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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

CHASP Reel Policy Series: Let Them Eat Cake

Event Details

Thursday, September 15, 2011
LBJ School, Bass Auditorium
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Join CHASP and watch Let Them Eat Cake, the first film in its exciting new film series, CHASP Reel Policy. The film is a 33-minute documentary by Lisa Kaselak. Let Them Eat Cake focuses on the processed food industry and its effect on student health in Texas schools. In particular, the film looks at the "Texas Cupcake Controversy," which arose in 2004 after the Texas Department of Agriculture banned junk food in public schools.

A half-hour discussion, moderated by filmmaker Lisa Kaselak, will follow the showing of the film.

RSVP: robin.pearson@austin.utexas.edu or 232-3423

More information about Let Them Eat Cake can be found on the Fanlight Productions website.

About Lisa Kaselak

Lisa KaselakLisa is an independent filmmaker from Austin, Texas. She uses photography and film to express her ideas and concerns about social issues.

Her first media project, The Twinkie Offense, photographed in large and graphic detail foods that are being marketed to children. Her documentary films, The Soup Peddler, Doubting Darwin, and Let Them Eat Cake explored issues such as the loss of community in America, the debate between evolution and intelligent design in classrooms and the attempt to ban junk food in the Texas public school system. Lisa worked in the fields of Web IA and Usability for 15 years, served as the first heterosexual Director of Programming for The Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, worked in feature and commercial film production in camera department roles, and now teaches film and media production full-time at Southern Methodist University.

Lisa received her MFA in film production from the University of Texas in May, 2006. She is currently working on an interactive documentary about a small town and former slave plantation in East Texas called Tomlinson Hill.

To learn more about school nutrition policy, download the CHASP Primer "Food for Thought: An Overview of Public School Nutrition Policy"