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Title (Spanish): Vegucated
Title (English): Vegucated
Country of Origin: USA
Year of Completion: 2011
Duration: 75 minutes
Format: DVD
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish

Wednesday 09/05/2012 -- 5:00 PM Thursday 09/06/2012 -- 7:30 PM Friday 09/07/2012 -- 10:00 AM

Centro Cultural Narciso González
Santo Domingo

Asociación Cultural Sueños de Colores
Puerto Plata

FUNGLODE Auditorium
Santo Domingo

II Muestra de Cine Medioambiental Dominicana, 5-9 de Septiembre 2012

Film SynopsisVegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. There’s Brian, the bacon-loving bachelor who eats out all the time; Ellen, the single mom who prefers comedy to cooking, and Tesla, the college student who avoids vegetables and bans beans. They have no idea that so much more than steak is at stake and that the fate of the world may fall on their plates. Lured with true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon start to wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before.

But can their conviction carry them when times get tough? What about on family vacations fraught with skeptical step-dads, carnivorous cousins, and breakfast buffets?

Part sociological experiment, part science class, and part adventure story, Vegucated showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time.

Film Credits:

Director and Written: Marisa Miller Wolfson
Demetrius Bagley and Frank Mataska
Executive Producer: Mary Max
Cinematography: John Pierce
Editors: Sara Leavitt and Marisa Miller Wolfson

Director's Biography:

As a full-time food activist, Marisa Miller Wolfson has organized roughly 70 grassroots workshops and screenings of award-winning documentaries about healthy, humane, eco-friendly eating all across North America. Inspired by the stories of personal transformation she was witnessing, she decided to recreate this eye-opening journey on camera by taking three people from different backgrounds who agree to go vegan for six weeks and tracking their progress on tape. It became her first film, Vegucated, which world premiered at the Toronto Independent Film Festival last September and received the best documentary award. Marisa and her film team took Vegucated on a 12-city "Let's Get America Vegucated!" Fall Tour, where they also collected a Chris Award for best educational film at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival.

It has also been selected for the Show Me Justice Film Festival, the Artivist Film Festival, and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. As a founding member of the NYC FoodPrint Alliance, she co-drafted a city council resolution that would decrease NYC's climate change "foodprint." She is also the honored recipient of Farm Sanctuary's Farm Animal Friend Award and is the tickled first-ever recipient of the NYC Veggie Prom Queen sash & tiara.

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