A new comedy from executive producer Daniel Webb ’13 explores the pratfalls of social media and “going viral.”
Eat Wheaties! follows Sid Straw, played by Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep), who is asked to plan his college reunion, only to see his life unravel as he tries to prove that he was friends with movie star Elizabeth Banks when they were students.
The film, released on Friday, April 30, is the first feature that Daniel Webb ’13 has worked on as an executive producer. He also served as the film’s graphics producer.
Eat Wheaties! premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival in September 2020 and had its American premiere the following month at the Heartland Film Festival, where it was the Opening Night film and won the Humor and Humanity Award. It was subsequently screened at the 2020 San Diego International Film Festival, winning the Best Comedy Award.
A media and society major at HWS, Webb also studied philosophy and law and society, and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He broke into Hollywood as an intern and later as an assistant to Mark Neveldine ’95, the writer, director and producer of such films such as Crank, Gamer and The Vatican Tapes. Webb also served simultaneously as an assistant to Neveldine’s producing partner, Skip Williamson, an executive producer of the Underworld series.
Since then, Webb has written, produced and directed a number of short films, music videos and commercials before joining the crew of Eat Wheaties! as an executive producer and graphics producer. He directed, produced and edited a feature documentary, Everyman: The Road to Chattanooga, which will be released later this year.
This semester, Webb will meet with students in Associate Professor of Media and Society Leah Shafer’s “American Cinema” course for a virtual discussion. Webb and Shafer are also planning for an in-person visit and screening of Eat Wheaties! for the fall 2021 semester.
The photo above features (L to R) director Scott Abramovitch, producer David J. Phillips, executive producer Daniel Norris Webb and star Tony Hale.