The Gateway Bug follows the rise and fall of edible insect startups in America, exploring cultural taboos in diet and agriculture, and exposing America’s disconnect with the idea of our food system courting climate catastrophe. We witness the inauguration of the American Edible Insect Coalition, pioneering technology in Silicon Valley, and the conversion of viewers into activists, igniting social change through education. Interviewees include professionals from the UN, USDA, NRDC, to TV host and chef Andrew Zimmern, Shark Tank star Pat Crowley, employees at commercial cricket farms, attendees of bug eating festivals, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Recent studies show a global shift to an ento/plant-based diet would reduce mortality 10% and cut up to 70% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The Gateway Bug follows a unique route toward a brighter future as told through an insider’s intimate journey.
RUN TIME: 84 Mins
FILM PROGRAM: Documentary Features
DIRECTOR(s): Johanna B. Kelly
PRODUCER(s): Johanna B. Kelly, Cameron Marshad
SCREENWRITER(s): Johanna B. Kelly, Cameron Marshad
KEY CAST: Dr. Sonny Ramaswarmy, Andrew Zimmern, David Gracer, Pat Crowley
DIRECTOR BIO: New York-based Aussie filmmaker Johanna B. Kelly’s credits include seven feature films as Production Designer, including cult indie Like Lambs, shot on 35mm (Atlanta and Boston Int. Film Festival premieres, 2016), and horror flick Seclusion (Hoboken Int. Film Festival, 2016). The Gateway Bug is Johanna’s directorial debut.