Holland Hall graduate Trace Sheehan returns to Tulsa to talk GMOs, new film | National – Connecticut News

Holland Hall graduate Trace Sheehan returns to Tulsa to talk GMOs, new film | National – Connecticut News

Trace Sheehan has long had an interest in science and hot-button issues, well before his buzzed-about new documentary about food and genetically modified organisms that he has produced.

Consider his project he was showing off to the Tulsa World and many more in 1990, as a fourth-grade Sheehan was competing at the University of Tulsa in the Creative Producers Convention and spoke of the “oil slick” he had made at home.

Made, Sheehan said, “from corn oil and ‘soy sauce or something’ — which is supposed to be spewing from the damaged hull of a little orange and white plastic boat, ominously named Valdez,” the newspaper reported.

“The tank tableau, a typed report and a poster that has already won a national award” were Sheehan’s entries as a student at the University School at TU, the World reported.

“Wow, that was a great school, and I’d forgotten about all of that. I guess I was a prodigy — who knew?” Sheehan said with a laugh during a phone interview from New York this week.

The Holland Hall graduate (class of 1998) is provoking discussion about a different kind of science these days.

He’s promoting his film “Food Evolution,” which some are describing as a “pro-GMO documentary,” and coming home to talk about it with a Circle Cinema audience Wednesday.

“We did not set out to make a pro-GMO movie, but we did set out to follow the science,” said Sheehan, who found that despite basing the film in scientific evidence, opposition remains fervent.

The idea, he said, of seed-breeding techniques “that have no…

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