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James Beard Award Winning Web Series to Switch Focus From Food to Refugees

The Perennial Plate will share immigrant stories and a little hope.

Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine of the Perennial Plate.
Photo courtesy of the Perennial Plate

Daniel Klein is a chef and filmmaker who first turned his lens on his backyard - at first literally, a backyard in South Minneapolis and then on Minnesota as a whole to discover local food makers. The sweeping vistas and gentle humor that he and his co-creator, dedicated camera operator and eventual spouse, Mirra Fine garnered their show an international following. After soaring ratings from the first season, the duo set off across the country to find more food stories. Eventually, the Perennial Plate traveled worldwide and told countless stories of people laboring to create delicious and sustainable things. In addition to receiving a couple of James Beard Awards for their series. The duo also took a turn hosting PBS’ Victory Garden television show and had a baby.

Things were going beautifully, and then the last presidential election happened and the way they saw our world, shifted. Klein explains in their most recent video, “That moment made me think about how I could have a real impact on the direction of our country.”

Thus, the new project is to turn the cameras on a segment of the population whose stories they believe need to be told: that of immigrants and refugees. Five videos will share the stories of five different families, around the dinner table.

The noble intention of this new project is to humanize people and directly target viewers through Facebook who might not identify as regular viewers of such shows. “We don’t want to preach to the choir.” Moderate voters will have these stories pop up in their feeds.

Additionally, the videos will be edited into a pilot that will be pitched to Amazon, PBS and Netflix in the hopes of gaining an even wider audience for these personal stories.

Of course, none of this comes cheap. The Kickstarter goal is $50,000, Klein breaks down that the money will go towards paying the Perennial Plate staff, but mostly focused on the targeted marketing.

Resistance through Storytelling

Dear Friends, after much thought about how we can best impact the direction of our country, we have decided to put our filmmaking skills toward the Resistance. Please watch, read, share and contribute to our Kickstarter campaign... and let's Celebrate the America we love: immigrants and refugees included.

Posted by Perennial Plate on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Kickstarter campaign just kicked off and has 28 days to reach its funding.

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