'Yuck' Trailer: A Fourth Grader Goes Undercover to Film a Documentary About His Awful School Lunch

'Yuck' Trailer: A Fourth Grader Goes Undercover to Film a Documentary About His Awful School Lunch

May 14, 2013

 

Zachary Maxwell is a fourth grader at P.S. 130 Hernando De Soto in New York City — a large public elementary school. Over a six-month period, the young student stealthily recorded his lunches and exposed the truth about the city's school food-service program in his documentary Yuck. Is it a revelation? No. Kids have been eating subpar food at schools for decades, but in recent years stuff like this has been getting a lot of attention with the hope that things can change. And really, I'm shocked to find out kids are actually eating their lunches these days and not goofing off and getting into trouble. Way to carry to torch, kids.

Zachary did face adversity with his project, however. When it was discovered what he was doing, his teacher told him to delete all the footage. Thankfully he didn't comply, and his 20-minute movie has been getting a lot of buzz at the NYC Independent Film Festival and winning several awards elsewhere. Watch a trailer for the mini Michael Moore's expose, and see what the school's fancy pants-sounding tricolor and tomato salad really looks like. Hint: gross!

For more on the doc, check out its official website.

 

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