2011 · Unrated · 1h 16m
Vegucated is an award-winning, guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.
There’s Brian, the bacon-loving bachelor who eats out all the time, Ellen, the single mom who prefers comedy to cooking, and Tesla, the college student who avoids vegetables and bans beans. They have no idea that so much more than steak is at stake and that the fate of the world may fall on their plates. Lured with true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon start to wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before.
But can their conviction carry them when times get tough? What about on family vacations fraught with skeptical step-dads, carnivorous cousins, and breakfast buffets?
Part sociological experiment, part science class, and part adventure story, Vegucated showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time.
About the Filmmakers
Vegucated was produced by FilmBuff and directed by Marisa Miller Wolfson. Find out more about the film at getvegucated.com.
“Vegucated is fresh and fun, using humor to reach an audience without sugarcoating the issues or sacrificing the seriousness of the subject. An exceptional effort by a first-time filmmaker, this is a rare grassroots project with the ability to make it big.” – VegNews Magazine
“This film can change your life in so many positive ways; it’s truly a must-see. What I love most is how Marisa Miller Wolfson presents interesting facts and compelling information in such a fun way that you barely notice you’re learning some big stuff!” – Kathy Freston, author of Quantum Wellness and Veganist
“I love this film. Not only does it cover the hows and whys of healthy, humane eating, but it captures the OMGs and WTFs of the transformation process. A must-see!” – Rory Freedman, bestselling co-author of Skinny Bitch
“This documentary, although not perfect, does a good job of illustrating one single element that can not be overlooked when we choose to eat meat or other animal products such as cow’s milk or cheese – that of suffering. I am not talking about the moment of death that comes to animals but of the abuses that starts at birth, continues throughout their lives and ultimately ends with their death. The production of animal food products in the industrialized world is a cycle of violence that is so brutal in its scope that the only possible way for people to eat its products is to be in sheer ignorance of it. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of truth and although the director’s agenda is clear in the film it nevertheless doesn’t take away from the fact of all the harm – environmental, ecological, and ultimately the harm done to animals – that animal farming does.” – Sam Park, Amazon
“It wasn’t really trying to be about eating a perfect diet, it was just about making the point that a vegan diet is more healthful for the body and the planet. I did notice that over time, these three individuals in the documentary moved away from eating processed fake meats and toward more whole foods, but it’s a gradual process. When I first stopped eating meat, I ate those Tofu Pups and Tofurky and so forth all the time. Now, I have no interest in that stuff. This movie did make me think hard about my dairy and egg consumption. I wonder how many of these practices are being used even in the organic dairy and egg farms. Apparently, “organic” has nothing to do with how the animals are treated.” – Tamaraleigh Lippegrenfell, Amazon