Secret Ingredients

A film by Jeffrey Smith and Amy Hart

Secret Ingredients is a film by Jeffrey Smith and Amy Hart about GMOs and pesticides. It shares the stories of families that have healed from chronic diseases by eliminating GMOs and pesticides from their diet. Their stories are backed up by scientists and physicians who explain the science behind health risks of GMOs.

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Amy Hart, Director/Producer/Editor

Amy Hart is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer dedicated to shedding light on important global health issues. Based in California and NYC, Hart is the founder of CenterPeace Films and Photography.

Hart directed and produced an award-winning film on global water issues entitled WATER FIRST: Reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The film was shown at numerous conferences and festivals around the world including the World Water Forum, the UN African Water Summit, the UN Environmental Programme, the World Expo in Spain, Amnesty International Film Festival in Sweden, Pan African Film Fest in LA, The American Public Health Association annual meeting, Environmental Film Festival in our Nations Capitol, The Rhodos Environmental Film Festival in Greece, which won her a Fulbright Cultural Exchange Award to travel to the Greece for the premiere. She also won an International Jury Award at the World Water Forum in Mexico City, and an Initiatives for Women Award. The film was picked up for educational distribution by Bullfrog Films and is now in the libraries of nearly every major academic institution of the country. It was shown on UN TV on World Water Day and was shown repeatedly on Malawi TV.

Hart has specialized in global and public health issues since 2002 when she became the producer of educational broadcast programs at the University of Albany School of Public Health. During her five years there she directed, produced and wrote 125 hour-long broadcast programs featuring health experts speaking on an array of topics literally from AIDS to Zoonosis. Many of the programs included short field productions that she also directed. The programs were funded by the New York Department of Health, and the CDC. Among the many programs, she produced several specials on Chronic Diseases for the NYS DOH Division of Chronic Diseases. The programs garnered five Telly Awards. 

Hart founded Public Health Productions at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) where she produced and directed videos and campaigns on public health and population health for NYAM, as well as other organizations including UNICEF, the Institute of Medicine aka National Academy of Medicine, NYC Health and Hospitals Corp., and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

Amy Hart met Jeffrey Smith when she took her camera up to the Heirloom Seed Expo in Santa Rosa in 2014 with the intention of doing a photo essay on an angle of the organic food movement. Jeffrey Smith was a speaker and moderator of a panel on GMOs. Their very first conversation was about making films on GMOs together - so began Secret Ingredients.

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