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Action! Social Action: 'Justice for My Sister' by Kimberly Bautista

Having just taken the Audience Award at Laliff, Justice for My Sister was so compelling that I had to take action and so I interviewed the filmmaker Kimberly Bautista....

Kimberly Bautista's debut feature length documentary film, Justice for my Sister, received funding from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Latino Public Broadcasting, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, and the Dutch Embassy in Guatemala. Justice for my Sister's educational distribution is with New Day Films, and FilmOption International Inc represents its international sales. It has screened in over 150 communities in Guatemala with the help of the Guatemalan Justice for my Sister advocacy team. Kimberly launched a text message-based service in Guatemala to supplement the film and to connect audiences to resources, references, and counseling after community screenings. Her new media and outreach campaign received first prize in the Cuban Hat Transmedia Pitch at Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle, France in June 2012. The film has won several accolades, including the HBO-nalip 2012 Documentary Filmmaker Award, the Camera Justitia Jury Prize at the 2013 Movies that Matter Festival in Holland, and the Ojo Latinoamericano Jury Prize at the 2013 International Human Rights Film Festival in Sucre, Bolivia. Most recently, it won the Prize for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.

In June 2013, Kimberly spoke at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland on a panel about Violence Against Women & Girls in Latin America & the Caribbean, where she presented Justice for my Sister and the film's campaign. Kimberly is the recipient of the inaugural 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater Pitzer College for Commitment to Promoting International Domestic Violence Prevention through the Use of Media. She received the prestigious 2012 Alumna of the Year Cornelian Award from Mayfield Senior School for exemplifying the school's motto, "Actions Not Words." She was the finalist for the 2013 Estela "Rising Star" Award for Documentary from Nalip for her work with Justice for my Sister.

In 2006, Kimberly founded and directed the Intercultural Web Exchange, a video pen-pal web program between young women in Quito, Ecuador and young Chicana women in Pomona, California. The project lasted for over three years and culminated in a college prep opportunity for the participants. In 2008, Kimberly filmed testimonies of Guatemalans who witnessed human rights violations; these videos were to be used as evidence of genocide to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights with prosecutors from Cal Berkeley and the Myrna Mack Foundation. She has since worked as a freelance field producer both in Latin America and California for clients in the non- profit sector (Hebrew Immigrant Aide Society, The Un Refugee Agency) and the corporate sector (Herbalife). She has also worked on films such as Patricia Cardoso's Lies in Plain Sight and Morgan Spurlock's Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, and television programs on Latv and The Learning Channel. She wrote and directed two public service announcements that aired on Univision to encourage Latinos in the Los Angeles area to pursue a higher education.

Kimberly holds a Master's in Social Documentation from University of California, Santa Cruz for film production. In Spring 2013, she worked as a lecturer at California State University Monterey Bay in the Visual and Public Art Department. She acted as a jury member for the Connect the Docs transmedia pitch competition at the 2013 Hot Docs Conference & Forum in Toronto, Canada. She spoke on two panels--about investigative journalism & advocacy film, and women and girls in public media--at the International PUblic Television Screening Conference (Input) in El Salvador this May 2013.

Campaign

"We have established a campaign in Guatemala where we train young people in violence prevention, and they in turn facilitate workshops on healthy relationships with diverse audiences, from the National Civil Police, to indigenous communities, among others. We also have a service called texting peace, where our film advocates connects audiences to services and references via text messaging. We want to bring this documentary and campaign to all of Latin America. Our allies in the Dutch Embassy in Costa Rica have submitted our proposal to the Central American Integration System (Sica)."

Screenings

• Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (Laliff), Best Documentary

• Festival Internacional de Cine de los Derechos Humanos de Sucre, Bolivia, "Pukañawi 2013/Ojo Latinoamericano” Jury Prize, July 2013

• Un Human Rights Council Session 23 ­ Panel “Violence Against Women & Girls in Latin America & The Caribbean,” Switzerland, June 2013

• International Public Television Conference (InPuT), El Salvador, May 2013

• Cine Las Americas Festival, Austin Texas, April 2013

• Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, April 2013

• University of San Francisco Human Rights Film Festival, April 2013

• Movies That Matter Festival, Holland, “Camera Justitia” Jury Prize, March 2013

• Puerto Rico International Film Festival Vieques Island, December 2012

• Women Make Waves Film Festival, Taiwan October 2012

• San Francisco International Latino Film Festival, September 2012

• Fine cut premiered at Palacio Nacional (National Palace),Guatemala, Nov 2011 • 150 community screenings and workshops in Guatemala

