“Food Fight”: Stefan Nadelman’s “smorgasbord of aggression.”

By on May 26, 2015

Stefan Nadelman’s Food Fight is, in his website’s own words, an “abridged history of American-centric war, from World War II to present day, told through the foods of the countries in conflict.”

Nadelman invites us to “Watch as traditional comestibles slug it out for world domination in this chronologically re-enacted smorgasbord of aggression.” The story — told with bagels, sausage and croissants and lots of other foodstuffs — show the various armed conflicts experienced by the United States against its enemies since World War II. FOOD FIGHT 2 Here’s a breakdown of the foodstuffs. And, for those of you following along with your scorecards at home, here’s how they’re used in battle. FOOD FIGHT 3 According to his website, Nadelman — the son of a wedding videographer/photographer — obtained his B.A. in Fine Arts from Iowa State University in 1994, and he’s been working since then in New York City, NY, as a print graphic designer, web designer and he has more recently transitioned to working in web animation for both interactive design and film.

As you can see from his very first effort, Latin Alive, Nadelman has quite a knack for making fun, inventive short films. This one was included on the Best of Resfest DVD volume 1.

By 2003, he’d left the world of web-based animation for that of film and television, and he continued making short films. His movie Terminal Bar won the Jury Prize for short film at the Sundance Film Festival.

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He has directed and animated shorts with Robert Smigel for “Saturday Night Live”‘s “TV Funhouse,” in addition to music videos for Menomena’s “Evil Bee” and Ramona Falls’ “I Say Fever.”

Stefan continues to direct and animate for food, film, and fun. You can watch all of his films by going to his Youtube page.

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Stefan Nadelman

About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.