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Directed by Damon Gameau
Written by Damon Gameau
The Australian doc That Sugar Film comes ten years after Morgan Spurlock’s novel Sundance hit Super Size Me, the sobering and darkly comedic expose on the fast food industry that took audiences by storm and spurred change in regards to how high profile companies like McDonald’s portioned some of their meal options; it also charted the effect of said company’s product on the body, an experiment that now feels cheap and dated in the hands of writer-director and test subject Damon Gameau, who not only copies Spurlock’s approach to test and trial, but finds little reason to keep us intrigued.
Gameau’s plan to upend his healthy eating lifestyle with a high sugar diet as we watch his mood and weight fluctuate is hardly anything eye-opening after Spurlock’s similar antics just a decade ago. »
- Ty Landis
The partners have teamed up with Morgan Spurlock, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady plus Gini Reticker on a trio of shorts celebrating entrepreneurs that will go out on VOD, Vimeo and other platforms on July 15.
Tribeca Digital Studios and American Express co-produced the series. The three films are below. Synopses provided by Tribeca.
Buffalo Returns (main picture) by Gini Reticker
In the face of a powerful recession, crippling unemployment and a housing crisis, a small, creative and energetic band of Native American businesspeople, with the help of the buffalo, rebuild their community through a growing business, Native American Natural Foods, the company behind Tanka energy bars.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Gini Reticker weaves together beautiful imagery set to the pulse of the Sioux Nation to carefully tell the story of two entrepreneurs who use tradition and ingenuity to bring opportunity and hope to the people on the Pine Ridge Reservation. After nearly going extinct, the buffalo »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Fast-paced, entertaining and informative, “That Sugar Film” is a cautionary tale about the hidden sugar content in everyday food products, the health problems that high sugar consumption creates, and the food industry’s deliberate efforts to obfuscate the sugar content of various products as well as the ingredient’s addictive power. With its peppy, pop style, complete with silly, colorful special effects and animation, this documentary should prove accessible to school-age viewers, who might profit the most from its frank information about sugar’s effect on their minds and bodies. Although ancillary biz is likely to outweigh theatrical, overall returns should be, er, sweet.
Much like Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me,” “That Sugar Film” centers on an experiment by writer-director-producer-protagonist Damon Gameau, a wiry thirtysomething Aussie awaiting the birth of his first child. Under the guidance of a team of scientists and nutritionists, he becomes a human lab rat, »
- Alissa Simon
I have recently started building my diet around the Whole30 concept. I read Dallas and Melissa Hartwig's book and have been prepping the kitchen for the switch. Not because I necessarily need to lose weight (though there are a few lbs I'd like to shave), but because after talking to a friend and him telling me how much better he feels and sleeps, not to mention the waist trimming benefits, I figured I'd give it a twirl. Now the Whole30 way of eating means removing things like dairy, grains, soy and other items from your diet, but obviously one big contributing factory to unhealthy eating is sugar and man, it's in everything. I haven't officially started the Whole30 program (not doing the full 30 days until the second week of August), but I've basically been eating as well as I can without the proper preparation -- it isn't easy. Other than »
- Brad Brevet
From internalized homophobia and self-hatred to code-switching, misogyny and bullying, David Thorpe’s “Do I Sound Gay?” brushes up against a lot of tough issues, though its treatment of them is usually as cheeky as its title. A half-autobiographical, half-analytical exploration of the origins and implications of the stereotypical “gay voice,” Thorpe’s documentary can sometimes seem a bit intimidated by the various cans of worms it pries open, but it’s nonetheless a breezy, funny, often quite clever film more concerned with minor epiphanies than big answers. Well received at festivals, the Sundance Selects pickup should find an appreciative audience in limited release and on VOD.
