Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608-0634

Media Contact: Dana Rakoczy at (562) 907-4974
Reference: 2004-05 #9


Whittier, CA (November 5, 2004)—Morgan Spurlock, the director and star of the recent wide-release movie Super Size Me, will offer a question and answer session following the screening of his film, Monday, November 22,  at 7:00 p.m. in The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts on the Whittier campus. Admission is $5.00; Whittier College students, faculty, and staff admitted free with valid identification. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Shannon Center Box Office, (562) 907-4203. 

Morgan Spurlock is best-known as the director and producer of Super Size Me, a disturbing film that offers a personal chronicle of the road to American obesity, and earned him Best Director in Documentary Competition Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.  A native of West Virginia, he is also the founder of The Con, a New York- based production company that develops original programming for both film and television. 

Adding “guinea pig” to his filmmaking repertoire, Spurlock filmed his grueling, 30-day “McDonald’s Only” diet to document the impact on his health. Scores of cheeseburgers, hundreds of fries, and dozens of chocolate shakes later, the formerly strapping 6-foot-2 New Yorker—who started out at a healthy 185 pounds—had packed on 25 pounds.   But the supersized shape was the least of his problems. Within a few days of beginning his drive-through diet, Spurlock, 33, was vomiting out the window of his car, and doctors who examined him were shocked at how rapidly Spurlock's entire body deteriorated.  His liver became toxic, his cholesterol shot up from a low 165 to 230, his libido flagged and he suffered headaches and depression. 

A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Spurlock has conceived and created more than 60 projects during his 12 years in the industry.  From commercials to music videos to television shows, Spurlock has had the privilege of working on both sides of the camera with such companies as MTV, ESPN, NBC, FOX, TNT, VH-1, Sony and MCA Records. 

The Ruth B. Shannon Center is located at the northeast corner of Painter Ave. and Philadelphia St. on the Whittier College campus. This event is sponsored by the Whittier College Office of Student Affairs, the Offices of the Dean of Students and Dean of Faculty, Council of Representatives (COR), Johnson Faculty Master’s Program, and the political science department.   

Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service. 

Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Orange County. 

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