with the best of the best. This is only the first round of filming, however. We plan on shooting more interviews and stories this fall following our crowdfunding campaign in August.

What can you do to help us succeed in bringing this important film to the screen?

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Stay tuned for our next post as we reveal our outstanding cast members and tell you more about our exciting new project!
The WLP filmmaking team

Why paleo on a global scale is more sustainable than you think.

                                                                                                                                  image source: Earth from Apollo 15.jpg – Wikimedia Commons 

 

A poignant article called How the Anti-Meat Narrative is going to get us all Killed was recently posted online and it prompted me to dust off the below article to give my own five cents worth…

People who don’t understand paleo (essentially a whole foods’ movement), give paleotarians flak for eating animals.

The knee-jerk reaction I get when I tell someone about my lifestyle is almost always: ”eating paleo is unsustainable for the planet because of the meat aspect”. This often coming from someone who has made next to little effort to eat foods from more sustainable sources. The irony of it all…

But despite the irony, they happen to be right… to some extent. Because indeed, everyone including the most fast-food-addicted junkie will agree that the state of affairs at the moment with factory-raised livestock worldwide (especially in the US) is inhumane, unethical and definitely unsustainable.

However, beyond this fact, is eating paleo really unsustainable?

Here’s what I generally respond when people give me grief for my “carnivorous” diet.

  • If you eat whole foods, you’re definitely not eating fast food anymore. You care about where your food comes from; you go to the farmer’s market and by local produce, including your meat and animal products. You also buy grass-fed, hormone free and perhaps even organic if you can afford it (and most of the time you can). Get most of our world population eating this way and it (again) equates to less feedlots around the planet. No more feedlots not only = no more livestock being raised (and mercilessly sacrificed), but also the survival and revival of entire ecosystems (fauna and flora), once decimated by land clearing.
  • No more grains, means you’re no longer part of a long chain of events which leads to more land clearing this time to grow wheat, corn, soy, barley, spelt and other such things for human consumption. Because if you’re going to quit eating meat in favour of grains, you will be indulging in an eating practice that also results in animals being killed for the sake of feeding humans. People might not like or want to admit it but it is definitely a reality. Ultimately, we all have blood on our hands and annihilating our planet’s eco systems on such broad scale to feed our species isn’t sustainable either.
  • Eradicating grains to exclusively grow vegetables and fruits translates into substantially less fresh water needed to irrigate plant fields.
  • A whole foods approach devoid of grains (and most) dairy products definitely minimises that negative impact we have on nature.
  • When you consume whole foods, you don’t overfeed yourself because your hormonal hunger signals aren’t out of whack thanks to crazy-high quantities of carbs in your diets contributed mostly by sugar and grains–which are known to derail hunger hormones such as leptin. Thus you eat when hungry and stop as you start to feel satiated. Less less food consumed equals less resources to sustain your body, which ultimately leads to eating less animal flesh even if you were to eat meat at every sitting.
  • Because you’re lean (like a lot of paleotarians I know), you ‘re more likely to use less resources.
  • As a paleotarian, you might even practice the art of intermittent fasting (as I do); you might go 16 to twenty hours without a single morsel of chow. You end up eating 1-2 meals per day as opposed to the three square meals and two snacks the average person would eat.
  • Because you understand how nutritious offals are, you consume its marrow, organs and blood. You end up consuming more of the animal–which is something we touched on in We Love Paleo. Doing so, obviously translates in less waste and a lesser number of animals being killed year in year out.

To some extent, I can understand why a dietary practice involving eating animals would come up against misconceptions and resistance. There’s no doubt in my mind that the current state of affair regarding the meat industry worldwide is fuelling the polemic. However, demonising the consumption of a food that has been proven to be very nutritious, and to some extent essential to our health is not the solution either.

Hopefully, films like ours will favourably turn the public opinion around on the matter.

 

sources:                                                                                               https://www.nwf.org/~/media/PDFs/Wildlife/EndangeredbySprawl.ashx
https://www.wilderness.org.au/impacts-land-clearing                                                                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/leptin                                                                                                                https://chriskresser.com/b12-deficiency-a-silent-epidemic-with-serious-consequences          https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26750191                                                        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26750191

 

Our indie documentary now available subtitled in… Czech!

Watch the film now with Czech subtitles. | Podívejte se na film s českými titulky teď.

We’re very happy to announce that you can now watch our film on VHX in Czech language. That’s right… Czech!

Perhaps it’s your native language or you know someone who speaks Czech and could benefit from watching We Love Paleo in their native tongue.

All you need once you’ve rented/purchased the film is to select Czech in the drop down menu, just like this:

Oh and before we go, we would like to publicly thank Alena Suchá, our devoted volunteer who worked tirelessly for months on end to translate a film she felt very passionate about!

Watch the film now. | Podívejte se na film s českými titulky teď.

Food Matters filmmaker James Colquhoun’s thoughts on We Love Paleo (aka Love Paleo)

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Earlier this year our film was reviewed by respected Aussie documentary filmmaker James Colquhoun (who co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed the likes of Food Matters and Hungry for Change).

