Media Advisory: ‘Super Size Me’ Morgan Spurlock to speak at Reynolda Film Festival

Writer and director Morgan Spurlock will deliver the keynote address for the Reynolda Film Festival on the Wake Forest University campus at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 in Brendle Recital Hall. The festival runs from March 19-23.  The event is free and open to the public.

Spurlock will speak about storytelling and narrative as it relates to film. After graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1994, Spurlock spent his first years out of school as an award-winning playwright. In 2002, he created the MTV series “I Bet You Will,” a fear-factor style show where participants were asked to do things for money.

His documentary career began in 2004 when he released “Super Size Me,” the Academy Award-nominated film following the filmmaker’s experiment to see how eating nothing but McDonalds for 30 days would affect him physically and mentally. His most recent film is “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.”

Other Reynolda Film Festival events:

Tues., March 20: Animation Panel, 6-7 p.m — Executives from Winston-Salem’s Out of Our Minds Studios will present an animation tutorial.

Wed., March 21: Industry Panel, 5-6 p.m. — Leaders in the entertainment industry will speak about career opportunities in the field and share advice for “getting your foot in the door.” Panelists include:

Anjelica Casillas, digital production manager, Character Animation and Rigging at Rhythm and Hues

Lawren Desai (MBA ’04), owner of a/perture cinema

Anna Fields, screenwriter and author

Matthew Waite (’10), CEO, founder of Cigarette Cinemas; CEO, co-founder of Tentpole

Thur., March 22: Works in Progress Panel, 5-6 p.m. — Four Wake Forest documentary film program students will provide short previews of their first-year films.

In its fifth year, the Reynolda Film Festival draws film-lovers from the local community and beyond. The festival includes four feature films, 12 student films from around the country, a day of films produced by Wake Forest students. For more information, visit  All events are free and open to the public.


Kim McGrath,, 336.758.3209

Cheryl V. Walker,, 336.758.6073

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