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Film file

Culinary Cinema

At the Fork

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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.

John Papola

USA 2016


Documentary form
94’ · Colour · QuickTime ProRes


John Papola
Lisa Versaci
Kim Sturla
Mark Bittman


Written and directed by
John Papola
Lisa Versaci, Cristina Colissimo
Director of Photography
Matt Porwoll
Joshua Meyer, Sandra Adair, Alessandro Vlades Rochin
Graham Reynold
Sound Design
Tom Hammond
Paul Graff
John Papola, Lisa Versaci, Christina Colissimo, Jordana Glick-Franzheim
Executive Producer
Dave Matthews
Vadan Less


John Papola

John Papola is an award-winning writer, producer and director with more than a decade of experience in broadcast television as a creative principal at MTV, Nickelodeon and Spike TV. He is the CEO and Executive Creative Director at Emergent Order, a creative agency and production company, and director of the feature documentary At the Fork.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

Produced by

Emergent Order

Crossover Productions

World sales

Samuel Goldwyn Films