The Film

Through the “window” of food and agriculture, Ripe for Change reveals two parallel yet contrasting views of our world. One holds that large-scale agriculture, genetic engineering, and technology promise a hunger-less future. The other calls for a more organic, sustainable, and locally focused style of farming that reclaims the aesthetic and nurturing qualities of food and considers the impact of agriculture on the environment, on communities, and on workers. Ripe for Change was produced by Jed Riffe and directed by filmmaker Emiko Omori.

The Filmmakers

Omori began her career as a filmmaker and cinematographer in 1968 and worked on many award-winning projects as well as producing her own films. Her personal documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was broadcast on POV, andawarded a National Emmy. In 2005 she produced and directed Ripe for Change for the PBS series California and the American Dream. Passion and Power: The Technology of Orgasm, premiered at Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and won the Best Documentary award at the San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, 2008. In 2011 her documentary Ed Hardy Tattoo the World screened at numerous festivals and museums among them the Mill Valley Film Festival, Ashland Film Festival, New York Museum of Modern Art, Hammer Museum and the Laguna Beach Art Museum.

Jed Riffe is an award-winning independent filmmaker and interactive media producer. He is currently outreach director for the award-winning documentary Ripe for Change.
Riffe is best known as the producer and director of Ishi, the Last Yahi. The highly acclaimed dramatic documentary won “Best Documentary” awards at eight major national and international film festivals. Ishi, the Last Yahi was released theatrically and acquired for national broadcast by the acclaimed PBS series The American Experience.

Riffe served as one of three executive producers for California and the American
Dream, a four-hour, independently produced, nationally broadcast PBS Series. Riffe
produced, directed and co-wrote the Series’ opening episode California’s ”Lost” Tribes.
California’s ”Lost” Tribes and Ripe for Change have both been honored with Cine Golden
Eagles and other major awards.

Riffe is a 2009 Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow. In 2001, Riffe was honored
by being named a Gerbode Fellow for excellence in non-profit managament.