Writer/director/producer Morgan Spurlock, who became known to the world at large with his 2004 doc Super Size Me (in which we learn that eating greasy fast food and giant sodas every day just might make you fat) is busy these days expanding the waistline of his distribution label, Morgan Spurlock Presents. Variety reports that Spurlock is working with Hart Sharp Video, and has acquired three new films, two of which have planned theatrical releases.

Indie Spirit nominee Chalk is one of the acquisitions; the mockumentary about a group of high school teachers won the narrative feature award at the Austin Film Festival earlier this year. Jette Kernion reviewed the film during the AFF; she liked the film, but wondered if she found all the in-jokes about teaching and copying machine politics funnier because she saw it at a screening packed with teachers. Spurlock has also picked up tsunami doc Third Wave, about a group of idealistic volunteers who travel to South Asia after the tsunami to help rebuild a village. The third film, Class Act, a documentary about the importance of arts funding in public schools, focuses on Miami Beach drama teacher Jay W. Jensen, was exec produced by Spurlock, whose prodco provided finishing funds for the film. It is scheduled for home video distribution.

Spurlock's label previously acquired The Future of Food, about genetically engineered food, and Czech Dream, a doc about mass marketing. It was supposedly controversial in Czechoslovakia, but the official website is in Czech, natch, so I can't figure out exactly why, other than some folks felt misled or betrayed (hey, join the line forming behind Borat if you want to complain about that, folks). Spurlock plans to release six to eight socially relevant films per year on his label.

Personally, I think it's cool that Spurlock is supporting films that he feels are socially important, documentary or otherwise. Do you have an interest in any of Spurlock's new acquisitions?