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After a social media-fueled meltdown, chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) hits the road with his son and his sous chef (John Leguizamo) to launch a food truck business. Complete with lavish food imagery and a star-studded cast, including Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, and Amy Sedaris, Favreau’s fresh take on food and chef culture has poignant messages about our media-driven world and the real meaning of success. | Read MoreComedy, Relationships, NY Director(s), Food
Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters, a New York City icon, has left a lasting imprint on the collective memory and palate of Coney Island. Featuring endearing characters, rare archival material, a nuanced editing style, a strong score, and a director who is the grandson of "Famous" Nathan himself, this documentary gem takes a look back at the immigrant experience and almost 100 years of family and New York history.
Photo credit: Daniel Farrell | Read MoreDocumentary, New York, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Food
Executive produced by Eva Longoria, this hard-hitting documentary gives pause for thought with every plate of food we eat by exposing the rampant abuse embedded in America’s agriculture and food production industries. The fi lm sheds light on the wage theft and outright slavery that constitutes everyday life for thousands of America’s (mostly Latino) farm workers, and gives voice and attempts to bring justice to those fi ghting to change these practices. | Read MoreDocumentary, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker
There are 50 thousand Chinese restaurants
in the U.S., yet one dish in particular has conquered
the American culinary landscape with a
force befitting its military moniker: General Tso’s
Chicken. Who was General Tso and how did
this dish become so ubiquitous? Ian Cheney’s
delightfully insightful documentary charts the
history of Chinese Americans through the surprising
origins of this sticky, sweet, just-spicyenough
dish that we have adopted as our own. | Read MoreDocumentary, New York, Food