Our debut documentary had been selected as part of FoodMatterTV‘s portfolio of quality films and that alone was great validation for us! Then came Colquhoun’s coverage on our piece as it was officially released. Chuffed.

Here’s the article:

“Are you curious to know if there’s any truth behind all the Paleo talk? Could it really be healthy? Or is it just the latest craze?

Nutrition can be a heated topic at the best of times. And when it comes to Paleo, people tend to sit in the ‘passionately for Paleo’ camp or ‘wholeheartedly against it’ school of thought.

But whichever side of the fence that you currently sit in, ‘Love Paleo’ offers a fresh perspective on what the Paleo Diet is all about. It strips back the hype and focuses on real-life stories of people who follow this way of eating.

 This film chronicles how people from all walks of life, ranging from chefs to doctors and nutritionists, have healed their health issues by taking on a Paleo approach.

In doing so, this film clears the misconceptions about what the paleo lifestyle actually involves. It explains how this way of eating is about ‘uncomplicating’ food and returning to a way of eating that builds our bodies, instead of breaking down our health. 

More than anything, it offers an alternative possibility to the standard western diet that is the current cause of so much disease. 

I was surprised by how much of this film made ‘common sense’. While it certainly presents an evidence-based argument, it also offers information that resonates in an intuitive way as well.

So if you’re interested in eating real food, curious about the Paleo diet, or want to discover inspirational stories of health, I encourage you to watch ‘Love Paleo’ today.”

You can read the article on FMTV here.

We Love Paleo Live on iTunes Australia as ”Love Paleo”

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Great news! Our film just received a PG rating from the Australian Classification Board last Friday. (Finally.) It is now live on iTunes in Australia and will also be available soon in Australia on FetchTV, Sony Playstation, X-Box, and Google Play.

This means that we have yet a broader outreach to our audience and the mainstream… because not everyone know about VHX.tv, right?

Now remember, we launched online worldwide under the name Love Paleo; to buy the film on iTunes in AUSTRALIA go to: http://apple.co/1oVRzXE

Patience pays off everyone!

Stay tuned for more exciting news on how WLP is “conquering” (and hopefully changing) the world.

Caroleen

WLP available on iTunes in French, Spanish and German.

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Hi Folks, Caroleen here.

Wow, January  and February are already well behind us! Where did the time go?

We hope you’re doing well so far and that everyone’s year started with a positive BANG!

Ours certainly started very well with our distribution of We Love Paleo in French, German and Spanish since January 01.01.2016!

As a matter a fact, you can now go to the following shops to buy sub-titled in these languages:
in FRENCH on iTunes FRANCE
in GERMAN on iTunes GERMANY
in SPANISH on iTunes MEXICO

So spread the word and share with your French, German and Spanish speaking friends so they too can learn about Paleo and start turning their lives around!

And rest assure that we’ll be updating you with more news on the film and insights from the paleo community… so stay tuned guys.

WLP announces a SECOND signed distribution deal!

Gravitas_Ventures_logoThings are getting very exciting over here.

We’ve signed yet another deal, this time with a large US film distribution company called Gravitas Ventures. They’re one of the biggest out there and are a well-respected, well-known distribution company. If you’re in the know when it comes to distribution in the US, you’ve definitely heard that name!

So here’s how the story goes in a nutshell…

Rewind to December 2014.

I was looking at my emails at 4am… I know, I know, not very paleo but for some reason I had awaken and found nothing better to do than to check emails on my iphone. And there it was black on white: one of the high executives at Gravitas telling me how he had stumbled across our Berlin clip and was open to watch the final product. I seriously had to rub my eyes (it was 4 am after all) to check that the email was legit… because I had heard of Gravitas through filmmaking peer circles and here they were coming to us! So of course, we had a long chat a couple days later and it was agreed that we would stay in touch and submit the film to them once finished.

Fast forward to early August, 2015.

By now we’ve completed the film and sent it to GV for their perusal… and that’s it! They were still interested in getting We Love Paleo on their slate for a WORLDWIDE ONLINE RELEASE.

Now apart from being a cute little story, what does that have to do with you?  A couple things actually. If you didn’t buy the film at early bird prices or if you have purchased your copy but would like all your loved ones to see the film, then you’ll be glad to know that it will be WIDELY available online on other platforms. Dates and specifics have yet to be discussed but we promise to keep everyone in the loop.

The other great thing is that GV has a total reach of over 1 BILLION houses everywhere around the world! Now that’s pretty impressive if you ask me. We might be able to achieve our dream of changing lives around the world with our documentary, after all.

And it doesn’t stop there: as our worldwide online distributor, they will be taking on the tedious task of getting the film translated in French, Italian and German. We were always going to do this aided by passionate volunteers, but having someone else handle the nitty gritty in its entirety will allow us to go on and create other documentary projects.

As always, make sure to watch this space for further great news and a firm release date for the film.

Have a great week-end!

Caroleen