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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

Our fifth one…

 

Today, we’re really happy to let you know that you can now watch our film subtitled in Portuguese.

This brings the number of foreign language subtitling to an awesome total of five:

AGAIN, this is thanks to the generosity of time and energy from our amazing audience… people like YOU who have come forward to help us out with raising the world’s awareness about diet and health.  This time around we have Hilton, from Paleodiario.com, a blog dedicated to the lifestyle that has seen a ton of people take control of their health and turn things around! We’re forever grateful to these guys!

Check them out: paleodiario.com

Whenever we add subtitles for yet a new foreign language we are become beyond hopeful that some day soon, people around the globe will know about paleo… because whilst it’s now mainstream in North America, this is NOT the case in some other parts of the world. People still wonder what it is, confuse the dietary aspects of it with vegetarianism (or worse veganism). So we know we still have much work to do in the way of exposing people to a way of life that goes against conventional health wisdom, a way that does not involve manmade foods.

Help us help more people: if you or someone you know wants to translate the film on a voluntary basis, by all means, please contact us here.

 

Yours in optimal health,
Caroleen, Indie filmmaker

 

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

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

An Absolute MUST-HAVE Book

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Hi guys!

Caroleen here.

What can I say… we’re suckers for the cool things our people create! Heck, there’s a reason why they made it in WLP: they are awesome, successful proponent of the paleo lifestyle and the community loves their stuff!

In this case, we’re talking about Darryl Edwards’ brand spanking new, Paleo from A to Z. I find the book very useful–there was definitely a gap in the market for such product–I mean how do you explain what ghrelin is to uncle Burt who wants to know what blood “gremlin” is and why he should even care?!

First the design: I’m sorry but who ever said “don’t judge a book by its cover” obviously lived in another era! I mean, that’s all that counts nowadays! If the cover sucks we often think the content will too… because why wouldn’t you have a catchy, sexy cover in this day and age of photoshop and HD stock photography, right?

Luckily Darryl’s book cover is quite simple, playful yet shockingly appealing: the duck tape concept just works.  There’s also something about crisp-white sheets of paper… (Or maybe it’s just me.)

When it comes to its layout, again the book is quite straight forward since it’s a dictionary. What I found really good was the fact that whilst the content hasn’t been dumbed down, it definitely hasn’t been made out to be so complex and elaborate that it can only be understood by someone holding a PhD. This was obviously what Darryl was going for here: mass accessibility. Still, it is worth noting that he has achieved somewhat of a feat here: vulgarizing language that is more often than not complicated and rooted in academia, chemistry and medicine. One only needs to go to the “Resources” section (page 301) to see what humongous task creating this book would have represented for Edwards.

Overall the book covers reasonably well all of the terminologies commonly used by people adhering to the lifestyle and is yet another tool (just like this cool little documentary about paleo coming out soon-wink wink), that can be used to educate ourselves and loved ones about human health.

The product description on www.paleofromatoz.com

The book consists of over 500 topics using jargon-free language and aims to dispel the misinformation that surrounds health and nutrition. The listings are set out in an easy-to-use A-Z format using a simple cross-referencing system linked to related topics. In this book you will learn:

  • The foods to eat and avoid that allow you to enjoy better health.
  • How to decipher acronyms such as HIITVLDLRCTBPA and AIP.
  • Simple tips to improve sleep, reduce stress and regain vitality.
  • How to better understand concepts such as blood tests, the role of inflammation and disease, hormones, and epigenetics.
  • How to make sense of the other choices that contribute to wellbeing – such as the toxic chemicals you should avoid in your food, on your skin and in your home.
I for one am particularly pleased to see the concept of epigenetics steadily making its way into the mainstream.
There’s another exciting thing about The Fitness Explorer’s new book: it’s being translated into German, Spanish and Italian and those versions will be released by the end of this year.–This will no doubt fill the global need for such a reference book.
For now, Paleo from A to Z is available in English on Amazon as an digital or printed book and all these various sites, so go get your copy now!
Have a great week-end everyone,
Caroleen

Newly signed distribution deal with Leap Frog Films!

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The past couple of weeks have been quite alright…

We’ve screened our film at Notting Hill’s 105 year-old cinema, The Gate, for the first time. Many people from the UK paleo community were there and it was quite nice to step out from behind a computer screen and meet people face-to-face! (There shall be a lengthier post about the event complete with photos coming very soon…)

What I want to talk to you about today is the fact that our lil’ doco was “picked up” by an Australian distribution company. That’s right: our team is proud to announce that we’ve signed a deal with Leap Frog Films and they will be setting-up and facilitating theatrical screenings all around Australia in partnership with Tugg Australia and distributing the film in DVD later on and more! To be honest, it’s quite validating to have peers or industry decision makers come forward saying that they’re interested in working with you! Especially when your their company slogan is “Good stories, well told, with heart and substance.” Moreoveer, Leap Frog’s small team have a combined experience in the film industry of over 45 years.

What does this means in terms of actually showing the film to an audience? Well, for starters a cinema owner came forward and asked to host a couple indie films including ours; our first screening in Brisbane at the end of this month and hopefully many more by end of 2015.

We promise to keep you abreast of all further developments. From the emails we receive, we know you are very eager to see the film… So Australia here we come: it’s now time to rally the cinema-going troops and get people in front of We Love Paleo!

Until then, stay well.

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