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Eric Schlosser

Festival Special Guest/ Author Command and Control/ Producer/Co-Writer of Command and Control Documentary

As an investigative journalist, Eric Schlosser tries to explore subjects ignored by the mainstream media and give a voice to people at the margins of society. Schlosser’s first book, Fast Food Nation (2001), helped start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. It has been translated into more than twenty languages and remained on The New York Times bestseller list for two years. His second book, Reefer Madness (2003), looked at America’s thriving underground economy and was also a New York Times bestseller. Command and Control (2013) revealed the details of America’s effort, for the past seventy years, to prevent nuclear weapons from being stolen, sabotaged, or detonated by accident. Command and Control was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize (History), a New York Times Notable Book and bestseller, a Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book, and won the Gold Medal Award (Nonfiction) from the 2013 California Book Awards. An expanded version of Schlosser’s New Yorker article, “Break-In at Y-12” was recently published as Gods of Metal (2015) in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. Gods of Metal explores the risk of nuclear terrorism by telling the story of three Catholic pacifists who broke into one of the most heavily guarded nuclear weapon facilities in the world.  His next book is about the American prison system.


Two of Schlosser’s plays, Americans (2003) and We the People (2007), have been produced in London. He served as an executive producer of the films FAST FOOD NATION (2006), THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2008), FOOD CHAINS (2014), and HANNA RANCH (2014), and as a co-producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary, FOOD, INC.