The NYC Food Film Festival‘s official selections have been announced, and the festival will take place October 23-27 :
Minute Meal: Blessed by Brisket
Dir. James Boo, 1:06 min David’s Brisket House is a Jewish Deli run by
Yemenite Muslims, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bed-Stuy. A
snapshot of pastrami, brisket, and corned beef sandwiches that
aren’t strictly halal or kosher, but are 100% New York.
Beer Braised Ox Cheek
Dir. Matt Checkowski, 1:00 min, World Premiere One of Chef Martin Berg’s
culinary dreams, just backwards.
Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada
Dir. Gabriel Taraboulsy, 4:17 min, World
Premiere Joseph Cordova reminisces about his very first fish taco
experience, and shares the impetus for opening his now-famous Los
Angeles stand, Best Fish Taco in Ensenada.
The Chile Film (La Sangre Rojo y Verde de Nuevo Mexico)
Dir.Kelly Brinn Urig, 26:46 min, NYC Premiere In New Mexico’s vibrant
culture, no food stands above the chile, which is revered for its
unique taste and quality. For generations, the chile farmers of New
Mexico have dedicated their lives to this indigenous pepper
Confessions of a Culinista
Dir. Alex Scharfman, 1:35 min, World Premiere Jill Donenfeld, founder of The
Culinistas, explores her love of food and the thoughtful
preparation of a simple meal in this food porn short.
Dir Erik Olsen, 4:14
min, World Premiere The story of two restaurants – Talde and Red
Farm – that make some of the best dumplings on New York City.
Featuring Chef Dale Talde and Restaurateur Ed Schoenfeld.
Eat | Love
Dir. Kelly Le Castre, 6:57
min, NYC Premiere Nature has already perfected the cherry tomato,
the fresh sourdough, the glop of honey. But instead of examining
food as an object, eating designer Marije Vogelzang examines the
experience of how we prepare and share it.
Edward Wohl: At Home in the Shop
Dir. David Eisenberg, 10min
World Premiere A profile of Edward Wohl, a woodworker in rural
Wisconsin who makes a line of unique cutting boards from bird’s eye
maple, which are found in stores and art galleries around the
Fac et Spera (Hope and Do)
Dirs. Florent & Remy Gaillard, 22:29 min,
World Premiere Filmmakers Florent & Remy Gaillard give you
access to the estate vineyards, the winery and to the universe of
Maison M Chapoutier, France’s most admired winery. The film
also profiles Michel Chapoutier, the head of this wine family, who
has a unique philosophy on life and the business of wine.
Dir. Kelly Le Castre, 4:46
min, NYC Premiere Martina Fugazzotto refused to allow the
constraints of living in urbanized areas stop her from reaping the
rewards of farming.
The Fermentation of Respect
Dir. Aromi Creativi, 3:31 min, US Premiere
Chef Cristina Bowerman is one of the few women with a Michelin
star in Italy. The concept of respect is fundamental to her
cuisine, especially the respect for her own identity.
Dirs. Kay van Vree & Hugo de Kok, 1:14 min,
NYC Premiere An experimental film where curious filmmakers explore
the forms and shapes foods make when you flatten them.
Dir. Charles Grantham, 2:27
min, World Premiere Food Porn Star Larry Cauldwell returns in a
film full of succulent food, sexiness, and Larry! His virility
permeates the silver screen and seduces viewers with both his aura
and the intrinsic romance…of fondue.
Dir. Michael Halsband, 17:00 min,
NYC Premiere In
conjunction with the Peconic Land Trust, filmmakers tell the story
of incubating new farmers on Long Island and helping them with the
tools necessary to farm the land in a sustainable way.
Himself He Cooks
Dir. Berteau Valerie/Witjes Philippe, 65 min In the Golden Temple in Amritsar hundreds
of volunteers prepare 100,000 free meals every day. The spontaneous
choreography of many hands reveals the essence and atmosphere of
this fascinating place.
