“The Food Cure”: Crowdfunding on Kickstarter

Documentary on Nutritional Therapy for Cancer Beats Crowdfunding Goal.

The Food CureWith 14 days to go, Sarah Mabrouk, Amy Thomasson and their Upwind Pictures team raised over $75,000 on their kickstarter campaign, surpassing their $68,000 minimum, to fund their film’s post-production costs.  The project met their goal on February 14th – a very nice Valentine’s day gift.  Their $98,000 stretch goal will cover editing, sound design and color correction for their documentary, “The Food Cure.”  The film documentary illuminates a controversial nutritional therapy, based on the idea that strengthening the body’s own immune system will enable the immune system to detect and independently kill cancer cells.

Mabrouk worked for press agencies in Barcelona and Berlin and has more recently covered the Middle East for several respected international news organizations, including AP, BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, FRANCE24, Al Jezeera, Eenvandag, and ZDF. Combining her experience as a writer, television reporter, senior producer, radio journalist, and freelance camerawoman, four years ago Mabrouk embarked on filming her first feature length documentary: “The Food Cure.”

Sarah Mabrouk and Amy Thomasson“The Food Cure” requires viewers to consider the startling statistic that 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and encourage an open-minded, critical debate about the future of cancer treatment and international public health. Following six cancer patients’ radical choices and Dr. Max Gerson’s medical legacy of dietary therapy, as well as the expertise of Complementary, Alternative and  Integrative medical researcher Dr. Michael Schachter’s and UCSD cancer researcher Dr. Cedric Garland, the documentary aims to expose, analyze and critique the link between food and health.

On Kickstarter, Sarah Mabrouk explains the crux of “The Food Cure”:

“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. 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.”

Sarah Mabrouk and Amy Thomasson 2The Food Cure asks the question: “Are holistic approaches and high-tech modern medicine finding common ground? Could the future of cancer treatments really be hidden in our immune systems – and in our food?”

There is not a single person on this planet who has not been touched by cancer in some way.  The premise of the project offers up a fascinating polemic.  Can we cure or treat cancer by altering our environment – the links between food and health.  Watch the pitch video below, you will be impressed.

Over 1000 backers have already pitched in to support this campaign  To incentivize backers, Upwind Pictures is offering a wide range of rewards, including an organic cotton Food Cure tote bag, an e-version of Kathryn Alexander’s Dietary Healing, a digital “The Food Cure” download, tickets to the film’s red carpet screening and more.  A co-producer “meet the filmmaker” (healthy!) dinner package is also an option.

Expected release is scheduled for November 2014.

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