A budding young movie-maker who secretly film the unappetizing meals being served up at his elementary school has seen his results become an award-winning documentary.
New York City public school student Zachary Maxwell, now 11, started filming his school lunches in the fall of 2011 because of a dispute with his parents about whether or not he should be allowed to take lunch to school.
While his parents wanted him to eat the school’s lunches, which sounded appetizing on the school’s menu, Zachary wanted to prove that the menus weren’t accurate.
Over a six month period, Zachary sneaked a video camera into his school cafeteria and filmed his less-than-appetizing meals.
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With help from his father, those undercover reports were turned in a 20-minute film called ‘Yuck: A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary About School Lunch.’
‘The city’s Department of Education says that it’s committed to providing “delicious and nutritious meals through their food service program.” But the lunch being served at my school was nothing like what they were advertising on their website,’ says Zachary in the trailer for his film.
The documentary has already won the budding young filmmaker, who goes by his first and middle names, several film festival awards and it is set to be screened at the Manhattan Film Festival next month.