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By Bob Andelman
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I don’t know if Morgan Spurlock is getting rich as a documentary filmmaker, but he sure looks like a guy who is having a good time going to work each day.
Spurlock first came to international attention with his face-first slide into bad cholesterol hell with Super Size Me, his month-long ode to McDonald’s.
It was a great gimmick that had legs, much the same way that Roger & Me earlier launched the career of Michael Moore.
MORGAN SPURLOCK audio excerpt: “Stan Lee is a force of nature. He’s one of these people who has more passion, more drive about this industry than anyone I’ve ever met. I was really, really lucky.”
You can LISTEN to this interview with documentary filmmaker MORGAN SPURLOCK, director of COMIC-CON: EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE, by clicking the audio player above!
Both men bring a modern, populist point-of-view to their nonfiction storytelling; Spurlock, however, is the one who seems more interested in entertaining and less about directly beating viewers over the head to make a sociological point.
This week, Spurlock has two new products for the world to see.
In a moment, we’re going to talk about Comic-Con: Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, in which he follows five attendees through the annual San Diego, California convention of comic book and genre movie supergeeks. Along the way, he captures his own conversations with Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Matt Groening, Seth Rogen and Eli Roth.
Spurlock is also the man behind a new TV series that debuted on Hulu this week, “A Day in the Life Of…” It’s Hulu’s first original programming and the first episode features one of my own podcast heroes, comedian Marc Maron.
Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 12 books, including Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).