How To Make Burmese Faluda
Dir. Sofia Carvajal, 1:52 min, World Premiere In
Burma, faluda is sold on the streets and cafes to cool down the
locals on a hot summer’s day. Learn how to make one for
I Am What I Eat
Dir. Erik Shirai, 12:04 min, US Premiere Follow the NYC supper club
Studiofeast as they create a dining experience based on the
question, ‘If you were to die tomorrow, what would be your last
JoJo’s Sriracha: Bringing More Hot Pepper
Flavor To The Party
Dir. Liza de Guia, 8:30 min, US
Premiere Meet Jolene Collins, the founder and artisan behind Jojo’s
Sriracha in Brooklyn, NY. Jolene is obsessed with sriracha.
The Kings of BBQ: Barbecue Kuwait Dir.
John Markus, 37:30 min, NYC Premiere Sitcom writer/producer, John
Markus (Cosby Show, Larry Sanders Show), teams up with the most
legendary BBQ Pitmasters in America, travel to the Middle East, and
cook an unforgettable homestyle dinner of smoked brisket and
chicken for thousands of US troops stationed in Kuwait.
Lets Get Silly
Dir. Stephanie Norris,1:00 min,
World Premiere Don’t mess with popcorn unless you want a beatin’.
Letting Salt Just Be Salt: Amagansett Sea Salt Co.
Dir. Liza de Guia, 7:05 min, US Premiere
Steven and Natalie Judelson are sea-salt fanatics and the husband
& wife team behind Amagansett Sea Salt Co. on Long Island,
NY. They are New York State’s only sea salt makers and one of only
four artisan salt makers on the entire Eastern Seaboard.
Dir. Jennifer Kendzior,
3:50 min, World Premiere A collage of rhythms from the smooth hills
to the mesmerizing mechanics of a tea factory.
Mixed Berries, Three Ways Dir. Matt
Checkowski, 1:00 min, World Premiere Another one of Chef Martin
Berg’s culinary dreams, just backwards.
The Northeast Kingdom
Dir. Clyde Burley, 6:31 min, NYC Premiere
Brothers Mateo and Andy Kehler derive meaning from their daily
existence working hard in a place they both love: Greensboro,
Vermont, home of Jasper Hill Farm, which produces some damn good
Ole-Martin Hansen – The Salmon Smoker
Dir. Nikolaj Belzer, 3:51 min, World Premiere
Ole-Martin Hansen guides us around his London salmon smokehouse and
the ascetic Norwegian-style cabin he has built above it.
One Macaron At A Time
Dir. James Reford, 4:58 min, NYC Premiere Pastry Chef Patrick Lézé has always
loved America. A few years ago he took a chance sold is business in
France and moved to Palm Beach. Upon arrival he was surprised that
macarons were fairly unknown. He is working to change that, One
Macaron At A Time.
Dir. Scott Pitts, 1:05 min, World Premiere A beautifully blurred cocktail
creation – fresh squeezed grapefruit, sliced lime, suspended salt
and an epic tequila splash. Intoxicating memories of the
Dir. Alison Grasso, 3:43 min, World Premiere Brooke
Siem and Leslie Feinberg make kid’s treats for grownups by infusing
their tiny cupcakes with a real punch of booze at Prohibition
Bakery in NYC’s Lower East Side.
Shakycow Orange Juice Commercial
Dir. Sean O’Hara, 40 seconds
Featuring actual oranges (and assorted fruit), this quirky stop
motion animation shows a world where pregnant oranges are juiced in
a hospital setting and juice blends are made from fruit getting
funky with one another.
Dir. Aromi Creativi, 4:30 min, US Premiere Authentic
mandorlato comes from Cologna Veneta, a small town close to Verona,
Italy. The film shows how a local product is kept alive using
technology, but never forgetting tradition.
We Are All Just Trying to Tell A Story
Dir. Pete Erickson,1:52 min
World Premiere This film is about one of the worlds
greatest jazz musicians. It just happens that his instrument
is food. Features the philosophical stylings of Grant Achatz.