When we meet the fortysomething writer-director Thorpe, he has been out for decades, lives in one of the country’s most tolerant cities, and largely seems comfortable in his own skin. Yet after a bad breakup, he finds himself on the train to a restorative Fire Island getaway, »
- Andrew Barker
It’s been a surprisingly interesting month of moving and shaking in terms of doc development. Just a month after making his first public funding pitch at Toronto’s Hot Docs Forum, legendary doc filmmaker Frederick Wiseman took to Kickstarter to help cover the remaining expenses for his 40th feature film In Jackson Heights (see the film’s first trailer below). Unrelentingly rigorous in his determination to capture the American institutional landscape on film, his latest continues down this thematic rabbit hole, taking on the immensely diverse New York City neighborhood of Jackson Heights as his latest subject. According to the Kickstarter page, Wiseman is currently editing the 120 hours of rushes he shot with hopes of having the film ready for a fall festival premiere (my guess would be Tiff, where both National Gallery and At Berkeley made their North American debut), though he’s currently quite a ways away from his $75,000 goal. »
- Jordan M. Smith
Damon Gameau: 'Right from the beginning, I thought if you're going tell the story of sugar, you have to use all the tricks the food industry use - but subvert them' Damon Gameau's That Sugar Film looks beneath the surface of 'healthy foods' to examine how much sugar is in them and what it is doing to our bodies - using himself as a human guinea pig. We caught up with him at Edinburgh Film Festival to talk about the success of the film, being mentored by Morgan Spurlock and what the documentary has achieved since its release.
Aw: How important was it for you to have a broad audience that included teenagers as well as their parents?
Damon: 'What we're saying to people is, this is not a diet, it's just about trying to eat real food' Dg: It was the number one goal from the beginning. »
- Amber Wilkinson
Tina Fey will headline the Producers Guild of America’s upcoming second annual Produced By: New York conference.
The October 24 event will feature an in-depth discussion with Fey in the “Conversations With” series.
Fey is an executive producer on the Netflix comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and was an exec producer on the NBC sitcom “30 Rock.” She’s also a producer on her upcoming film “Sisters.”
- Dave McNary
This funny and enlightening exposé of how unhealthy “healthy” processed food actually is is shocking, even if you’re already down on corporate food. I’m “biast” (pro): not a fan of corporate food
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Sure, it’s a stunt. But it’s one that makes some dramatic points that are worth heeding. Australian actor Damon Gameau (Charlie’s Country), a pretty healthy eater who eschewed processed food and refined carbs and whose bloodwork showed him to be in fine condition (low cholesterol, good blood pressure and liver function, etc.), changed his diet for only 60 days to start including the 40 teaspoons of sugar that that average Australian consumes each day. (That’s a lot less than the average American eats, and only very slightly more than the average Brit.) And though this is a Super Size Me type of endeavor, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
With its director-protagonist Damon Garneau embarking on an experiment to see what a typically high-sugar Western diet does to his at-first healthy body, this documentary is a straight-up rehash of Morgan Spurlock’s adventure in junk food, Super Size Me, but filmed in Australia as well as the Us.
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- Leslie Felperin
★★★★☆ Damon Gameau's feature documentary about the detrimental effects of refined sugar and excess fructose on our health is both educative and entertaining. The central message of That Sugar Film (2015) is that the calories from sugar behave differently from other foods. Recalling Morgan Spurlock's McDonald's overdose in Super-Size Me (2004), Gameau set himself the task of eating the equivalent of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day for sixty days and filmed the experiment. However, he did not eat junk food and confectionary or drink fizzy drinks, but consumed only those foods and juices perceived as healthy. Gameau's body was a clean slate as he had not eaten refined sugar for three years.