• 20 university screenings (including USC, University of Wisconsin, Madison, University of Minnesota, Duluth, and Cal State Monterrey Bay)

Awards

• Estela Award Finalist, National Association of Latino Independent Producers, 2013

• Inaugural Young Alumni Achievement Award for Commitment to Promoting International Domestic Violence Prevention Through Use of Media, Pitzer College, 2013

• Winner of the 2012 HBO/Nalip Documentary Filmmaker Award

• 2012 Cornelian Award “Alumna of the Year” from Mayfield Senior School

• First Place Winner, Cuban Hat Transmedia Pitch, Sunny Side of the Doc, France, 2012

• Speaker at Firelight Media’s Creating Social Impact through Story in a Transmedia World Seminar, May 2012

• One-Year Latino Artist Mentorship, Nalip, 2010­-11

Princess Grace Award, Documentary Honorarium, 2008

• Hispanic Scholarship Fund, McNamara Creative Arts Grant, 2008

Audience Engagement Campaign (Select List of Events)

• 30 facilitators (replicators of campaign) trained in violence prevention and public speaking in Guatemala

• 150 community screenings and violence prevention workshops in Guatemala

• 17 screenings and workshops with police, prosecutors, and judges in Guatemala (funded by Movies That Matter Foundation and consultation by Un Women)

• Text-message campaign in Guatemala to provide references, advice, and advocacy to audiences (launched in collaboration with Freedom Connect)

• Panel discussion co-hosted by Lapd and Central American Consulates in Los Angeles, with service providers tabling event

• Take Back the Night Event in Boyle Heights

• Mujeres Al Frente leadership workshop series with promotoras (community health promoters) from our partners at East La Women's Center

International Conferences

• First Place Winner, Cuban Hat Transmedia Pitch, Sunny Side of the Doc, France, 2012

• Latin Side of the Doc, Mexico City, November 2012

• Rio Content Market, February 2013

• MipDoc, April 2013

• Hot Docs Canadian Forum, April 2013

• International Public Television Conference (InPuT), El Salvador, May 2013
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Exclusive: Director Morgan Spurlock Talks One Direction: This Is Us

Exclusive: Director Morgan Spurlock Talks One Direction: This Is Us
Morgan Spurlock talks the phenomenon of 1D and One Direction: This Is Us, in theaters August 30th

Almost 10 years ago, director Morgan Spurlock broke onto the scene with his enormously popular documentary Super Size Me, and since then, he has spawned a non-fiction empire, of sorts. Along with TV shows such as FX's 30 Days and his brand new CNN series Inside Man, the filmmaker has directed a number of popular non-fiction films such as Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, Pom Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Mansome and Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope. The director returns to give 1D fans and non-fans alike a glimpse into one of the biggest pop sensations in the world with One Direction: This Is Us, debuting in theaters August 30. I recently had the chance to speak with the director over the phone about this project, where he followed
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DVD Review - Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011)

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, 2011.

Directed by Morgan Spurlock.

Featuring Stan Lee, Jos Whedon, Kevin Smith, Eli Roth, Seth Green and a few hundred thousand extras.

Synopsis:

Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and Vampires get along? Where Wizards and Wookies can be themselves? …Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego.

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope arrived on my doormat and seeing as we are a home of Nerds, both wifey Jeanie and eldest daughter Evil Kitty (not her real name) wanted to watch it too. As I knew Mr. Hatch was an aging Nerd like myself I invited him down and so today I give you an across an across the board review. Like a total gentleman I'll start with my musings...

