The Film – Close To The Bone
In 2011, in the midst of completing her M.A. in Film and Video at American University in Washington, DC, Helenah Swedberg came in contact with Jackson Landers through his hunting blog, the Locavore Hunter. At the time, Helenah was what she calls “vegi-curious,” having deliberated becoming a vegetarian for a while. However, she was drawn in by Jackson’s vegetarian-turned-hunter perspective on eating meat, and fascinated by his recent approach to hunt invasive species for food. She began filming his work as part of her thesis film project. Over the months that followed, Helenah and Jackson fell in love. Close To The Bone is the story of three crazy months that changed everything. The film is currently in post-production and will be available this coming fall.
The Filmmaker – Helenah Swedberg
Having aimed for a career in journalism since she was a child, Helenah Swedberg suddenly changed tracks in 2010 and left her job as a video journalist in Sweden to pursue documentary filmmaking in the United States. She is a multimedia professional who has done work for PBS, National Geographic, World Wildlife Fund, and the National Park Service. An Emmy award-winning cinematographer, her web video series about Sumatran tigers recently also received awards for Best Documentary and Best Cinematography at the Visions Awards. Close To The Bone is her Master’s Thesis film.
The Hunter – Jackson Landers
After only eight years as a self-taught hunter, Jackson Landers has become one of the most prominent leaders in promoting hunting among adult beginners. As a published author, he has written two books and has been highlighted in the New York Times on several occasions for his expertise in his field. Recently, he has branched out to battle various invasive species (Canada geese, iguana, lionfish, feral hogs, etc.) through a very simple strategy: by hunting and eating them.