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The Future of Meat…


Pictured above (on the set of We Love Paleo 2) is Bobby Gill who works for the Savory Institute, and today we’d like to share with you a worthy article presenting the benefits of the Savory Institute’s system.

 

Rise of grass-fed meat forces industry to shift”

 

This article is of utter importance to us because it is one of the fundamental point we shall cover in We Love Paleo 2.

Savory’s mission “to promote large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands through holistic management”  brings forth the notion that the best thing for nature–and us–is to have animals such as cattle grazing the land therefore eating what they were meant to eat and moving like they were meant to move (much like ancient hordes).

With its focus on whole, unprocessed, natural–and whenever possible organic–foods, the ancestral health movement ties in directly with holistic management.

Sure, you don’t have to be paleo to support regenerative agriculture but you would be hard-pressed to find a paleoterian who doesn’t support holistic land management! Case in point: the revival of grass-fed beef spearheaded by the ancestral community.

We know the ancestral movement is pro-Earth (and not at all destructive like some groups would like us to believe) which is why we decided to focus on meat sustainability and regeneration in We Love Paleo 2.

If you want to find out more about the Savory Institute and the good they do in this world (and donate), go here.

Yours in optimal health,
The WLP team

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!

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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

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.

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

World Premiere in London — feedback & photos

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With the buzz of the carnival outside, groups dancing and crowds smiling, we began our own celebration inside The Gate cinema in Notting Hill.

On August 31st, we had our World Premiere! Where we were joined by numerous Paleo bloggers, friends and some of our cast and crew. As the attendees arrived, the drinks began to flow (a big thank you to Jameson!) Although the foyer was small, the room began to fill and became crowded as more and more appeared. As you can see we were having a great time!

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The time had come. We made our way into the huge cinema theatre, decked with red velvet seats, which held the screen behind the classic red curtain. All we needed now was an usher to hand out popcorn and ice cream. Everyone had taken there seats and the film was about to begin.
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Unfortunately despite testing, we did have a few technical problems with the projection, over-exposure and shown at a different aspect ratio leaving some of the subtitles to be cut off, but the film was enjoyed all the same. After a lengthy applause, we kicked off our Q&A. Along with the Director and Co-producer, Caroleen Moise Reimann and Co-producer Tjard Reimann, the cast of the film also took to the stage, Irena Macri, Darryl Edwards and Mark & Pete Davis. Questions about the challenges, benefits and advice towards Paleo brought up a great discussion and why it is important for people to watch this documentary.

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Here’s what people thought of the film:

“A truly superb documentary film. I absolutely loved it.” Richard Baggs, Primal Pantry

“A superb film.” Jill Gardner, Hate It Change It

“Excellent documentary detailing how a back-to-basic approach to health can holistically bring you back in tune against the current stem of epidemic health problems.” Jerry Dhillon, Evolution in Fitness

We would like to thank everyone who came to the premiere and to OurScreen and The Gate cinema that made it all possible. We all had a great night and was a good first-run of the film. We can’t wait to show the film to the rest of the world!

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photo credit: Tibor Kardos

We Love Paleo: Released Trailer

Hi guys, Caroleen here.

Today marks an important milestone in any film’s development process.—It’s the day we share We Love Paleo’s trailer with the rest of the world!

While this is long overdue, we hope you will find it entertaining, enticing and that it ultimately makes you want to see the film once it’s released. (Read on for more details about that.)

Our goal with We Love Paleo is to reach a larger, more mainstream group of people who might otherwise never come across the paleo principles and ultimately inspire them to try it out for themselves. All this whilst entertaining them with a good story.

There’s something in it for paleo enthusiasts too, who will probably enjoy the fact that there’s (finally) a film touching on obvious topics such as nutrition, but also, fasting, sprinting, movement, chronic cardio, sleep and lots more.

Enjoy and thanks in advance for sharing our trailer with anyone and everyone you think WLP might benefit once it comes out!

NOTE: To view all our pre order packages, go here.

1- Is it finished? Nope. But we’re almost there!

We’re still working on animations that pack a punch. Bootstrapping the whole post-production (as you probably already know from earlier posts) and completing motion graphics ourselves to the highest possible standard along with chasing up external media clearances (which often takes a long time) has proven to take way longer than expected… Thanks for having faith in us.

2- Why did you create a trailer before finishing the film? We felt like you can only stop sharing material with your audience for so long before people start thinking the film will never come out or (worse) forget about it altogether. It was therefore imperative that we have something to show for all our hard work even if some of our better animations didn’t make it into the trailer. Thus although WLP will be showcasing plenty more animations, great clips and archival footage… there’s only so much you can show within a 3-minute clip.

3- When are you releasing it? There’s a lot of chasing around for formal permission when you’re using other people’s material (such as photos, video, etc.).—This is where I secretly wish I was Sofia Coppola and could readily use my “filmmaker’s magic wand” (i.e. the phone) to get everything sorted almost instantly. This said, we really don’t see ourselves releasing the film beyond summer 2015.

4- Is this the only trailer for the film? Yes, unless a third party (aka a film distributor) wanted to cut a new version. We’re now focussing on getting WLP passed the finish line within the next couple of months.

5- Will you be submitting the film to festivals? Yes, we do have some in mind. Our approach is to submit the film to festivals that don’t require us to premiere at their event since we don’t want our audience to wait any longer to enjoy our debut feature documentary. We’ll surely keep you posted on those developments as well.

That’s it for today!

