It was inevitable that Hollywood would someday embrace the steadfast families who, against all odds, contribute so much to our tables, our economy, and our lives. Against The Grain is empowering and inspiring television programming designed to bring those families, and the power of the American spirit, to viewers nationwide.
Against The Grain Productions, LLC, was formed two years ago to bring awareness of our farm and ranch communities to the general public through dramatic programming on broadcast TV, the Internet, digital distribution and DVD.
Against The Grain is a dynamic and entertaining observational reality docudrama that will build awareness of what America’s farmers and businesses confront to bring in their crops and survive in a challenged American industry.
We have completed production on a nationally syndicated one-hour television documentary special that will act as a stand-alone program as well as a pilot premiere to Against The Grain.
Our 60-minute Hi-Def production, titled AGAINST THE GRAIN: THE YEAR MOTHER NATURE STRUCK BACK (“Special”) is being produced by our Emmy Award winning team and agriculture industry experts. It focuses on a number of farm families as they battle the forces of weather that are “against the grain.” They tell their own powerful stories in their own words.
We follow our subjects whose daily struggles put their lives in danger and their businesses at risk. Conflict comes from their battles with the elements including devastating tornadoes, extensive flooding and lingering drought and their efforts to make their personal finances work. We step into their lives and see how nature tests each character; how they care about their country and how they want to see the best for their own families. Clearly, every year they must start over, but they do so with a positive spirit and a commitment that uplifts us all.
The program is proactive and explores the continuous effort farmers must expend in order to bring food and fuel to the public. In syndication, the special will reach a broad swath of the American public who may have never seen what farmers experience. The experience will be eye-opening.
The partners in the venture include...
Robb Weller and Gary Grossman, Owners of the Emmy Award Winning TV company, Weller/Grossman Productions. Together, Robb and Gary have produced more than 9,000 programs for 36 networks including hundreds of hours of observational documentary TV shows. They have received the highest honor from the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Governor’s Emmy for Exemplary Programming for their documentary “Healing the Hate.” They are also Emmy Award winners for their Food Network series, “Wolfgang Puck.”
Al Kluis and Katie Thompson, Owners of Kluis Publishing and Kluis Commodities. Al is a well-known and trusted commodity broker and grain marketing consultant. He is a regular columnist for Successful Farming magazine, and writes daily and weekly market analysis for farmers throughout the Grain Belt. Katie, Al’s partner in both companies, is the chief editor and manager of Kluis Publishing. She works with Al to bring his knowledge and experience to the greater agriculture community. Together, they created and continue to publish the Kluis Commodity Calendar and the Al Kluis Farmer’s Almanac. Katie and Al have been instrumental in educating the “Hollywood” part of the team about the world of farming today, and remain involved in managing and producing the show.
Harold Weitzberg, Owner of Weitzberg Consulting, Inc. Harold is a Brand and Marketing expert who has been responsible for the development and growth of major entertainment and consumer brands including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Goosebumps, Veggietales and more.