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Aug. 26, 2003


    OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego will present an admission-free Artswego film series flavored with tie-ins to "Fast Food Nation," a book chosen for campus-wide reading under the Oswego Reading Initiative.

    The bestseller by Eric Schlosser offers a behind-the-scenes look at the fast food industry, with topics ranging from meat cleanliness and obesity to investigative journalism and international marketing. All six entries in the ORI film series relate in some way to topics raised in "Fast Food Nation." Each film will begin at 7 p.m. in Timepieces in the basement of Hewitt Union and will feature a post-screening discussion.

    The series will kick off on Sept. 23 with "The Frank Truth," which delves into the world of muckraking journalism and tabloid reporting. The film was shot over the course of two years behind the scenes of Frank, which bills itself as the only satire magazine published in North America. Tim Nekritz, associate director of SUNY Oswego's Office of Public Affairs, will lead the post-screening discussion.

    On Oct. 22, labor exploitation will be explored through the film "Sweating for a T-Shirt." The story springs from UCLA freshman Arlen Benjamin learning that her college's T-shirts were made in Honduras and follows the student and her mother as they tour the Central American country and become crusaders against sweatshops. Dr. Steve Rosow, professor of political science, will lead the discussion.

     "Divine Food: 100 Years in the Delicatessen Trade," slated for Nov. 12, will offer a look at the culture and flavor of the kosher Jewish delicatessen, as seen through generations of the Oscherwitz family. Dr. Gwen Kay, assistant professor of history, will head the post-film discussion.

    On Feb. 5, the spring session of the film series will begin with "Scotland, Pa.," a modern twist on Shakespeare's "MacBeth" set in a 1970s Pennsylvania diner. In this version, toil and trouble ensue after lead characters Mac and Pat McBeth, tired of working in dead-end restaurant jobs, hatch a plan after learning of a scheme by their boss to revolutionize the fast food industry. Mark Cole, professor and chair of theatre, will lead the post-screening discussion.

    "Java Jive" will offer a perky and fast-paced look at the coffee industry on March 10. The film explores the link between the vitality of cafe culture, the conditions of coffee production and the rise of corporation chains in the clash of caffeination.

    The satiric comedy "Tampopo" will round out the film series on April 13. Directed by Itami and billed
as the "first Japanese noodle western," the film plumbs the link between food and sex as a widow running a Tokyo restaurant and a cowboy hat-wearing truck driver try to make the perfect bowl of ramen.

    For more information, call the Artswego office at 312-4581.
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