Pioneering Doc filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Dies at 53

Pioneering Doc filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Dies at 53
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Award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary film­mak­er Mor­gan Spur­lock, best known for his 2004 phe­nom­e­non “Super Size Me,” passed away Thurs­day at 53 from can­cer complications.

Spur­lock­’s ground­break­ing film “Super Size Me” doc­u­ment­ed his health decline after con­sum­ing exclu­sive­ly McDon­ald’s food for 30 days. 

The film sparked a nation­al con­ver­sa­tion about fast-food nutri­tion and earned Spur­lock an Acad­e­my Award nom­i­na­tion for Best Doc­u­men­tary Fea­ture. He also won the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val’s Best Direc­tor award for the film.

Spur­lock­’s suc­cess con­tin­ued with doc­u­men­taries like “Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?” (2008) and “Freako­nom­ics” (2010). He expand­ed into tele­vi­sion cre­at­ing CNN’s “Mor­gan Spur­lock: Inside Man” and FX’s “30 Days.”

While Spur­lock faced per­son­al chal­lenges in 2017 with accu­sa­tions of mis­con­duct, his broth­er Craig described him as a “true cre­ative genius” and “spe­cial man” who sig­nif­i­cant­ly impact­ed the world through his art, ideas, and generosity. 

Spur­lock­’s pass­ing leaves a void in the doc­u­men­tary film­mak­ing com­mu­ni­ty, and his ground­break­ing work will con­tin­ue to influ­ence future filmmakers.

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