Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife Lisa, offer up a timely and refreshingly unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for our consumption. With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, Papola asks the tough questions behind every hamburger, glass of milk and baby-back rib. What he discovers are not heartless industrialists, but America’s farmers — real people who, along with him, are grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food.
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The At the Fork challenge is a national campaign that offers participants a step-by-step plan to improve the lives of farm animals while expanding an ethical eating lifestyle. You’ll receive 21 days of higher-welfare and plant-based recipes and a “Daily Challenge Recipe” from featured chefs, and we’ll introduce you to the three R’s: refuse, reduce, replace. In each email you’ll also receive helpful shopping guides, expert articles, information about higher-welfare products, fun facts about farm animals, and information on how you are making a difference.
Director John Papola is the CEO and co-founder of Emergent Order, and an award-winning creative with more than a 15 years of experience in broadcast and digital media. As a creative executive at MTV, Nickelodeon and Spike, John launched numerous new shows, developed industry-leading branding practices, and produced/directed a number of documentary-driven specials. An economics geek with a passion for complex ideas, Papola is known in international education and public policy circles as the co-creator of the Keynes vs. Hayek video series, which has brought macroeconomics to millions of people worldwide.
Lisa Versaci is a veteran television producer with an uncanny knack for spotting talent. While at Nickelodeon, Lisa produced longform specials for the network’s premiere properties and spearheaded many successful network initiatives. With her husband John Papola and At the Fork editor Josh Meyers, Lisa is a co-founder and co-owner of Emergent Order, a creative agency based in Austin, Texas. Lisa has been on a plant-based diet for 26 years and is responsible for single-handedly convincing Burger King to add a veggie burger to their permanent menu.
Cristina is a screenwriter, director, producer, impact producer and partner in Crossover Productions. In addition to creating the docu-series Ivory Wars for Animal Planet and Discovery International, Cristina produced and co-wrote the award-winning documentary One Lucky Elephant, and directed the short documentary When A Tree Stands.
Jordana’s most recent producing credits include the award winning and critically acclaimed documentary One Lucky Elephant, and the feature films What’s Your Number, starring Anna Faris, and Extraordinary Measures, starring Harrison Ford.
Sandra is an award-winning film editor who has enjoyed an ongoing artistic collaboration with film director Richard Linklater, having edited 18 films for him over the past 23 years, including Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, and Boyhood, for which she received an Academy Award nomination.
Josh is a co-founder and co-owner of Emergent Order and a broadcast TV veteran with two decades of experience. Josh has produced and edited numerous award winning campaigns for global brands including Star Wars, the Truth, and WWE. During his off hours, Josh is an avid pug enthusiast and hangs out with his rescue pug Salsa.
Born in Mexico City and based in Los Angeles, Alejandro has worked on such critically acclaimed projects as Maid in America and Killing the Messenger, which won RTDNA’s 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award for Documentary News.
Matt Porwoll is a Brooklyn-based cinematographer. His most recent work, Cartel Land, won Best Cinematography awards at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and 2016 Cinema Eye Honors. The film was also nominated for a 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Austin-based composer-bandleader Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls. His score to the Robert Downey, Jr. feature “A Scanner Darkly” was named ‘Best Soundtrack of the Decade’ by Cinema Retro magazine. Graham is a recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital award.
Paul Graff is a sound mixer based in Los Angeles.
Canyon Darcy is a production assistant at Emergent Order who loves getting in over his head in all things film, drone, and VR.