Interview with Marisa Miller Wolfson
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. She decided to tell a story that hadn’t been told on film before and completed Vegucated with the help of colleagues at the FilmShop and the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. She borrowed heavily from her experience as a sketch comedian who has performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, Caroline’s on Broadway, and the March for Women’s Lives, where she shared a stage with Gloria Steinem. She has starred in award-winning short films and edited the documentary short I [broken heart] NYC, which screened at the Bushwick Film Festival and the Last Supper Film Festival. Her letters and articles have been published in USA Today Magazine, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune, and her PSAs on environmental and animal protection issues have been viewed by thousands. She has enjoyed vegucating the 1,300+ members of her free online coaching program Vegan at Heart, which was featured on Oprah.com. She’s a founding member of the Sustainable Leadership Council of NYC and the NYC Foodprint Alliance and is the honored recipient of Farm Sanctuary’s Farm Animal Friend Award.
We’re thrilled to announce our world premiere of Vegucated on Saturday, September 10th at 9:30 pm at the Toronto Independent Film Festival. They were chosen for a prime slot in the 700+-seat theater at Toronto Underground Cinema during the festival’s opening weekend.
The Toronto Indie Film Fest runs alongside the Toronto International Film Festival and features the best of truly independent, low-budget filmmaking from around the world. It’s an indie festival by and for indie filmmakers. Opening weekend also coincides with the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival, regarded as the largest veg fest in North America.
Two Exciting Internship Opportunities for Vegucated.
Writing Intern: Vegucated is looking for someone with excellent research, writing, and social skills to help us build the “challenge” and “community” sections of our website. It’s an exciting opportunity for someone to combine their talents with their knowledgeable about vegan living and passion for helping people transition to a more plant-based diet. Not only will they create regular content for the website, but they will also interact regularly with members of the online community and respond compassionately to their concerns about going vegan. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated skills listed above, be able to work with writer/director Marisa Miller Wolfson 10-20 hrs/week, have their own laptop, and live in NYC.
Community Event Intern: Vegucated is looking for someone with excellent organizational, research, marketing and PR skills to help us coordinate and promote screenings for our theatrical tour this fall and community screenings campaign next year. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who’s passionate about spreading the veg message and interested in working with veg leaders and organizations all over the country while building a track record of successful grassroots educational event planning and promotion. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated skills listed above and be able to work 10-20 hours per week with co-producer Demetrius Bagley.
For more information go to Intern Opportunities.
Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated is a guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers from different backgrounds who, for six weeks, adopt a vegan diet and a whole new way of thinking about food.
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