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Fed Up

This is the movie the food industry doesn’t want you to see. FED UP blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history.

Following a group of children over a period of two years as they struggle with conventional diet and exercise guidelines, FED UP shows how the first dietary guidelines issued by the U.S. government 30 years ago overlooked the role of dietary sugar in increasing risks of obesity, diabetes, and associated ill-health outcomes, particularly in children.

As the relationship between the high-sugar diet and poor health has emerged, entrenched sugar industry interests with almost unlimited financial lobbying resources have beaten back attempts by parents, schools, states, and in Congress to provide a healthier diet for children.

Producer and narrator Katie Couric joins Laurie David (AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH), Regina Scully (THE INVISIBLE WAR) and Stephanie Soechtig (TAPPED) to discover why, despite the substantial media coverage and government policies put in place to fight childhood obesity, today’s kids ultimately will have shorter life spans than their parents.

Dr. Patrizia La Trecchia, an associate professor at the University of South Florida and self-described “passionate food expert, explorer of globalization and urbanism, cinéphile and public speaker on food security, food sustainability and food waste” will provide an introduction to the film and conduct a Q&A afterward.

Tickets will be available soon.

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Satan’s Children

In the spring of 1974, Joe Wiezycki assembled a determined group of Tampa TV crew people and an ensemble cast, chiefly from the University of South Florida. Together, they filmed SATAN’S CHILDREN, a shocking and exploitive tale of brutal revenge, bizarre unholy rituals, hedonistic hippie culture, weird sex, and the seductive spell of Satanism and devil-cults.

In other words, the film that has been called ”a sensationally sick, twisted and depraved doozy of a low-budget 70′s drive-in horror flick” is grindhouse movie heaven!

The so-bad-it’s-good schlock film never saw a proper theatrical release, and it seemed doomed to obscurity, even during the popular VHS era of the 1980s. But this fall, Fangoria Magazine, The Sunscreen Film Festivaland Fandomonium in Tampa Bay will give the Devil his due with a SATAN’S CHILDREN 40th Anniversary Cast & Crew Reunion Screening.

This special hometown screening will include a post-film Q&A with several original cast and crew members, including Stephen White (“Bobby Douglas”), Rosemary Orlando ( “Monica”), John Edwards (“Joshua”), John Mocsary (special make-up effects) and Bill Dudley (sound recordist).

 

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The Skeleton Twins

As children, twins Maggie and Milo Dean (Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader) seemed inseparable. But the death of their father during their teen years sent them down different paths, ultimately leading to a decade-long estrangement. Now in their thirties, another set of near-tragedies leads melancholic Milo, a frustrated actor with no prospects, to accept Maggie’s offer to return to their upstate New York hometown, even though Maggie is barely holding it together herself, secretly unhappy despite her loving husband, Lance (Luke Wilson).

A surprise visit from their mother (Joanna Gleason), a new-age practitioner who refuses to recognize her children’s pain, only seems to amplify just how little Maggie and Milo have recovered from the events of their childhood. Meanwhile, Milo meets up with his first love, Rich (Ty Burrell), who resents Milo’s sudden return.

The film reunites the onetime sketch comedy actors Wiig and Hader as twins — the pair played husband and wife in “Adventureland.”  And though there are light moments in the film, the story’s deeper contours present “Saturday Night Live” with new territory as performers. Case in point, the film opens with Hader’s character attempting suicide.

“When I read ‘Skeleton Twins’ I thought, ‘This is a movie I would go see; I think it would be really cool if I did this kind of part,’” said Hader of the experience.

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The Trip to Italy

The largely improvised 2010 film THE TRIP took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semifictionalized versions thereof—on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, director Michael Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill,” and, of course, the virtue of movie sequels.

Called “Brilliant” and “The GODFATHER 2 of road movies” by The Hollywood Reporter, this gastronomically resplendent sequel repeats the earlier film’s mixed tone of hilarity and melancholia, as well as its absurd premise: the two men are on an all-expenses-paid trip for the Observer. Their assignment is to travel through a breathtakingly scenic country, eat lavishly, and stay in exquisite small hotels in order to write high-brow culinary drivel for the paper… even though they don’t actually know anything about food.

THE TRIP TO ITALY effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, letting audiences into their insightful ruminations on the nuances of juggling family and career. The result is a biting sketch of modern-day masculinity and male friendship.