Speak to you soon again,

Caroleen

New year. New insight: working as a Producer on WLP.

 

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I want to let you in on a little secret. I’m not Paleo. (Cue the shrill screams).

Way back, when I first begun working on We Love Paleo with our Director Caroleen, I thought that my biggest problem was going to be my dietary status. I couldn’t give up the opportunity to work on the film, nor the chance to scoff another donut. So I figured, something had to give if I was to work in a foreign world of tight bods and tasty meat juices. How could I contribute something to this team, other than my dedicated producing skills, and fit in?

It turns out that, while yes, the majority of our cast and crew is in fact Paleo, something could be gained from being the outsider of the group. Perhaps I could take advantage of this perspective and use it to make our case bigger and better…

Enter criticism.

You get a lot of this ‘criticism’ stuff when producing a feature film, especially when it’s the director’s first feature film, and even more so when you tell people, investors included, that a good portion of the funds are to be crowd funded. But add in the term ‘Documentary’, and the subject ‘Health’, and all manners are thrown out the window.

Believe it or not, overcoming the ‘funding’ obstacle may not have been the hardest challenge in producing We Love Paleo. It was the undeniable criticism of what our team stood for, that was the more sensitive issue to work around. Being able to support, justify, and represent your own film is essential, so as a non-Paleo, and member of the general SAD-eating public, I found myself in a strange dilemma: what if people find out? It turns out, that this was an unfounded worry, as I was able to embody the typical audience member, the outsider to paleo, intrigued by what they saw, and spurred on to find out more.

Problem is, opinions are as populous as 2 cent coins, and in today’s digital day and age, the web is littered with easily available comments and criticisms on just about anything.  As with any way of living, dieting, thinking, or behaving, everyone has a different way to do it, and in producing We Love Paleo, we knew that this would be an undeniable issue. The Paleo diet is not brand new. Actually, it’s tens of thousands of years old, but the movement as we see it today is still shiny enough to get people talking. In fact, the Paleo diet has been covered by Time magazine, The Telegraph UK, Scientific American, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and countless other online and print publications. So it’s no surprise that for the huge number of supporters there are of the Paleo diet, there are just as many critics, meaning that our team has to deal with criticism on a daily basis.

The Paleo lifestyle is not a religion, and we want people to think for themselves. It is infinitely more effective in the long run to make people aware of the health dangers that exist in modern life, rather than to force them to fit in a box of what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. Have you ever gone to the doctor about an ailment, and left feeling less sure about your diagnosis than when you entered? Everyone’s body is different, and what works for some, may not work for all. Evidently, through the medium of film, We Love Paleo succeeds in spreading our message of healthy eating and living to the masses. But more importantly, it is the individual, who thinks for him/herself, understands our message, weighs up the options, and reassess his/her lifestyle, eating habits, and routines that makes the difference. This is what Paleo thrives on, and the reason why today, it is so popular and talked about.

 

Cheers,

Sigourney (aka Ziggy)

Post-Production Update or How a Film Can Become a Communication Tool

We Love Paleo--Irena Macri from Eat Drink Paleo

 

It’s time for an update on where we’re at, what we’ve done so far vs. what’s left to do, to call it a film!

First of all, you can watch our latest and greatest video piece by clicking here.

Whilst it is not a trailer, nor even the way in which the final product will be cut, it is a fairly good representation of the general tone, look, and feel for our independent feature, so we wholeheartedly recommend that you watch it and hope you enjoy what you see.

So, we’ve been busy on all ends, starting with getting the music themes right–if you haven’t heard samples of work in progress, take a moment to click here.

If it’s not the footage being stitched together to create a unique feel and a compelling story, it’s our animation style being fleshed out, so that we can come up with something that is both entertaining and which gets the message across.  Our small team is completely committed to finding the best way to communicate the most important information about this way of life.

Each and every time I sit down to edit, my first questions are invariably, always the same: ‘How can this film help people whilst staying interesting? How can this be used as a tool to reach the mainstream?’ 

Because, believe it or not, many people out in the world never read about health and nutrition.

Luckily, those same people who hardly ever surf the web hungry for information, that, mind you, would surely improve their health or better their lives, do watch films to entertain themselves after a hard day’s work.

Enter: We Love Paleo; with its cornucopia of well-constructed animations, statistics, quotes, imagery, tips, and charts. Whilst the film certainly isn’t about drowning people in a deep sea of boring data, it is about conveying information on how to start implementing the paleo lifestyle right there and then.

This, guys, is what we believe in, and why we’re doing this: to inspire and empower the guy or girl next door to start doing something about that diabetes, constant fatigue, or muffin top.

Perhaps one may find the idea of raising awareness about a (still very ‘niche’) lifestyle via a crowd-funded independent documentary, daft or naive. However, we choose to think that word-of-mouth, our grass root marketing efforts, and our fans’ support (such as yourself reading this right now), will bring the film to the forefront. Besides, films like Food Inc, Supersize Me, and Food Matters have all been able to create a positive impact out in the world and make a mark on our collective minds. More than ever, the world is ready for a film about paleo and what IT has done for countless individuals around the globe.

Plus, we honestly believe there’s something in We Love Paleo for everyone: whether it’s a revelation, useful information, entertainment, inspiration, food for thought (pun intended), empowerment, or all of the above!

Stay tuned for our Holiday Giveaway Madness, starting in less than 24 hours, as well as information about our future test screening to be held in London and elsewhere.

Until next time, be healthy and enjoy life.

Caroleen