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What difference can food really make? A documentary film about six people who make the radical choice to face cancer with their plates. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on March 7, 2014.

What difference can food really make? A documentary film about six people who make the radical choice to face cancer with their plates.

About this project

We were blown away when we reached our stretch goal on March 4th (3 days before the end of the campaign!!)  Energized and empowered by our enthusiastic and generous backers we allowed ourselves to dream bigger and set a new stretch stretch goal:

$115,000 would allow us to visit each of the patients one last time and shoot an update as we launch into post production.  This would be a dream come true for us.  It would also allow us to cover extraneous costs like archival footage, translation, festival submissions and insurance.  We know that it is a big number but if we have learned anything from this process it is that a community of passionate people can really make dreams (and stretch goals) come true! 

On February 14th, due to an overwhelming outpouring of support, we reached our initial goal of $68,000, only 10 and 1/2 days into our campaign!  We are incredibly grateful to the community of people who have rallied around us and now, with renewed energy, are striving for a stretch goal, which will allow us to make The Food Cure film even better!

Our stretch goal:

As we've said, $68,000 is the minimum we need to proceed, but we would like to complete the film with the highest possible production value. In our calculations, we've cut every corner possible to keep costs down - if we make our $98,000 goal, we will be able to afford to give THE FOOD CURE a proper musical score and a top-notch finishing editor! The more we raise now, the further we can get in paying for these costs!

The additional funds will be used for:

  • THE FOOD CURE Musical Score 
  • Top-notch Finishing Editor 
  • Title Design & Graphics
  • Subtitles

Any funds raised beyond the $98,000 goal will be used to pay for archival footage, trasnslation, festival submissions and insurance costs.

The Food Cure is a feature length documentary. It follows the stories of six ordinary people who make a radical choice, in the face of a devastating diagnosis. THE FOOD CURE is a rare and intimate look at the world of alternative cancer therapies and asks big-picture questions about food, health and the future of cancer treatment.

The statistics these days are startling: 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. The purpose of this project is to tell surprising and compelling stories but also to encourage open-minded, critical debate. 

The patients in the film are following a controversial nutritional therapy based on the idea that strengthening the body's own immune system will allow it to detect and kill cancer cells on its own.  This may seem far-fetched but it is the same idea behind some of the most promising and cutting edge new cancer research.  Are holistic methods and high-tech medicine finding some common ground?  Could the future of cancer treatments really be hidden in our own immune systems - and our food?

THE FOOD CURE hopes to add to a growing conversation about how food can impact the prevention, survivorship and ultimately, curing of cancer.

Director’s Notes: 

Everyone seems to have an opinion about nutrition. It’s impossible to keep track of all the latest crazes in nutrition and diet fads. But beyond slimming the waistline and influencing the environment, what power does nutrition really have? Can it heal diseases, as some people claim?

We wanted to do more than just hear the pro and contra arguments of the experts - we wanted to find out what REALLY happens to patients who decide try a controversial alternative treatment. Once they leave the confines and relative safety of orthodox medicine, they also leave the world of data and numbers - to date, there are no reliable statistics about patients who choose nutrition over other treatments.

So we did something ambitious. We found six cancer patients in the US, Canada, Switzerland, and France, who opted for a nutritional treatment to fight their cancer, and asked them if we could follow them throughout their therapy - no matter what the outcome - for three whole years.

We followed these six very different people from different backgrounds, countries, ages, and with different cancer types around with our camera to capture everyday life on this therapy - through the setbacks and achievements, family events, and medical testing.

This film does not intend to and can't replace any scientific studies - what it will offer is a rare and exciting inside look into the controversial world of alternative therapies and the lives of six individuals who have chosen to fight cancer with their plates. The results surprised us and challenged some of our own preconceptions. Now we look forward to sharing these stories with a wide audience! - Sarah Mabrouk, Director

We have been working on this project for four years, including research, travel, and an intense filming schedule. At this point, we are ready to start post-production BUT that happens to be the most expensive part of the filmmaking process. That’s where you come in: We need your support so that we can finish THE FOOD CURE and release it to audiences as soon as possible! We have a great team of investors that have gotten us this far but we need an extra push to get THE FOOD CURE past the finish line.

