Fin

Team Members   Kirk Pearson Patrick Gilfether Every day, hundreds of tuna are captured off the coast of Indonesia. Within just 72 hours, they are chilled, packaged, shipped, processed, auctioned, prepared, and served 3,500 miles away— in Tokyo. This January, we will be sailing through the coastal waters of Banda Aceh, catching a flight with a fish across the Pacific ocean, basking in the salty air of the Tsukiji tuna market, and joining a dinner at a well-lit sushi restaurant: tracking a single tuna from Sumatran sea to Japanese metropolis. Through film, composition, sound design, and computer programming, Fin is an interactive multimedia piece that tells the story of our planet’s incredible, yet seldom considered, network of food manufacturing. From the home of an Acehnese fishermen to the tungsten glow of a Tokyo restaurant, each frame of the process will be filmed as a cinematic portrait using parallel camera movements and blocking. These narratives will then be recombined into a unique filmic interactive called an “exquisite corpse.” As the viewer watches the film, they will be able to switch between the heads, bodies, and legs of each character. The audience will literally have the power to superimpose the diner with the cargo merchant, or the chef with the boat captain. It will manifest the many characters directly responsible for our food, drawing attention to their interconnectedness and fluidity. Fin seeks to tell the story of a single piece of sashimi from both global and individual perspectives. In offering the opportunity to arrive at personal narratives, we ask viewers to disentangle the net of industry in order to see more...
The Kingston Food Exchange

The Kingston Food Exchange

Team Members Zachary Lewis Bradford Beckerman Benjamin Giardullo The Kingston Food Exchange is a local food ‘hedge fund’ with a multitude of components located in the Hudson Valley. We operate a local/organic grocery store, a food hall, and a manufacturing kitchen where we produce our own products for distribution. Located in Kingston and Beacon, NY. LaunchU 2016...
Shift

Shift

Team Members Ryan Sprowl Shift is a multipurpose, collaborative space comprised of co-working and studio spaces and a full-service coffee shop in Cleveland, Ohio. It is a place for learning, collaboration, networking, and finding new passions. Shift will host educational and inspirational events to encourage continued growth and collaboration of Cleveland’s creative community. LaunchU 2016...
Humble Grounds Roasting Company

Humble Grounds Roasting Company

 Team Members Bryon Skvor Humble Grounds Roasting Company looks for exceptional coffees that have the potential to be used to create stable economies in farming communities around the world. We are bringing these coffees to Oberlin to carefully study and roast them to perfection to serve our friends, neighbors, and like-minded wholesale partners. We are pleased to announce that Humble Grounds took third place in the 2016 LaunchU Pitch Competition! LaunchU 2016...
Protein Venture

Protein Venture

Team Members Brian Hemmert We are a startup developing a brand of protein powder made from insects. We will be spending the summer making a prototype as an important early step for our venture. Our protein powder will have a significantly smaller impact on the environment compared to traditional milk-based protein powders and will offer extra nutrients that most protein powders lack. After we perfect our recipe, we will start taking steps to sell to the general public. We are very excited to begin working on our product and to experiment with recipes and flavors. First up, Dark Chocolate! Ignition Fund Recipient, Spring...