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A new vegan documentary will feature top athletes – and look at how they power their bodies through plants.

From the Ground Up is directed by former meat-eating college football player Santino Panico.

He ‘goes on a journey to rediscover the athlete within—this time, as a vegan’.

According to the filmmakers: “As he meets with vegetarian and vegan elite competitors, this story about food and sport expands to confront the social norms and the far-reaching impacts of food choices.”

Protein tho?

The film includes a number of successful vegan sportspeople, including golfer Anna Ehrgott, ultra athlete Rich Roll (who has said he’s ‘proud’ to be involved), and professional bodybuilder Torre Washington.

Tackling the protein question, Washington says: “Do I look like I’m not getting protein?

“I mean, really?”

On demand

According to Rich Roll: “Many have asked about when [From the Ground Up] will be available.

“It will be playing at Laemmle Fine Arts Theater in Los Angeles from December 8-14. Times TBD. 

“I will be hosting (along with other special guests) on the evening of 12/8 (and possibly other evenings) and we will be doing a Q&A panel after the film with food & beverages (vegan of course) – info TBA.

“From there, the film will play in Chicago and NYC (locations / dates TBD).

“After that it will be on demand on January 9.”

Find outmore about the movie here


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Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.