The Perennial Plate

Danny Klein takes us on an adventure in sustainable food and adventurous living

Kickstarter: Resistance through Storytelling

After much thought about how we can best impact the direction of our country, we have decided to pause The Perennial Plate for the summer and put our filmmaking skills toward the Resistance. Over the past 7 years, we have filmed and become friends with a wide cast of characters -- from catfish noodlers in the back woods of Mississippi to goat farmers in the mountains of Morocco. These people have changed our lives, and helped us to know that most people are just looking for the best life for their family. With the current political climate and divided media and facebook feeds in the US, that story isn\'t coming through. So, we are launching a kickstarter campagin to bring positive immigrant and refugee stories to the facebook feeds of folks whose feeds might be more prone to a negative narrative. To make it happen, we need your help: we\'d love a share on facebook, but it would also be especially appreciated if you could email this with a personal message to those whom you think may be interested. Our Kickstarter campaign is over, but you can still donate...and let\'s celebrate the America we love: immigrants and refugees included.

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Inspiration, Move Me Brightly!

With two days left, we made it to our goal!  Over 600 people came together to support Immigrants and Refugees -- and the idea that storytelling has the power to change perspectives. Kickstarter campaigns are hard, but doing this campaign inspired us: We were inspired by your generosity — from donations of $1.00 up to $5,000. We were inspired by the kindness of our “neighbors" as we received donations from Ireland, Australia, England, Mexico, Singapore and Tajikistan. We were ...


The Value of an Idea

I swore I would never do another Kickstarter campaign.  Back in 2009, and then in 2011, we asked our viewers to contribute to our campaigns to make The Perennial Plate possible...and you did. It was motivating and wonderful.  Since then, we felt like we had “graduated”.  We would find other ways to fund our filmmaking aspirations...and we did.  We’ve produced over 170 films from the help of Travel Companies, generous donors, grocery associations, small and big businesses, and tourism b...


How to find a story like McGrath’s

People often ask how we find our stories. There are many ways: Sometimes they come recommended, sometimes people recommend themselves, and other times we stumble upon them. McGrath’s is the latter. I had been looking for someone in Ireland to show us a blood pudding recipe using real blood (I know, the vegetarian…). Though blood pudding is a very common dish in Ireland, finding someone making it in the traditional way of using fresh blood (and willing to show you their secrets) is not. ...