Katie’s Krops’ founder, Katie Stagliano, is one of three individuals featured in the stunning new documentary directed by Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Jesse Roesler.
The Starfish Throwers explores how three of the world’s most fiercely compassionate individuals fight hunger and struggle to restore hope to the hopeless in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways, according to the filmmaker. Half a world apart, a five-star chef, a retired school teacher and a sixth-grade master gardener fight for a seemingly lost cause—until they discover their impact may reach further than their actions.
Since the age of nine, Stagliano has aspired to end hunger one garden at a time and has had support from several partners in the produce industry. “You never know what can grow from just one thing,” says Stagliano in the film. “You could be inspiring hundreds with just one small action.”
Katie’s Krops inspires kids to start gardens and donate the harvest to the underserved in their communities. The organization introduces kids to agriculture and the environment, provides a sustainable solution to the problem of hunger, and teaches responsibility and compassion. Katie’s Krops now has over 60 youth-led gardens in 25 states from Hawaii to Maine, and dreams of 500 gardens across all 50 states by 2018.
“The experience has been both humbling and unforgettable,” says Emmy-Award winning director, Jesse Roesler. “While many of us have put aside some of those innocent dreams of changing the world and making a difference, I believe that sharing these stories will help us all to rediscover our own potential to affect positive change.”
The Starfish Throwers makes its world premiere at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in Greece on March 16th followed by the North American premiere and festival tour.