Morgan Spurlock is an award-winning writer, director, and producer. But you might know him best in his role as guinea pig for his film Super Size Me.
During the making of the film, which examined the phenomenon of fast food and obesity in America, Spurlock subjected himself to a grueling, 30-day “McDonald’s Only” diet to document the food’s impact on his health.
When the film first premiered in the US, it quickly became the first documentary to ever break into the weekend box office top ten. As one of the highest-grossing documentary films of all time, Super Size Me has played in more than 50 countries around the world and its popularity has made it recognizable by millions of consumers. At the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Super Size Me wowed audiences and critics alike and won Spurlock the Best Director award in the Documentary Competition. The film was also honored with an Academy Award nomination in February 2005 for Best Documentary Feature.
The impact of Morgan Spurlock’s film on our society is undeniable. Turn on the TV, open the paper, drive down the road – advertisements for healthier fast food fare have popped up everywhere in the aftermath of Super Size Me’s popularity.
His critically acclaimed film The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, examines branding, advertising, and product placement in America—in a film funded by branding, advertising, and product placement.
His most recent films are Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, which takes an empathetic view of the world’s largest pop culture trade convention, and Mansome, which features an all-star cast of commentators including Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Zach Galifianakis who opine on the grooming habits of the 21st century man.
In 2013, Spurlock returned to TV as host and producer of the CNN original series, Inside Man. Each week Spurlock provides an insider’s view into rarely-seen sectors of American life that include gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers, and end-of-life caregivers.