RSVP to see the premiere of  American Meat!Come join us for the exciting Iowa premiere of the groundbreaking documentary American Meat, which chronicles America’s grassroots revolution in sustainable farming on Wed. August 3rd at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City!

Directed by New York City filmmaker Graham Meriwether, the movie explains how America arrived at its current industrial system, and shows you the feedlots and confinement houses, not through hidden cameras but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there.  The story shifts to the burgeoning sustainable, local-food movement of farmers, chefs and everyday folks who might just change everything about the way meat reaches the American table.

The documentary features: Virginia farmer Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms and Omnivore’s Dilemma fame, and several leading Iowa farmers and activists, including organic farmer and agronomist Fred Kirschenmann, hog farmer Chuck Wirtz, Niman Ranch Pork Company founder and manager Paul Willis and Food Democracy Now!’s own Dave Murphy and Lisa Stokke (that’s us).

American Meat has been called “journalism as art.”

Come Join Us for the Beginning of a New Food Revolution – American Meat

The Gallery Room of the Englert Theatre will open for a 6 p.m. catered dinner featuring local meats and vegetables from Devotay, Atlas and other local restaurants.

Tickets for the movie and dinner will be $20. Movie tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at:

Movie starts at 7 p.m. August 3rd Englert Theatre

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Followed by panel discussion:

Graham Meriwether – American Meat, Leave it Better
Francis Thicke – Organic dairy farmer, 2010 Candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Dave Murphy –Food Democracy Now!
Lisa Stokke –Food Democracy Now!
Jason Grimm – Iowa Valley Food Coop

Wednesday August 3rd

The first Iowa screening for the film will be at 7 p.m. at the historic Englert Theatre, followed by a panel discussion with Francis Thicke, Dave Murphy and Lisa Stokke of Food Democracy Now!, Jason Grimm of Iowa Valley Food Coop and Meriwether.

The Gallery Room of the Englert will open for a 6 p.m. catered dinner featuring local meats and vegetables from Devotay, Atlas and other local restaurants.  Tickets for the dinner will be $20. Movie tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at:

Saturday August 6th

The first Saturday screening, followed by a panel discussion, will be held following the Iowa City Farmers’ Market at 12:30 p.m. in the Illinois Room of the U-I Student Union.  Tickets are $10.

Another screening and panel discussion is set for the Illinois Room at 6:30 p.m.  All ticket purchasers will receive a free burrito at the Iowa City Chipotle restaurant.

What they’re saying about American Meat!

  • “American Meat offers a thoughtful, engaging look at livestock production in the U.S. Rather than engaging in polarizing diatribe, the documentary respects the personhood of both factory-type farmers and their pasture-based counterparts.  At the end of the film, both groups can sit down and have a conversation, which is exactly what creator Graham Meriwether would like to see happen.


  • “American Meat is a very positive, forward-thinking look at how to improve meat production in our nation. And by improve, I don’t mean more meat, faster. I mean producing better meat, healthier meat, and tastier meat, while restoring our small towns, economy and the dignity of America’s farmers.”


  • “Great documentary! I can’t wait until it is out on DVD so I can share it with my friends, family and elected officials!”

— Becky Warren Waganer, on American Meat Facebook page,!/AmericanMeat

  • “American Meat is journalism as art. Graham Meriwether manages to hold a mirror to the business of protein production while still reflecting our common humanity. It takes extraordinary discipline and courage to let people tell their own stories, which is where the film really shines. Those voices are then assembled into an invitation to cavort on higher ground, with dignity for the eaters and the eaten. Masterful.”

— *Suzanne Nelson, pastured livestock farmer and former journalist (with Roll Call)