Matt Wechsler

Matt Wechsler

Independent Filmmaker

Areas of Focus: Documentaries

Organization: Hourglass Films

Website: hourglassfilms.com

Biography

Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher are the storytellers at Hourglass Films behind the 2016 documentary, “Sustainable”. The film was a passion project for them, combining their roles as food activists with their talents as documentary filmmakers. “Sustainable” was screened at 40+ film festivals around the world and won the 2016 Accolade Global Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement. Their past work includes the 2012 New York Emmy-nominated documentary “Different is the New Normal”, which aired nationally on PBS and was narrated by Michael J. Fox. They are currently in production on a new film called “Right to Harm” that is set to premiere in early 2019.

Films

Sustainable (2016)

Role: Independent Filmmaker

A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.

The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

Sustainable travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens and John Kempf – heroes who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture. It is a story of hope and transformation, about passion for the land and a promise that it can be restored to once again sustain us.

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I Am For Peace (2014)

Role: Independent Filmmaker

“I Am For Peace” is a 30-minute documentary that follows a group of high school students as they attempt to combat violence on the south side of Chicago. The film aired on WTTW in May of 2015 and features former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and acclaimed singer Jennifer Hudson.

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Different is the New Normal (2018)

Role: Independent Filmmaker

“Different Is the New Normal” tracks trials and triumphs of Ariel Small, a 17-year-old who has struggled with uncontrollable tics caused by Tourette Syndrome. With his permission, his mother Robin turned the camera on him to document their emotional journey to overcome the obstacles of Tourette’s in order to raise awareness about the disorder and help others living with the condition. Along the way, Ariel meets James Durbin, American Idol finalist, whose own battle with Tourette’s make him realize that anything is possible. The film is narrated by Michael J. Fox.

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