John Corry, producer of “PlantPure Nation” and “Forks Over Knives”

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John Corry—a veteran filmmaker and producer whose credits include “Forks Over Knives”; he also produced “PlantPure Nation,” a documentary screening at the 8th Annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest, Nov. 4 at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park—recalls how he began his career shepherding TV and film projects.20150420hoplantpurehealth He explains how he became involved with “Forks Over Knives,” and acknowledges that his work on that acclaimed movie felt different—more meaningful—than past projects. Corry describes being invited to work on “PlantPure Nation,” and when he saw an early version, recommended that the film’s story be bolstered and broadened. The resulting doc chronicles what happens after T. Colin Campbell, the revered scientist and author of the PPN-The-KY-House-of-Representatives-smallerinfluential “The China Study,” delivers a powerful speech on the floor of the Kentucky State Representatives: Campbell, his son, Nelson, and a Kentucky State Representative named Tom Riner team up on a pilot program documenting the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Corry notes that “PlantPure Nation” filmmakers are considering adding a postscript to the movie—which was completed in 2015, and is available on Netflix—to update the viewer on what’s changed, including some of the key legislators Use-this-onespotlighted. Meanwhile, the film has served as a jumping off point for everything from a grassroots movement to a full-fledged commercial enterprise: PlantPure Health & Weight Loss, which Corry characterizes as the first weight-loss program providing meals that are plant-based—the company trumpets its arrival with a high-octane eight-person panel, including Dr. Campbell, Nelson Campbell, Kim Campbell, Dr. Michael Greger, and Corry, convened Nov. 15 as part of Et Cultural Festival, a nascent SXSW-like event in St. Petersburg, Florida. (www.plantpurenation.com, www.tampabayvegfest.com, https://etcultura.com)

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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