Vil's Review (39)

After seeing Trekkies I was about a bit worried about watching Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, and whether I would be biting
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Morgan Spurlock Finds A Project More Punishing Than A Month Of McDonalds: Directing The 'One Direction' Movie

If you needed any further evidence that Morgan Spurlock has slid from somebody who perhaps had an interesting viewpoint on modern contemporary life to a man who is churning out doc shlock, here it is: he'll be directing the One Direction 3D concert movie. That's right, the latest boy-band sensation is following in the footsteps of Justin Bieber and Katy Perry and getting their own movie that will make its way to bargain bins and pop culture irrelevancy soon enough. For Spurlock it's another project in a string of lightweight movies that has seen him turn his ever winking camera to Star Wars nerds ("Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope"), male grooming ("Mansome"), himself/advertising ("The Greatest Movie Ever Sold") and hell, he even made the hunt for Osama Bin Laden seem pretty trivial with "Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden." This will be your standard (carefully vetted) "behind-the-scenes" plus.
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One Direction 3D Movie Gets Director Morgan Spurlock

One Direction 3D Movie Gets Director Morgan Spurlock
Sony Pictures announced today that it's making a 3D film showcasing London-based global music sensation One Direction. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) will direct the film, which TriStar Pictures will release on August 30, 2013 (Labor Day weekend). Here's what Morgan Spurlock had to say about the project.

"This is an incredible opportunity and an amazing moment in time for the band. To capture this journey and share it with audiences around the world will be an epic undertaking that I am proud to be a part of."

Producer Simon Cowell also released a statement regarding this new movie.

"I'm delighted we're making this film and Morgan is the perfect person to give that access-all-areas, behind-the-scenes look into what it's like to be One Direction today. What the band have achieved is incredible, they and their fans have made history around the world - this is for them."

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One Direction Concert Doc Coming From Morgan Spurlock

The concert movie trend has been a little hit or miss in recent years, with some scoring huge-- Justin Bieber's Never Say Never-- and others, like Katy Perry's Part of Me, failing to make much of an impact. But it's still a pretty good strategy to team up with a pop sensation and release a movie about them, and Sony Pictures will be next to get in on the game, planning a new concert documentary about British boy band phenoms One Direction. And in a movie you almost definitely didn't see coming, they've chosen an Oscar nominated documentarian to make it. Morgan Spurlock, who rose to fame with Super Size Me and has since made The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, will direct the One Direction movie, which is already set for an August 30, 2013 release. Simon Cowell, who is credited with "discovering
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Morgan Spurlock Heads to CNN With New Weekend Series 'Inside Man'

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Morgan Spurlock Heads to CNN With New Weekend Series 'Inside Man'
The insanely prolific Morgan Spurlock has already had two documentaries in theaters this year -- "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" and "Mansome" -- while producing and hosting a second season of his Hulu show "A Day in the Life" as well as his Yahoo web series "Failure Club." And now the filmmaker and on-air personality is headed to cable news, where he'll be hosting a producing a new original series called "Inside Man." Read More: 'Mansome' Director Morgan Spurlock Talks VOD Vs Theatrical and Why Christopher J. Christie Needs to Lose Some Weight This new show is, like the announced Anthony Bourdain-hosted foot and travel-centric series it will air alongside on weekends, part of CNN's attempt to diversify its programming and address its low ratings. Both new series are being produced by outside companies, in the case of "Inside Man" through Spurlock's Warrior...
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'Mansome' Director Morgan Spurlock Talks VOD Vs Theatrical and Why Christopher J. Christie Needs to Lose Some Weight

'Mansome' Director Morgan Spurlock Talks VOD Vs Theatrical and Why Christopher J. Christie Needs to Lose Some Weight
Documentary funnyman (and Academy Award nominee) Morgan Spurlock has had a tough run of late in theaters. Ever since his debut "Super Size Me" become a high-grossing indie phenomenon (it made North of $11 million domestically), Spurlock has seen his theatrical stock drop with each subsequent release. In 2008, his "Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden" grossed $148,698 from 102 screens, ending up with just $384,955 in total. Last year, his much-hyped "Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" averaged $6,572 from 18 screens en route to a $638,476 gross. And this year, Spurlock released his two biggest theatrical flops to date: "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" and "Mansome. The latter nose dived theatrically in May after premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, averaging just $920 per theater (it opened in 20) in its first week of limited release. "Comic-Con" fared a bit better by averaging $2,734 when it...
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William Shatner’s Get a Life Trailer

With Comic-Con just two days away, the imminent pandering to fans has already begun. Morgan Spurlock's documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope just hit DVD and Blu-ray this week, and now it appears that we have yet another fan-oriented documentary that will be premiering at the Con: William Shatner's Get a Life. The movie finds Shatner trying to get to the bottom of what makes Trekkers tick. But wait a minute, hasn't this subject already been explored like a billion times before? Why yes... yes it has. Watching the teaser trailer for Get a Life, it's hard to see anything new that Shatner might be able to add to the conversation. In addition to Trekkies and Trekkies 2, there is Rod Roddenbery's Trek Nation, which is also holding a special screening at Comic-Con this week. If Shatner's last documentary The Captains is any indication of what to expect,
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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: American Reunion, Margaret, Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope

