The Kickstarter campaign to help fund The Push, a documentary by 26-year-old culinary scene advocate Grant Michael about the Indianapolis restaurant community, is close to being fully funded. Here’s why you should help make it happen.
A: I grew up an hour north of Indy, worked in a few restaurants and have been in food sales for about a year and a half. I’m invested in the community here. My family is here, and most of my friends make a living in the hospitality industry so it just makes sense for me to invest time and energy to help it grow.
Q: So just what is this Push documentary all about?
A: After three years of having dozens of conversations about the outlook of the local culinary industry with chefs, brewers and farmers across the city and thinking “I wish I could record this so we can look back in five years,” I’m finally doing it. That’s what this story is. It’s not about one point of view or set of ideas and ideals. It’s about shedding light on where we are, where we’ve been and how we are going to get to where we’re heading.
Q: What do you expect to find out?
A: I anticipate being able to present the way Indy’s food scene has grown over the past decade and to uncover if the same catalysts that got us here will carry us into the future. We have seen a lot of growth over the past five years especially, and there is always room to grow and build on what we have. I’m excited to dig into that idea through interviews with some of the key local players in the industry.
You can donate the campaign here. Look for the documentary to be released this fall — Jolene Ketzenberger