Reflection On My First Documentary

Accidentally producing a documentary. Not something that happens super often.

I was working as a journalist at a local news show and was encouraged to do an investigative feature.

It turned into a five part documentary about organic agriculture.

Given the budget, both financially, time wise, and man power (it was only me doing the producing, interviews, filming, cutting, story-writing, etc) I really learned my limits and the benefit (and necessity) of working with a production team. I watch it now and cringe because of the way it did not reach it’s potential. But then I remember…. I did the best I could with the cards I was given.

To explore such a controversial topic was an interesting experience. I don’t feel it was done justice, but I learned a lot about interviewing, cutting and communicating.

My highlight from production was definitely interviewing. Chatting with MIT researcher and glyphosate truth teller Stephanie Seneff was wonderfully fascinating.

Researchers and scientists were specialized in different areas, and being a journalist means understanding things to a certain level in order to be able to communicate all the pieces. That was a challenge! But talking with farmers was also fun. I chatted with a couple “organic” farmers (and one “conventional” farmer) and learned their stories. I can’t lie, hearing the organic guys discuss their journey felt so whole and right.

As much as I learned the benefits and stories behind organic philosophies, it also impacted my own personal journey of eating in feeling free to eat non-organic fruits and vegetables. I still prefer to support that way of growing and put cleaner food into my body, but I realized that in such a polarized conversation, the other side had some valid points too.

I still buy mostly organic produce, and always the dirty dozen, but other crops that are less pesticide heavy, and local, that have been genetically modified as a seed, I eat fearlessly.

All in all, it was a great experience to produce this. I grew personally, professionally and in prayer for the world and it’s people.