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Coming Soon: A New Documentary Film “Average Joe on the Raw”

Posted by: Dr. Tina Morse PsyD, MFT

Topic: Life News & Events, Natural Gourmet & Nutrition

This is a guest post by Perry Chen – an 11-year-old award winning Film & Food Critic. I recently had the pleasure of connecting with he and his mom Zhu Shen – about life in our urban gardens and the Documentary film she’s producing, “Average Joe on the Raw”. It’s a personal story about a man named Seth Hayhurst and his journey towards healing and a healthier life-style. Zhu Shen and Perry will both be featured in the film and I am really looking forward to seeing it.

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Happy Gardening & Healthy Eating,

If you watched director Morgan Spurlock’s Oscar-nominated documentary “Super Size Me,” and the more recent “Forks Over Knives,” you will LOVE the new feature documentary “Average Joe on the Raw,” about a young man Seth Hayhurst’s (“Average Joe”) incredible 60-day journey on nothing but raw food in the hopes of reversing the damages of 30 years of an “average” American diet.

What did he do and what happened to him? What can you do to improve your own health with what you eat?

As you first see Seth at the start of the film, he seemed like a healthy young man, with a bit of flabby tummy, but not obese. Then he got tested to find that even at the age of 30, serious health issues were lurking around… We met Seth on his 57th day of raw food diet, he looked amazing!
This film is more than raw food. You will meet many interesting people along the way who are closely involved in growing, harvesting, preparing, selling, reviewing, and enjoying food. Mom (Zhu Shen) and I are both featured in the film. I got invited because I review restaurants and food, in addition to movies and events, and can provide a child’s perspective on food. Mom and I grow lots of vegetables and fruits in our backyard. I am also a member of my elementary school’s Garden Club. Mom is a producer of this film, along with our dear friend, fellow producer Angel Burns, who introduced the “Perrific!” filmmakers Seth and Daniel Hayhurst (2 brothers) to us.
The idea for the film started many months ago when Seth Hayhurst talked to raw chef Russell James (http://therawchef.com/). Seth’s brother, Daniel Hayhurst, a filmmaker who graduated from Los Angeles Film School (where my animation short “Guard Dog Global Jam” had its LA premiere on May 20, 2011), became the director and cinematographer for the film. We met all three of them during the shoot and enjoyed learning about preparing healthy, raw food from them!

By the way, since my parents and I watched “Forks Over Knives” and mom and I have been on the set of “Average Joe on the Raw,” we have adopted a diet that is 95% vegetarian with a lot of raw vegetables, and have enjoyed it! Even when we we’re on the road (Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon), we tried to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from local markets. It was fun!
Today, nearly 1 in 3 American children and teens is already overweight or obese. These kids are more likely to develop serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. With America’s fast food culture and unhealthy diet in the past decades, our generation could be the first generation to die at a younger age than our parents, if we don’t make drastic changes soon!

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Perry S. Chen is a 11-year-old award-winning film critic & artist, actor, TV/radio personality, Annie Awards for Animation presenter, TEDx speaker, filmmaker and animator. He writes about movies for San Diego’s largest newspaper, the Union Tribune with over 1 million readers. Perry is also the youngest columnist and entertainment critic for the San Diego Entertainer Magazine. He also blogs for Animation World Network, the leading animation industry publication, and is the resident film critic for Amazing Kids! with about 1 million readers. Perry reviews films on a kid-friendly starfish rating system – 5 being the best. His reviews are available on his website: www.perryspreviews.com


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