“Vegucated” is a feature-length documentary that follows 3 meat and cheese-loving New Yorkers who accept to pick a vegan diet for 6 weeks. There’s Brian, the bacon-loving unmarried man who eats out all the time, Ellen, a single mom who chooses comedy to cooking, and Tesla, the college student who skips vegetables and rejects 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. They where lured with true tales of weight lost and regained health , they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal and agriculture, they soon start to wonder whether solutions offered in movies like Food, Inc. and Future of Food go far enough. Soon they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before.
But can their convictions carry them when times get tough? What will happen on family vacations filled with disbelieving carnivorous cousins, step-dads and breakfast buffets?
Part science class, part sociological experiment and part adventure story, Vegucated illustrates the rapid and at times comic evolution of 3 people who partake one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a cleaner, kinder, gentler world, one bite at a time.
I can with all my heart say that Vegucated is my favorite food documentary. It is not only funny, it is informative, surprising, honest and so on. I truly believe this documentary will defiantly influence the approach of future food related docs. And I knew allot before pushing the play button. If you are afraid to learn about your food, know that your body cares. Knowledge is power and this film is filled to the core.
The World premiere of Vegucatedon was on September 10th 2011 at the Toronto Independent Film Festival, where it has won Best Documentary and doubled the previous record for largest attendance at that festival. Since then, it has been selected for nine more film festivals and was garnered more awards.
U.S. premiere in New York City on October 13th, was sold-out. After this the film was taken the next day in Warrensburg, Missouri, to the Show Me Justice Film Festival where it won over the hearts of the Midwestern audience.
In November 2011, it premiered in Ohio at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, which is the longest-running film festival in the US. There it was awarded a Chris Award for best educational film.
2012 started with a bang at the Artivist Film Festival NYC Tour. Vegucated was screened as part of the Animal Advocacy Program and ended the evening with a panel discussion with NYC-based leaders in the field of animal protection.
In February 2012, The Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival in Gainesville, Florida awarded the documentary with the “Best Food Issue” award for film disusing how our food choices affect the environment.
Watch Vegucated (2010) – http://vimeo.com/59789254