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FAST FOOD NATION

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The truth is hard to swallow.

Inspired by the incendiary bestseller that exposed the hidden facts behind America's fast food industry comes a powerful drama that takes an eye-opening journey into the dark heart of the All-American meal. Richard Linklater's FAST FOOD NATION traces the birth of an everyday, ordinary burger through a chain of riveting, interlocked human stories – from a hopeful, young immigrant couple who cross the border to work in a perilous meat-packing plant, to a teen clerk who dreams of life beyond the counter; to the corporate marketing whiz who is shocked to discover that his latest burger invention – "The Big One” – is literally full of manure. As the film traverses from pristine barbeque smoke labs to the volatile U.S.-Mexican border, it unveils a provocative portrait of all the yearning, ambition, corruption and hope that lies inside what America is biting into.

It all begins when Don Anderson (Greg Kinnear), the new marketing hot-shot at the fictional Mickey's Fast Food chain, discovers that nasty contaminants are getting into the frozen patties that form "The Big One” – his company's best-selling burger and the key to his corporate success. Determined to find out how this could happen, Don sets out on a revelatory investigation into just what goes into the making of Mickey's meat. Leaving the cushy confines of his California boardroom, Don heads for the ranches, slaughterhouses and cookie cutter strip malls of Cody, Colorado, where he discovers multiple perspectives on a fast-food world he never knew existed – one fraught with hazards, fueled by desperation and misinformation and resonant with deeply human effects.

FAST FOOD NATION is a Recorded Picture Company production directed by Richard Linklater and written by Eric Schlosser and Linklater, based on material from Schlosser's best-selling book of the same name. The film is produced by Jeremy Thomas and Malcolm McLaren with Jeff Skoll, Ricky Strauss, Chris Salvaterra, Ed Saxon, Peter Watson, Eric Schlosser and David M. Thompson executive producing. The co-producer is Ann Carli. The creative team includes director of photography Lee Daniel, editor Sandra Adair, production designer Bruce Curtis and costume designers Kari Perkins and Lee Hunsaker. The film is financed by Jeremy Thomas' HanWay Films, Participant Productions and the BBC.

The film features an accomplished ensemble cast that includes Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Dano, Luis Guzman, Ethan Hawke, Ashley Johnson, Greg Kinnear, Kris Kristofferson, Avril Lavigne, Esai Morales, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Lou Taylor Pucci, Ana Claudia Talancón and Wilmer Valderrama.

One out of every four Americans will consume a fast food meal today. But how many people really know what goes into that ultra-quick bite to eat – from the epic struggles of the farm workers who help produce it to the gruesome microbes of the packing plants that process it to the madcap escapades of the marketing geniuses who advertise it? In 1997 Eric Schlosser met with legendary Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner and began an investigation of the fast food industry for the magazine. What began as a two-part article for Rolling Stone became a bestselling book in 2001 – Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal. Thoroughly documented and compulsively readable, the non-fiction book stripped the veil off an industry that had long operated in secret.

Acclaimed by critics, the book shot to the top of best-seller lists and stayed there for months, compelling readers with its portrait of an industry that appeared to be rife with nightmare working conditions, unsanitary practices and a penchant for disinformation that has contributed to an epidemic of poor American health. So provocative, passionate and alarming were Schlosser's revelations, that many compared the book to Upton Sinclair's ind

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