Instead of seeking more traditional funding options we decided to come straight to you, our audience, to back the film because we think making a film should be a community project and YOU are our community! Crowd-funding THE FOOD CURE means that we can complete the project on-time with the integrity, objectivity, and intent of the film in tact. It also means that we can connect with people who share our passion for food, health, and critical thinking -- spreading the purpose and the message of THE FOOD CURE.

Once you become a backer you are officially part of THE FOOD CURE team and we are counting on you to spread the word to make sure that we all reach our goal together.

If you aren’t in the position to give financial support, we hope that you will share the campaign with as many people as you can and get in touch with us for other ways that you can contribute!

Please take a minute to “like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter.

First and foremost, backing a Kickstarter project is about being part of something- a community of passionate and like-minded do-ers.

Your first reward is the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with backing something you believe in and helping to make a film come to life.

Luckily, there are also a lot of rewards that give you great STUFF and unique EXPERIENCES available exclusively to our illustrious supporters. Be sure to check out the full list to find out what else you could get out of being a member of THE FOOD CURE community.

We have spent a lot of time crunching all of the numbers and coming up with a straight-forward and realistic budget for our project. This way we can be transparent with you (our backers) about what funds we need and exactly how they will be used. Our first goal:

This money will be used for:

Editing - Sound Design - Color Correction - Fees (Kickstarter, Amazon Payments, Rewards)

Any money raised beyond our initial goal will be used to cover the costs of an original score, a finishing editor, the purchase of archival footage, and translations for different-language versions of the film.

We couldn’t have made it this far without the advice, guidance, and support of the following individuals:

Christine Kitta - Dennis de la Haye - Patrick Lindhof - Daniel Vulcano -Stefano Strocchi - Tyler Measom - Annita Seckinger - Beata Bishop - Kathryn Alexander - Stephen Alexander - Anita Wilson - Adrian Barkla - Enis Mabrouk - George Mallon - John Lockard - David Lyon - Tom McMillan - Sabine Dohrn - Dine Hadj-Mabrouk - Lee Wagstaff - Daria McWilliams - Kathy & Ray Blavatt

An extra special thanks to Paul Wheaton and the "permies" community for generously promoting and supporting our project.  Check out www.permies.com  for great information and forums about permaculture in the whole world!

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Risks and challenges

Making a documentary film is an inherently risky business but we are confident that we can meet any of the potential obstacles head on. In fact, many of the biggest obstacles are already behind us.
For example, the footage for the film is already shot which puts us closer to the finish line and keeps the risk of an incomplete project to a minimum.

There is always the potential challenge that more funding will be needed to complete the film. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as: editing takes longer than anticipated or unforseen events require more filming days. This would hold up our completion date but would not keep us from completing the project. No matter what, with the money we raise here we will have a strong rough-cut version to show investors and distributors which will help us secure any additional necessary funds.

We promise to keep our backers up to date on any new risks and challenges and to be straight-forward and transparent about our brilliant plans to tackle them!

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    THE "STAY IN THE LOOP"-STER: Our endless gratitude, the wonderful feeling of helping an independent documentary about a thought-provoking subject get made, AND regular update newsletters on the film's progress.

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    THE BIG DEAL : Let the world know you helped! You get the above plus a shout-out on Twitter and your name on our official website "Thank You" page.

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    THE BEHIND THE SCENES: You get special, members-only access to a PASSWORD PROTECTED PRIVATE SECTION of THE FOOD CURE's website with unique, frequently updated behind-the-scenes content and clips, plus all of the above!

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    POST-IT! : Get a complete set of THE FOOD CURE original design postcards with a variety of quotes attributed to Hippocrates. Mail them to your friends or use them in your own home. (set includes 4 postcards with different, attractive designs). You also get the "BRING IT HOME" package.

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    BRING IT HOME: A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the completed film! Plus everything from "THE BEHIND THE SCENES-TER"

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    TOTALLY TOTE-ING IT: Carry your organic groceries around in style with an official THE FOOD CURE tote bag. You also get everything in "BRING IT HOME".

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    THE HARD COPY: AN OFFICIAL DVD of THE FOOD CURE, complete with bonus scenes and DVD extras! Plus the "BEHIND THE SCENES-TER" package!

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    WEAR IT : Get your own THE FOOD CURE organic cotton T-shirt (seen here on the Kickstarter Page) and a tote bag. You also get the "BRING IT HOME" package.

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    THE MOVIE BUFF : A fancy and official THE FOOD CURE movie poster, signed by the director! PLUS - everything from the "BRING IT HOME" package.

