“Milk War” documentary about raw milk and Michael Schmidt wins James Beard Foundation award in New York

In a scene from the award winning doc "Milk War", Michael Schmidt downs a glass of the good stuff during a protest rally featuring a live cow, on the steps of the Ontario Legislature.

TORONTO, May 9, 2011 – The original ichannel documentary Milk War has received a prestigious James Beard Foundation Award.

The hour-long film, which was produced for ichannel by Stornoway Communications and The Path to Gimli, earned top honours for best Television Special/Documentary in the Broadcast Media category at the James Beard Foundation Awards gala in New York on May 6.

Milk War was written and directed by award-winning journalist Kevin O’Keefe and produced by Declan O’Driscoll. Richard Paradiso and Patrick Hickey were the associate producers. Gemini Award-winning actor Colm Feore narrated.

ichannel will present a special celebratory re-broadcast of the film on Sunday May 15 at 8 pm ET/PT.

Milk War tells the story of Ontario dairy farmer Michael Schmidt’s battle with government authorities for the right to distribute unpasteurized milk, a practice outlawed in Canada. His opposition to the raw milk ban led to a high-profile court case and touched off vigorous public debate about the individual right to choose what we eat.

The annual James Beard Foundation Awards (www.jbfawards.com), sometimes described as “the Oscars of the food world,” celebrate North America’s leading food and beverage professionals. The awards cover all aspects of the industry, including chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, food journalists, and restaurant designers and architects.

ichannel is Canada’s political and social issues network. For more information on ichannel programming or to find out how to subscribe please visit www.ichannel.ca.

Spoiler alert! -- one of the surprises in the award-winning doc, "Milk War", is this very scientific conventional dairy farmer admitting on camera that yes, he too prefers to drink his milk "raw".

Images in this post are screen captures from an earlier broadcast of the movie on ichannel. The text is from David Todd.


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4 responses to ““Milk War” documentary about raw milk and Michael Schmidt wins James Beard Foundation award in New York

  1. John Mills

    Can someone record this and post it somewhere? Or give me a link so I can buy it. I can’t get iChannel in the States.

  2. thebovine

    Here is the list of nominees for the award: http://www.jbfawards.com/2011/pdf/jbf-nominees.pdf

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