Review: ‘GMO OMG’

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Helmer Jeremy Seifert wonders what he can safely feed his family in activist docu "GMO OMG," an Everyman companion to Kristin Canty's "Farmageddon" that combines the folksy charm of Taggart Siegel's "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" and the frightening facts of Robert Kenner's "Food, Inc."

Helmer Jeremy Seifert wonders what he can safely feed his family in activist docu “GMO OMG,” an Everyman companion to Kristin Canty’s “Farmageddon” that combines the folksy charm of Taggart Siegel’s “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” and the frightening facts of Robert Kenner’s “Food, Inc.” His concern: Unlike many other countries in the world where genetically modified organisms are banned due to unknown health and environmental risks, the U.S. is full of them, and they aren’t fully tested or even labeled. Pic should sprout at other fests and, with critical support, stands a chance of specialty release.

At times operating like a more naive Michael Moore, Seifert talks to farmers, environmentalists and politicians who indict the massive agrochemical corporations that spend enormous sums to prevent government oversight of their products and are responsible for Earth’s diminishing biodiversity. He also visits repositories of hope such as the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, built into the permafrost of a Norwegian mountain. Pithy animation and alarming statistical graphics punctuate the attractive lensing, but the pic includes a tad too much of the helmer’s kids.

GMO OMG

Production

A Nature's Path presentation of a Compeller production in association with Heartworn Pictures. Produced by Joshua A. Kunau. Executive producer, Elizabeth Kucinich. Directed, written by Jeremy Seifert.

Crew

Camera (color, HD), Rod Hassler; editors, Terry Yates, Seifert; music, Jubilee Singers; sound, Daniel S. McCoy; sound designer, Jared Selter; animation and graphics, Aaron Bjork, Preston Brown, Erik Duckham, Vance Reeser, Noah Smith; associate producers, Nisha Namorando Vida, Timmy Vatterott, Daniel S. McCoy. Reviewed on DVD, Chicago, Feb. 16, 2013. (In Berlin Film Festival -- Culinary Cinema.) Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, Ken Roseboro, Michael Adam, Sammy Junior III, James Burkholder, Bill Beam, Gene Logsdon, Don Grimes, Jeff Moyer, Mark "Coach" Smallwood, Diane Whealy, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Hans Herren, Andrew Kimbrell, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, Cary Fowler. (English, French dialogue)

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