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Food Evolution - movie screening and discussion with Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy

September 27, 2018
Mountainlair - Gluck Theatre
7:30 p.m. 

Narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, FOOD EVOLUTION is set amidst a brutally polarized debate marked by fear, distrust, and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, FOOD EVOLUTION wrestles with the emotions and the evidence driving one of the most heated arguments of our time.

Co-sponsored by the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

Academy Award® nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy is a writer, director, producer, cameraman, and editor. He has worked on everything from documentary and scripted film with legends like Roger Corman, directed music videos like Jimmy Cliff’s international hit “I Can See Clearly Now,” to commercials, motion capture animation, scripted and reality television. His documentary work includes Oscar Nominated The Garden, which tells the story of the complicated struggle over the nation’s largest community garden; Independent Spirit Award Nominee OT: our town—about the first play in 25 years at Dominguez High School in Compton; and the critically acclaimed Fame High, which follows four students through a year at one of the most respected and competitive performing arts high schools in the country. Scott recently launched Time Capsule Movies, a production company that personally curates documentaries that capture special moments in your life to be shared for generations to come. 

Scott’s latest documentary, narrated by the esteemed astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, is FOOD EVOLUTION, which, through resetting the GMO controversy, highlights the importance of using the scientific method to help everyone – from parents to politicians – make better decisions. FOOD EVOLUTION was both one of the most controversial and well-received documentaries of 2017, garnering a rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, where the LA Times wrote: "Calm, careful, potentially revolutionary, FOOD EVOLUTION is an iconoclastic documentary on a hot-button topic,” and the NY Times: "FOOD EVOLUTION posits an inconvenient truth for organic boosters to swallow: In a world desperate for safe, sustainable food, GMOs may well be a force for good."  It has been screened on Capitol Hill, the National Academy of Sciences, the European Parliament, the FAO, and many more.

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