- Amazing film 1/12/2018 12:00:00 AM by albrown-91599
I loved following the director Santino's journey from meat eating athlete to a plant based athlete. This movie does not hit you over the head with the vegan sledgehammer but makes you aware you have choices in what you eat. It also makes the connection between being a being an elite athlete and a vegan and a animal lover. The added underlining story of sustainability and the environment is something we all need to be aware of.
- Inspiring, educational, life changing 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM by shady_dreamer
From the Ground Up is an amazing film. The director Santino focused his attention to athletes who are vegan/vegetarian, while at the same time telling his own story of going through the journey. This film is not only inspiring but very educational as well. This is nothing less than a ground breaking film that cuts down stereotypes of needing meat to gain muscle mass/strength. I'd recommend this film for anyone thinking of making the change, athlete or not.
- Jilted Carnivore 1/13/2018 12:00:00 AM by huva-33827
As someone who viewed this film holding a closed minded thought of following a plant based diet, I can humbly say this experience changed my opinion. Personally, I have an ingrained dissonance with extracting protein from my diet, but Santino's film shed light on the benefits of doing just that. We all have the capability of curtailing the harm of animals and our ecosystem, and Santino's film is a wake up call on how much room for improvement we have available. This film, whether bolstered or seen as an aberration, perils the American diet.
- I Haven't Eaten Meat Since!!! 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM by cam21215
I had the opportunity to see this film at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills last month. This film does a great job dispelling the myth that elite athletes (and non-athletes alike) need animal protein to fuel their bodies and participate at high levels. From the Ground Up utilizes interviews from extreme endurance athletes, to explosive combat athletes, such as football players and boxers/MMA fighters to outline their journey following a plant-based lifestyle. A must watch!
- Delivers a knockout 3/3/2018 12:00:00 AM by rmarchandsmith
Full disclosure I'm vegan and my story mirrors some of the athletes' stories in this film (i.e. I was struggling from chronic inflammation which was hampering my sports performance and eventually ended with me on sick leave from work -- went vegan, inflammation went away and now 2 years later I still feel better than ever).... BUT I find shock-tactic evangelical vegan documentaries to be offensive and obnoxious... This documentary is NOT one of those vegan propaganda docs. It's balanced, interesting, provides many different stories, journeys, viewpoints from a variety of athletes and touches briefly on peripheral issues (i.e. environmental effects of animal agriculture) without hijacking the film. Totally recommend watching, it will make you think and inspire you!