With the end of the academic year upon us, kids everywhere will be escaping the confines of their schools and, thus, the horror that is cafeteria lunches. Most fourth graders choke down the food, as it is their only means of getting outside quickly for recess. But luckily for documentary enthusiasts and elementary school gastronomes alike, 11-year-old Zachary Maxwell is not most fourth graders.
In the fall of 2011, the New York City public school student became fed up with the NYC Department of Education (DOE), claiming that the meals they provided didn’t live up to their lofty descriptions in the online menu. In response, Maxwell snuck a video camera into school periodically over the next six months in order to document the true nature of the school lunches. The resulting film, titled Yuck, has blown up since its release, garnering accolades from critics and screenings at film festivals, including the Manhattan Film Festival.
Since then, the DOE has visited Zachary’s school in the Little Italy section of Manhattan. Officials from the department claim to “provide students with healthy and delicious school meals that are low in fat, sodium and calories.” While healthful meals are important for the well-being of our children, it is more important that they actually eat the food so that they may have the energy for learning. Perhaps Zachary’s impressive film is a step towards a more delicious school lunch.
Bono and U2 have always had a strong political bent and their latest musical project can be found on the soundtrack to the film " Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." We remember Nelson Mandela with U2's song, "Ordinary Love."
The soundtrack to...
A masterful look at photography. Some of these sets took MONTHS to build, for a single shot. A good lesson on patience, and an end result being worth the wait.
Former President George W. Bush has accepted President Obama's invitation to ride aboard Air Force One to Nelson Mandela's memorial service on Tuesday.
That got me to thinking. Will the two do any talking during the flight? According to...
Artist: Total Slacker
Song: Keep the Ships at Bay
Album: Slip Away
"This song is about next leveling," Tucker Rountree tells Rolling Stone. "Taking things in and then pushing it out farther than before to reach the summit of...
Song: Drag Bones
Album: Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth
"'Drag Bones' speaks to the age-old truth that change is always coming, for better or for worse," Robert Brinkerhoff tells Rolling Stone. "As with a lot of our tunes,...
Men need bigger noses because they tend to have more muscle—meaning they need more oxygen, a new study suggests. Researchers followed the growth of 18 women and 20 men from age three to past 20. While kids' nose sizes weren't much different...
Artist: Leif Vollebekk
Song: "When the Subway Comes Above the Ground"
Album: North Americana
"The song is about a lot of things - from driving by the place where Jeff Buckley drowned, to forgetting some wonderful, late-night conversations I once...
Artist: The Whistles and the Bells
Song: Mercy Please
Album: The Nashville Indie Spotlight
"I'd like it carved it on my gravestone. But I won't hold the chisel on that day so I scratched it out on a napkin one Monday morning," Bryan...