A Monkey Bar party happened earlier this evening for Robert Kenner‘s Food, Inc., one of the five nominees for Best Feature Documentary Oscar. It’s presumed that the only real competition it has is Louie Psihoyos‘ The Cove (or vice versa), so it made sense for Magnolia Pictures, Food, Inc.‘s distributor, to hype things up a bit.
Food, Inc. director and co-writer Robert Kenner, Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman — 2.16, 8:55 pm.
Documentarian Alex Gibney (Casino Jack and the United States of Money, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson), Martha Stewart — 2.16, 8:25 pm.
“Fast Food Nation” author Eric Schlosser.
Peggy Siegal handled the guest list. Kenner attended along with Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation” (which Food, Inc. is based upon), and foodie maven Martha Stewart, an admirer/supporter who’s hosted several screenings of the film, she told me. Plus the usual array of filmmakers, Academy members and journalists like myself.
The accent was on healthy good, of course. The only unhealthy things served were mini-hot dogs inside toasted mini-croissant buns. The hors d’oeuvres were all-around delicious.