is no stranger to the The Nova Scotia filmmaker’s farm-to-table vlog turned PBS series Kitchen Vignettes earned her a nomination from the esteemed James Beard Foundation’s “Oscars of food” back in 2014 and 2015.
But last week at the JBF’s media awards, her deeply personal full-length doc Modified took home a top prize in the Best Documentary Film category for its exploration of both genetically modified organisms and her food-fuelled relationship with her late mother. The prestigious award is chosen by a hand-picked committee of over 60 journalists, editors, producers and other industry pros. Oddly enough, top model herself Tyra Banks was this year’s host.
The film—which debuted in 2017 at Halifax’s FIN—is the culmination of a decade of work from Giroux, who weaves together a baffling investigation of food transparency and GMO labelling with years of tender home video and audio capturing conversations with her mother about growing and respecting food.
Beautifully shot and full of heart, Modified has made a major impact on viewers since its release, screening at 60-plus festivals around the world, and collecting awards along the way. But this one, like the film, is something special.
James Beard Awards.