This is an edited excerpt from an interview with Marisa Miller Wolfson.
At July’s Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of catching a sneak peek of the documentary Vegucated. The film is described as “Super Size Me in reverse.” It follows the journey of three meat-loving, I’m-not-sure-what-veganism-really-is New Yorkers who attempt to go vegan for six weeks. Filmmaker (and vegan) Marisa Miller Wolfson put an ad out on Craigslist for volunteers for her project, and after some entertaining interviews, Brian, a “bacon-loving bachelor who eats out all the time;” Tesla, “the college student who avoids vegetables and bans beans;” and Ellen, “the single mom who prefers comedy to cooking” were chosen as the film’s subjects. Wolfson shows them the ropes of being vegan and illustrates why people are vegan. We watch their struggles, joys and final decision: will they continue on the vegan path?
Unlike many documentaries about veganism or animal rights, this film is fun, light and leaves you feeling motivated and inspired — but not on the verge of tears.
This isn’t the first time Marisa has helped people test the waters of vegan life. In addition to working as the outreach director for Kind Green Planet, she runs Vegan at Heart, a free email coaching program for people who are “vegan at heart, but not necessarily in practice.” I was lucky enough to chat with Marisa about Vegucated, her own vegan journeys and her undying love of kale. Here is the Vegucated trailer, followed by my interview.
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