It's pretty slim pickings this week with just one major release hitting stores: that would be the fourth installment in the American Pie series, American Reunion. The movie didn't do all that well in theatres back in April, but it does seem like something that could do well on DVD, particularly during the summer months. Another noteworthy release is Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret, a drama starring Matt Damon and Anna Paquin that was notoriously held up by legal battles over the final cut and ended up getting the shaft with a very limited theatrical release. Also out on DVD and Blu-ray this week we have Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale, Being Flynn starring Paul Dano and Robert DeNiro, and Morgan Spurlock's geek-centric documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (complete with collectible figures). New to Blu titles include Chariots of Fire, Senna and Outland starring Sean Connery.
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Geek Gossip: Funding for series about YouTube hit Sexy Nerd Girl; Stephanie Thorpe among Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con

Versus Valerie, a 12-part original web series that will chronicle the chaotic life of YouTube sensation Sexy Nerd Girl, has been awarded financing from the Independent Production Fund.

For 18 months, the team behind Sexy Nerd Girl has crafted the online persona of the fictional character Valerie Lapomme (played by Hannah Spear).

The result has been an internet sensation whose videos have over 1.75 million views and have been nominated for Best Web Series in the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards.

The team's efforts have focused on making interactions with the audience an important part of the story, often shaping Val's personal views, her relationships and her story as a whole.

Sexy Nerd Girl is a first person narrative, with Valerie broadcasting her story through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, her blog and her successful vlog (video blog) on YouTube.

Valerie will now feature in a 12-part series, directed by Mike Fly and Simon Fraser, which
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San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Preview Night and Thursday Schedule

San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Preview Night and Thursday Schedule
Comic-Con International has released the full schedules for Preview Night, Wednesday, July 11, and the first full day at the Con, Thursday, July 12. We have pulled out all the movie, DVD, and TV-related events right here. You can also clickHere for the entire schedule, including comic book events.

Wednesday, July 11 - Preview Night

6:00-9:45 Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings

Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated TV series pilots of the 2012-13 television season: 666 Park Avenue, Arrow, The Following, Revolution and Cult.

666 Park Avenue

At 666 Park Avenue, anything you desire can be yours...for a price. Lost's Terry O'Quinn and Desperate Housewives' Vanessa Williams headline this scary, seductive drama from Alloy Entertainment as the owners of a Manhattan apartment building who recruit an idealistic young couple
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Comic-Con 2012 schedule: Final 'Twilight' panel and 'Dexter' headline opening day

The countdown to the end of "The Twilight Saga" on movie screens can officially start on July 12, when the cast makes its final Comic-Con appearance in support of the movies.

Comic-Con International has released the schedule for the opening day of the 2012 convention. "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2" will kick things off in Hall H, the biggest room at the San Diego Convention Center. The movie hits theaters in November.

Other Day 1 headliners include sessions for "Dexter," which will feature both new cast member Yvonne Strahovski ("Chuck") and a trailer for fellow Showtime series "Homeland"; USA's "Psych," featuring a peek at episodes from the coming season; and The CW's new series "Beauty and the Beast" with Kristin Kreuk.

Other Hall H sessions include one for Walt Disney Studios' "Frankenweenie," "Oz the Great and Powerful" and "Wreck-It Ralph" and one for "The Expendables 2" with Sylvester Stallone and Co.

Warner Bros. TV
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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Preview Night & Day 1 (July 11 & 12) Schedules Now Live

The schedules for the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Preview Night and Day 1 (July 11 and July 12) are now live, and we have the horror highlights for you here (along with a few panels of general interest). As always, though, be sure to check the official Sdcc site for updates!

We also recommend downloading the Sdcc app if you have a smart phone.