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    **NEW!** COOK IT: Get "THE FOOD CURE Cookbook", a custom-designed digital cookbook containing beautiful photos made by our team and yummy, nutritious recipes contributed by various characters from the film! Delicious!! You also get the "BRING IT HOME" package.

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    THE BOOKWORM : A digital download of Kathryn Alexander's incredible book DIETARY HEALING (the bible for many holistic doctors). This is probably the most comprehensive and intelligent book about nutritional healing out there. Alexander is featured in The Food Cure film. PLUS, you get everything from the "BRING IT HOME" package.

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    ***NEW LIMITED REWARD***
    This special edition reward to celebrate being halfway to reaching our goal! It includes: a copy of "A Cancer Therapy" by Max Gerson, a central character in the film. PLUS a Food Cure Tote bag AND a Digital Download of the film. Scoop it up while it's hot!

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    THE GIFT-ER: 3 Copies of THE FOOD CURE DVD so that you can share it with your friends. Plus a pack of ORIGINAL DESIGN POSTCARDS so that you can include a personal message.

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    THE COMBO 100:
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    THE COMBO 150:
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    THE ART COLLECTOR #1: You get a SIGNED, NUMBERED, LIMITED EDITION SILKSCREEN PRINT specially designed for THE FOOD CURE by Berlin designer Christine Kitta. Plus, the "BRING IT HOME" package.

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    THE ART COLLECTOR #2: Signed and numbered 8 x 10 print (of your choice) from THE FOOD CURE photo series by Berlin photographer Dennis de la Haye. PLUS the "BRING IT HOME" package.

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    THE COMBO 250:
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    THE ART COLLECTOR #1 or THE ART COLLECTOR #2
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    A FOOD CURE TOTE BAG!

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    THE ART COLLECTOR #3 : A signed and numbered original Frederic Lafargue photograph (your choice) print 10 x 15. Plus a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film.

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    ON THE BIG SCREEN #1: Have your name included under "Special Thanks" BEFORE the rolling credits plus THE COMBO 250! You're practically a producer!

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    ON THE BIG SCREEN #2: Add a name to the dedication before the rolling credits of THE FOOD CURE. Plus THE COMBO 250!

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    TALK TO ME #1: A 60-minute Skype phone call with the director of THE FOOD CURE where you can ask her anything you want to know about producing an independent documentary and what she has learned about nutrition along the way.
    + A "Special Thanks" or "Dedication" before the rolling credits
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    TALK TO ME COMBO: Get a 60 minute Skype conversation with the director + a 30 minute Skype conversation with one of the patients featured in THE FOOD CURE + A "Special Thanks" or "Dedication" before the rolling credits + THE COMBO 250.

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    THE RED CARPET: 2 Tickets to a premiere screening of THE FOOD CURE (Travel and accommodation not included) + a pre-screening dinner with the Director and members of the film team + the ON THE BIG SCREEN package. + an organic cotton the FOOD CURE t-shirt.

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    THE CO-PRODUCER COLLECTORS PACKAGE: Congrats, you're a part of the team! You get: A) “Contributing Co-Producer” OFFICIAL CREDIT on the film! B) A LIMITED EDITION SIGNED SILKSCREEN print as described above. C) A signed SIGNED HARDCOVER copy plus digital download of Jess Ainscough's book "Make Peace with your Plate", D) A SIGNED HARDCOVER copy of Kathryn Alexander's book "Dietary Healing" plus a digital download E) a THE FOOD CURE movie poster signed by the director F) TWO TICKETS to a MAJOR FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING AND PARTY! (Travel & accommodations your responsibility.) G) Your choice of a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD or DVD of the film. H) A film T-shirt and tote bag.

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    THE CO- PRODUCER "MEET THE FILMMAKER" PACKAGE: A) Dinner with the filmmaker at a nice (and healthy) restaurant. Talk about the filmmaking process, and find out first-hand from the director about some of her insights after 4 years of researching on the topics of nutrition and alternative cancer therapies. B) A half-hour Skype talk with one of the patients in the film (we can't promise that it will be your first choice, but will try!) C) A “Contributing Co-Producer” OFFICIAL CREDIT on the film! D) A LIMITED EDITION SIGNED SILKSCREEN print as described above. E) Your choice of a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD or DVD of the film. F) A film T-shirt and tote bag.

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