The Apple Pushers

5 pushcarts One Dream 

The Center for Health Media and Policy(CHMP)’s  Envision Health: Film & New Media Series  is thrilled to present to you, a documentary that pertains to many: The Apple Pushers. by Mary Mazzio. The event is hosted by Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab, NYC Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Please RSVP below.

The Apple Pushers is not the typical immigrant mogul success story. It is a documentary film which follows immigrant street vendors whom have come from various parts of the world. Each motivated by a dream and aspiring to a better life, they strive to make it to New York. The five vendors are followed throughout the cities inner cities and their stories are revealed with all the trials and tribulations, their path to becoming Apple Pushers. They are part of an ongoing project to help solve the food crisis and diminish obesity rates, by providing fresh fruits and vegetables into the inner cities of New York.

Please take a look at the trailer

The Apple Pushers’ main focus is the inaccessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables of the low income residents. Those “food deserts” are the nests of obesity in New York. Another underlying issue presented by the film is that of immigrants. The movie shows humility, and recognition towards the immigrants and their position within the system. Many people have worked to make the message in this film spread to other leaders.

 The Apple Pushers, narrated by Edward Norton, tackles socio-political aspects of food access, immigration, and entrepreneurship. It is produced by Mary Mazzio along with Tom Scott (founder of Nantucket Nectars and CEO of PLUM TV) and Christine Vachon (producer of Mildred Pierce and the Academy Award-winning Boys Don’t Cry) and has for Executive Producer, Laurie Tisch.

 The Apple Pushers will be presented on March 20th 2012 at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. The reception will begin at 6pm followed by a screening and a panel of discussion.