Preview Night - Wednesday, July 11

6:00-9:45 Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings— Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated TV series pilots of the 2012–13 television season: 666 Park Avenue, Arrow, The Following, Revolution and Cult. More info can be found here. Ballroom 20

Day 1 - Thursday, July 12

10:00-11:00 The Witty Women of Steampunk— The Victorian era was one marked by constraints on behavior, morals and bosoms. When you
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Joss Whedon gets his own action figure - picture

Joss Whedon gets his own action figure - picture
Joss Whedon has been turned into an action figure. The Avengers director will be one of four collectible figurines packaged along with collector's edition DVDs of Morgan Spurlock's documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope. The other three figurines will be Spurlock himself, former Marvel head Stan Lee and Ain't It Cool News founder Harry Knowles, Entertainment Weekly reports. (more)
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Tribeca Review: Morgan Spurlock's Crowd-Pleasing 'Mansome' Is Cute, But Unilluminating

What makes a man shave his chest? Sport a hirsute, ridiculously long and absurd-looking beard? Bleach his anus, thread his eyebrows or play around with his facial hair in any number of manscaping ways? These are some of the questions posed in Morgan Spurlock's latest cheery and congenial documentary, "Mansome."

And the music in Spurlock's documentaries of late are always a dead give-away of what's in store tone-wise (in case it’s not obvious): generally a jovial, breezy and blithe ol' time for what's usually an 80-minute trifle. And "Mansome," the documentarian’s latest, is an amiable look at male grooming, and therefore as a byproduct, masculinity too (though it's not a focus), and it falls safely and neatly into a pleasant tone.

Executive-produced by "Arrested Development" buddies Jason Bateman and Will Arnett, the doc frames itself around these two friends going to a spa and comically discussing
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Last Night on Late Night: Morgan Spurlock Was Escorted Onstage by Stormtroopers

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Last Night on Late Night: Morgan Spurlock Was Escorted Onstage by Stormtroopers
Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Morgan Spurlock, director of the geeky doc, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, was fittingly escorted onstage by a pair of stormtroopers — not the originals, but the "even more evil" clones. Plus: Think Like a Man's Gabrielle Union, while annoyed by her superficial Tsa My Little Pony–style pet-down, was maddened by the behind-her-back jokes while she was putting herself back together; and Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23's Krysten Ritter, and Andy Richter contemplated the housewarming gift that James Van Der Beek had given Ritter: a jar of stinky, brown wolf urine for repelling the coyotes from her tiny dog. Watch our compilation to see what you missed.
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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope La Premiere Pictures

Alicia Arden attending the "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" Los Angeles Premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood on April 4th 2012.Photo credit S Bukley and ImageCollect.Stan Lee and Alicia Arden attending the "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" Los Angeles Premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood on April 4th 2012.Photo credit S Bukley and ImageCollect.Chris Hardback attending the "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" Los Angeles Premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood on April 4th 2012.Photo credit S Bukley and ImageCollect.Joss Whedon attending the "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" Los Angeles Premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood on April 4th 2012.Photo credit S Bukley and ImageCollect.Alicia Arden attending the "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" Los Angeles Premiere
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Joss Whedon runs through a Buffy vs Black Widow showdown

Joss Whedon has pretty much built his career around strong female characters (see Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse et al) and now - as he prepares to turn his attention to The Avengers' Black Widow - the director has given USA Today (via Vulture) a detailed account of how he thinks a showdown between Sarah Michelle Gellar's vampire slayer and Scarlett Johansson's super spy would go down:

"Buffy would go easy at first, but as soon as Natasha popped her with a Widow Sting, she'd start bringing some slayer brawn to the fray. Natasha's fast, but a couple of good connects and she's wobbling, possibly something broken -- she whips out her glock and now Buffy's dodging -- right where Natasha wants her. Natasha shoots the cable holding the steel barrels and they tumble onto Buffy, nearly burying her -- Buffy just arcs out of the way,
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Morgan Spurlock On Why He Stayed Behind The Camera For Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

Since making his directorial debut with Super Size Me in 2004, Morgan Spurlock has not only made a name for himself as a documentarian but also as a personality. Just about all of his films feature himself in the middle of the action, whether it.s about eating nothing but McDonalds for 30 days, searching for Osama Bin Laden, or trying to finance a film using only money for corporate sponsors. For Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, however, he decided to go with a different tactic. Touring the San Diego Convention Center in the film is not Spurlock himself, but rather camera crews following individuals who have a goal to accomplish at the event. But why did Spurlock decide to stay behind the scenes for his latest project? I recently had the chance to find out. Prior to the film.s release I sat down one-on-one with Morgan Spurlock to talk
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