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UVA Alum Katie Couric to Attend Virginia Film Festival

by vibethink on September 8, 2014

Katie Couric Coming to 2014 VFF to Present Acclaimed Documentary Fed Up

Critically Acclaimed “Film the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to See” Based on Premise That Everything We’ve Been Told About Food and Exercise for the Past 30 Years is “Dead Wrong”

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – August 19, 2014 – University of Virginia alum Katie Couric will return to Charlottesville for this year’s Virginia Film Festival to present a special screening of the acclaimed documentary Fed Up. The film, which Couric executive produced along with Laurie David (producer of An Inconvenient Truth), has been widely promoted as “the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see” and is based on the premise that everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong.

The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia.

Using a combination of interviews with a variety of food and nutrition experts plus heartbreaking first-person tales of young people battling the runaway childhood obesity epidemic in the United States, the film takes to task the powerful corporate lobby known as “Big Sugar” as well as government agencies and representatives who failed to stop the problem before it spiraled out of control.

Fed Up (www.fedupmovie.com), narrated by Couric and written and directed by Stephanie Soechtig, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year.

“We are proud to welcome Katie Couric back to Charlottesville and to the Virginia Film Festival for the first time,” said Virginia Film Festival Director and U.Va. Vice-Provost for the Arts Jody Kielbasa. “Katie is obviously a great friend of and powerful advocate for the University, and this is a timely film with a powerful message that resonates throughout our area here just as it does throughout our nation. We look forward to the screening and to the vibrant discussion that will follow it.”

The 2014 Virginia Film Festival will take place from November 6-9 at venues throughout Charlottesville. The full program for the Festival will be announced on Tuesday, October 7, and tickets will officially go on sale on Friday, October 10.

Premiere sponsors for the 2014 Virginia Film Festival are The AV Company, The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation (Richard M. Adler and Joseph Erdman, Trustees), and the Virginia Film Office.

For more information, visit www.virginiafilmfestival.org.