Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story


Roxie Theater Fri, Sep 27, 2019 8:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Tim Shepard
Year of Production:2018
Topic:Healthy Food Systems
Land Rights
Running Time:85 min.


Expected guests: Director Tim Shepard and producer Amy Burns.

The screening will be followed by a chocolate tasting featuring Dandelion Chocolate!


Take a journey from Bean to Bar. This film follows the top craft chocolate makers in the world as they journey through the deep jungles of the Peruvian Amazon in search of rare native cacao varietals that have never been used in chocolate production.


Share in the passion and excitement of the chocolate makers as they travel into the unknown; find purpose in the stories of the indigenous cacao farmers; and view first-hand the widespread impacts of deforestation, drug trade, and large agribusinesses on the Amazonian way of life. Join them as they confront the myriad of issues facing the craft chocolate industry today, hearing from people on all sides of the industry - from government officials and cacao experts, to Indigenous farmers and fermentation specialists.


Setting the Bar uncovers a new era of sustainable chocolate trade: one that protects livelihoods, supports environmental sustainability, educates consumers to make better choices, and also creates award-winning chocolate bars!


Program Sponsor:


Community Allies:

Kiss The Ground

Green Earth

Real Food Media

Good Food Foundation

Kitchen Table Advisors


Tim ShepardTim Shephard is an Australian born, Mexico living wandering nomad focused on telling stories that might make a change. From evangelists in Guatemala, to women mezcal producers in Oaxaca and now cacao farmers in the Peruvian Amazon, Tim isn't afraid to tackle bigger stories from different viewpoints. While this is his first feature, Tim has been working in news, commercial and video for a decade.

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