Local Actors Create New Animated Series During Quarantine

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Posted by Bob Evans

Crush Media (KC) is proud to present “Food People” – the world’s first-ever all-ages international animated cooking show made during quarantine!

Food People – featuring celebrity guest star Jerry Torre of “Grey Gardens” fame – is a fully-animated, story-based sitcom about what our foods are, where they come from, and how they can all work together to become part of a bigger recipe.

“Ugh! My greatest goal in life is to have a human child take a selfie with me!” -Blueberries

The idea was first stirred up by Kansas City’s own Brodie Rush, actor, animator, and longtime front-man of his band, Be/Non. He teamed up with Cori Anne Weber in 2018, and they’ve been dreaming about producing “Food People” ever since – but tragedy struck in Oct 2019 when Brodie suffered an aortic dissection and found himself just minutes away from death. Two emergency open-heart surgeries, 6+ long months of recovery, and one global pandemic later, and he’s back – this time with a plan he cooked up to feed the world.

“You see, when new foods arrive in the fridge that usually means there’s gonna be a show.” -Juicebox

Each episode of “Food People” begins with a new food landing in the fridge. As the show progresses, you automatically learn what ingredients are needed to make a particular recipe based on which characters are featured in that story. Through their crazy adventures, pop-culture references, and completely-predictable food puns, you end up learning all about each food and the “bigger recipe” they’re going after. But – our characters won’t be showing you how to cook the food because their story always ends with you: home videos of our Souper Fans making these recipes in their very own kitchens.

“How we’re cooked is up to the humans. Your job is just to follow my instructions, and look delicious.” -Salt (the stage manager)

Our goal is to relate to every child and adult, no matter who they are or where they live in this world and remind them how food shapes our lives and brings us together as humans. Because just as the past, present, and future of all foods are equally important, the same is also true for all people.

“It’s true! We’re all made of the same stuff.” -Chocolate Milk

The production also features a special celebrity guest – Jerry Torre, star of the 1975 documentary “Grey Gardens” – as well as Brodie, Cori, and 30+ professional actors from Kansas City, Chicago, L.A., and Orlando. But they aren’t just actors. By day, they’re also school teachers, bank managers, massage therapists, students, animal rescuers, food truck owners, and more! We’ll also be featuring the artwork, comics, and animations of the kids in our community and integrating those segments as permanent pieces in our show structure.

“Everyone’s just waiting around trying to figure out who’s gonna get selected for the next recipe.” -Juicebox

“Food People’s” Kickstarter Campaign launches on Oct. 1, 2020. We will have 1 month to raise enough funds to produce Episode One and get stipends to our artists all over KC and across the country. Anyone who donates to the campaign will receive a digital download of our pilot episode (and more!) in November 2020, but it will not be posted online for streaming until January 2021. If our campaign is successful, we will immediately begin producing Episode One (available March 2021) and launch our next campaign to continue funding the full series.

“We can all have longer, happier shelf lives if we work together.” -Juicebox

Visit foodpeople.tv for more information, and PLEASE follow our campaign on Kickstarter to help us become a featured project within their platform!

“Ok, ok, I’ll introduce you. But NOOO autographs.” -Orange

“Food People” cast of real people include: Kristen Altoro, Rashid M. Bey, Breon Bliss, Alec Bridges, Jordan Cerminara, John Cleary, Sara Crow, Michael Dragen, Raheem Fielder-Bey, Necia R Gamby, Katie Gilchrist, Lacy Goettling, Hunter Hawkins, Caitlin Jackson, Kirk Jackson, Cameron Mabie, Mark Edward McNeal, Natalee Merola, Te’ Minor, Rosie Moon, Mandy Morris, Christoph Nevins, Phil Newman, Justin Oettle, Dave Owens, Nick Padgett, Chuck Pulliam, Jerry Rapp, Brodie Rush, Nova Rush, Mike Terlouw, Jerry Torre, Cori Anne Weber, Katie Reinsel Willis, Andy M Wilson,
“Food People” is created by Brodie Rush. The show is written, produced, and directed by Cori Anne Weber and Brodie Rush. Art direction, graphic design, and animation by Brodie Rush; original soundtrack by Brodie Rush, The Grand Marquis, and Cori Anne Weber; web/media Design, Cori Anne Weber; marketing/press coordinator, Cori Anne Weber.
Show Rating: all ages
“Food People” can also be reached via the following channels:
Email- foodpeopletv@gmail.com; Facebook-facebook.com/foodpeopletv;
Instagram- @foodpeopletv; Website- foodpeople.tv; Kickstarter- kickstarter.com/projects/corianneweber/food-people-episode-1

 




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