Documentary Filmmaker Seeks Food Servers with Compelling Stories

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For his upcoming documentary “Where's My Food?!” filmmaker Lee Godden is interviewing waiters and waitresses who have true, compelling stories about how serving food has affected their lives. “My goal for this film is to improve social awareness,” Godden said, “by revealing amazing and touching stories hidden in the hearts of the people who serve us our food.”

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Unfortunately few restaurants offer healthcare coverage to their employees, so it’s no surprise that waiters and waitresses often come to work sick because they desperately need to pay for rent, food and gas.

For his upcoming documentary “Where's My Food?!” filmmaker Lee Godden is interviewing waiters and waitresses who have true, compelling stories about how serving food has affected their lives. “My goal for this film is to improve social awareness,” Godden said, “by revealing amazing and touching stories hidden in the hearts of the people who serve us our food.”

In addition to interviewing servers, Godden wants to speak with food service occupation and industry experts, including professors, counselors, journalists and executives. A veteran filmmaker and television producer, Godden launched Telsius Productions ten years ago. For this documentary he is assembling an experienced film crew along with a pool of interns. Film shooting will take place throughout Southern California. Expected completion date is December 2012.

Godden’s research into the struggles and accomplishments of food servers led him to launch this documentary. “Some people ask me if they should really care about the stranger who brings their food,” said Godden. “I point out that maybe their waiter is suffering from an illness, but has no access to medical care. Maybe their waitress is living below the poverty level, and has hungry children at home. Those ‘strangers’ are fellow humans. Food servers are us, our friends, our children, our parents. Yes, I think we should care.”

“Some waiters and waitresses are ‘thrill junkies,’” Godden added, “who enjoy the Las Vegas-like risk of not knowing how much money they'll go home with at the end of the day. Addictions are widespread. Many servers have serious alcohol and drug dependency issues.”

“Unfortunately few restaurants offer healthcare coverage to their employees,” Godden said, “so it’s no surprise that waiters and waitresses often come to work sick because they desperately need to pay for rent, food and gas. Sure, some servers make good money, but many took the job as a stepping stone to a better career or a higher education. Often, those transitions never happen.”

Telsius Productions LLC, launched in 2002, has a proven track record of making award-winning, entertaining, socially-conscious films and television programs. To find out more, or to donate to help make this important film, please visit http://www.WheresMyFood.com.

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