- CineVue UK
Morgan Spurlock’s latest film, “Crafted,” has recently debuted at the Los Angeles Film Festival and gave audiences an inside look at how the art of craftmaking has endured even while technology rivals the practice of making things by hand. The film, which is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video and exclusively available for four months at Amazon.com/Crafted, is based on Spurlock’s passion for the artisan community. “Creating high-quality products that hold meaning – from making food to crafting tools – takes a relentless level of commitment and passion, particularly in our society where disposability reigns supreme,” he said in a statement. “I am thrilled that the stories [ Read More ]
The post Crafted Takes a Look at the Legacy of Artisans Worldwide appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Morgan Spurlock is an admitted workaholic--he's still delivering shows for his CNN series "Inside Man"--who can't say no. And he's prepping a new Maker channel to launch in August. He admits that he sleeps about four hours a night. Still, given a window to shoot a half-hour doc short about three sets of artisans, he took it. He shot with a small crew, traveling to Georgia, San Francisco and Japan over three weeks. "I'm in a fortunate spot, as a filmmaker," he told me, "to actually take projects you want to make vs. ones you have to make. I have the ability to take 6 weeks or a month to do short films. When I have a window I jump at the chance." Tuesday night he debuted his new half-hour doc "Crafted" at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which was made available exclusively Thursday on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The »
- Anne Thompson
Director Morgan Spurlock has tackled a variety of topics in documentary films. He looked at the nutritional value of McDonald’s in Super Size Me, tried to hunt a terrorist in Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, exposed marketing tricks in Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and even followed around One […]
- Ethan Anderton
Cmt’s 2015 original documentary slate includes Urban Cowboy: The Rise And Fall of Gilley‘s, tied to the 35th anniversary of Urban Cowboy, set for a June 13 premiere. Morgan Spurlock’s Freedom! The Movie, takes a comedic look at independence, on July 11. Also scheduled is Johnny Cash: American Rebel, set to premiere September 12, the anniversary of Cash’s death. Early next year, Cmt also will release American Bandit: The Birth Of Southern Cool, the inside story of the… »
Well folks, after a rather long and brutal winter (at least for me here in Buffalo), we are finally heading into the wonderful warmth of summer, but with that blast of sunshine and steamy humidity comes the mid-year drought of major film fests. After the Sheffield Doc/Fest concludes on June 10th and AFI Docs wraps on June 21st, we likely won’t see any major influx in our charts until Locarno, Venice, Telluride and Tiff announce their line-ups in rapid succession. In the meantime, we can look forward to the intriguing onslaught of films making their debut in Sheffield, including Brian Hill’s intriguing examination of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, The Confessions of Thomas Quick, and Sean McAllister’s film for which he himself was jailed in the process of making, A Syrian Love Story, the only two films world premiering in the festival’s main competition. »
- Jordan M. Smith
Specialty distributor Music Box has picked up U.S. rights to “Censored Voices,” an Israeli documentary about young soldiers returning from the battlefield. Music Box is planning a theatrical release later this year setting the film up for an Oscar-qualifying run.
The film was directed by Mor Loushy with author Amos Oz and editor Avraham Shapira. In the week after the 1967 ‘Six-Day’ war, a group of young kibbutzinks, recorded intimate conversations with soldiers returning from the battlefield. The Israeli army censored the recordings, allowing only a fragment of the conversations to be published. “Censored Voices” reveals the original recordings for the first time.
“’Censored Voices’ is a fascinating reflection on war and remembrance. We think it will be a timely and provocative experience for Us audiences,” said Edward Arentz, MD of Music Box.
Sales of the film are handled by U.K.-based documentary specialist Dogwoof. The company scored a string of other sales. »
- Patrick Frater
It should come as no surprise that Cannes Film Festival will play host to Kent Jones’s doc on the touchstone of filmmaking interview tomes, Hitchcock/Truffaut (see photo above). The film has been floating near the top of this list since it was announced last year as in development, while Jones himself has a history with the festival, having co-written both Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. and Martin Scorsese’s My Voyage To Italy, both of which premiered in Cannes. The film is scheduled to screen as part of the Cannes Classics sidebar alongside the likes of Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words, which will play as part of the festival’s tribute to the late starlet, and Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (see trailer below). As someone who grew up watching road races with my dad in Watkins Glen, »
- Jordan M. Smith
While Gamechanger Films is aimed at funding female-directed fiction features, Chicken & Egg Pictures, which was launched eight years earlier in 2005, focuses on nonfiction films from women directors. The non-profit was the idea of Wendy Ettinger, Julie Parker Benello and Judith Helfand.
“We were all filmmakers and wanted to create an entity that gave other women filmmakers the support we wished we had had,” recalls Ettinger. “We discovered that whatever resources we provided — be it mentorship or funding — the filmmakers ran with it. The films got better and the community we were serving grew.”
The nonprofit receives 600 applications annually for 15 grants and provides mentorship programs.
Lately, it has been addressing the issue of career sustainability in the face of burnout. Says exec director Jenni Wolfson, “Often the first film a woman makes is a passion project that will bleed her dry financially and emotionally and take years to make. »
- Thelma Adams
Harry Styles is about to go the way of Zayn Malik -- bolting from the ranks of One Direction ... at least according to acclaimed director and honorary 1Der Morgan Spurlock. Spurlock directed the docufilm "One Direction: This Is Us" -- which, outside of Simon Cowell, makes him the foremost expert on the band ... among grown men. Morgan told our photog the band will be fine as a foursome for now, but it's only a matter of time before Harry splits. »
- TMZ Staff
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