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Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets Supersizes Ethan Goldman To Partner, Head Of Development

12 August 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Three years after joining Morgan Spurlock’s production company, Ethan Goldman has been promoted to partner and Head of Development. He joins the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated producer as partner of the NYC-based company along with Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin. Since joining Warrior Poets in 2012, Goldman has worked to expand its TV, film and digital units, developing projects that reflect Spurlock’s signature irreverent flavor including American Takedown for A&E, Dark Ho… »

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Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets Supersizes Ethan Goldman To Partner, Head Of Development

12 August 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Three years after joining Morgan Spurlock’s production company, Ethan Goldman has been promoted to partner and Head of Development. He joins the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated producer as partner of the NYC-based company along with Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin. Since joining Warrior Poets in 2012, Goldman has worked to expand its TV, film and digital units, developing projects that reflect Spurlock’s signature irreverent flavor including American Takedown for A&E, Dark Ho… »

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What’s Up Doc?: Moore Docu Surprises, Locarno Begins, Telluride, Venice & Tiff Loom

7 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The fall festival rush is upon us. Locarno is currently ramping up. Venice has released their line-up and Thom Powers and the Toronto International Film Festival team have dropped a bomb with a previously unannounced new feature from powerhouse docu-provocateur Michael Moore. It is truly a miracle that the production of a film such as Moore’s upcoming Where To Invade Next (see still above) managed to go completely undetected by the filmmaking community until it was literally announced to world premiere at one of the largest film festivals in the world. Programmed as a one of the key films in the Special Presentations section at Tiff, the film sees Moore telling “the Pentagon to ‘stand down’ — he will do the invading for America from now on.” Also announced to premiere at Tiff was Avi Lewis’ This Changes Everything, which has slowly been rising up this list, as well as »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Doug Benson's Netflix doc on Comic-Con gets it surprisingly right

4 August 2015 6:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Doug Benson's rambling pot-fueled documentaries are all basically just an excuse for the comic to get very high in different locations, but in the process of putting the latest one together, he and director Ryan Polito have put together something that captures Comic-Con in a very accurate and not romanticized way. This was a pretty solid year for me and Comic-Con, and so was last year. I enjoyed myself both times, so I guess technically I can't say I hate Comic-Con anymore, although that's been my mantra for a while. I think the accurate way of saying it is that I often hate elements of the experience of Comic-Con. There is a certain amount of hassle that goes with attendance that can just wear on you when you're trying to work, things that might never bother someone who is just attending for pleasure. It's easy to forget when you're »

- Drew McWeeny

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That Sugar Film wows Us critics

2 August 2015 4:20 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Reviewers in the Us are just as sweet on Damon Gameau.s That Sugar Film as their Australian counterparts.

Samuel Goldwyn Films launched the Madman-produced documentary on 10 screens and on-demand last Friday.

Us critics favourably compared the doc to Morgan Spurlock.s Super Size Me and last year.s sugar-themed expose Fed Up from executive producers Katie Couric and Laurie David (An Inconvenient Truth) and director Stephanie Soechtig.

The New York Times. Daniel M. Gold declared, .Like Super Size Me, Mr. Gameau keeps a team of doctors and nutritionists handy, and the health effects are alarming. Within three weeks, he starts to develop fatty liver disease, and by the end incurs early Type 2 diabetes and increased heart disease risks.

.Mr. Gameau.s breezy blend of computer imagery, musical numbers, sketches and offbeat field trips makes the nutrition lessons easy to digest.

.The food-doc shelf is crowded with good-for-you movies, including Fed Up, »

- Don Groves

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‘That Sugar Film’ is a familiar and trite stunt-doc

30 July 2015 5:07 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

That Sugar Film

Directed by Damon Gameau

Written by Damon Gameau

Australia, 2014

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

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Tribeca Digital Studios, Amex short films get launch date

15 July 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Film Review: ‘That Sugar Film’

13 July 2015 5:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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How Healthy is Your Dietc Watch the Trailer for 'That Sugar Film'

13 July 2015 4:58 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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Film Review: ‘Do I Sound Gay?’

10 July 2015 2:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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What’s Up Doc?: Wiseman Rises to New “Heights” & Rivers Shooting “The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers” in Morocco

6 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

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

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That Sugar interview by Amber Wilkinson

30 June 2015 3:17 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

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

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Tina Fey Headlining ‘Produced By’ New York Conference

29 June 2015 12:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.”

Last year’s inaugural Produced By: New York included Darren Aronofsky, Jake Gyllenhaal, Don Lemon, Morgan Spurlock, Harvey Weinstein and Terence Winter.

The PGA’s seventh annual Produced By conference in Los Angeles included presentations by Reese Witherspoon, Tyler Perry and Jason Blum in May.

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- Dave McNary

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That Sugar Film movie review: sugar size me

26 June 2015 6:41 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

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

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That Sugar Film review – Super Size Me-style documentary ends up toothless

25 June 2015 1:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Peppy visual effects and input from Hugh Jackman and Stephen Fry can’t elevate this glib and oversimplified film above high school teaching tool

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

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Film Review: 'That Sugar Film'

24 June 2015 12:24 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ 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.

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Crafted Takes a Look at the Legacy of Artisans Worldwide

17 June 2015 1:22 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

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 ]

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- monique

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Laff: Busy Morgan Spurlock Debuts Short 'Crafted,' Announces Horror Doc (Trailer)

17 June 2015 11:03 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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

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Crafted Trailer: Morgan Spurlock’s Documentary Short About Artisanship

7 June 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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 […]

The post Crafted Trailer: Morgan Spurlock’s Documentary Short About Artisanship appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Johnny Cash, ‘Urban Cowboy’, More On Cmt’s Documentary Lineup

5 June 2015 7:47 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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… »

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