NYC 2017 Official Selections Announced!

We're so excited to present this year's program of incredible food films. Check in HERE for full event details! Tickets will go on sale soon!

 

The Food Film Festival / NYC / 2017 Official Selections

Cooking with Dr. Taquito: 3 Ingredient Pancakes
Dirs. Liz & Jimmy Reed, 2 mins
Learn some killer cooking tips with evil genius, Dr. Taquito.

Finding Pisco
Dir. Aaron Straight, 4 mins, US Premiere
Tucked into the river valleys of rural Peru there are legendary men & woman who distill a powerful and misunderstood clear liquor made only from grapes. This is the journey of two best friends to find them.

Hometown Hero: The Legend of New York’s Chopped Cheese
Dirs. Justin Bolois & David Matthews, 19 mins, Theatrical Premiere
If you want to understand New York on a deeper level, then you have to understand the story of the chopped cheese — a hyper-regional sandwich and the secret handshake of NYC's bodega cognoscenti.
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James Beard: America's First Foodie
Dir. Elizabeth Federici, 54 mins
America's First Foodie chronicles the American food movement through the lens of its founding father James Beard.
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Sacred Gin
Dir. William Shaw, 2 mins, US Premiere
This film shows the dream of one man to produce a high quality gin from his own sitting room.

Seared
Dir. Ben Gustafson, 8 mins
Beaten by a life of injustice and crime, a young man's plan to end it all turns into a life of renewed hope and a passionate career as a chef.

Slingers
Dir. Adam Edwards, 15 mins, NYC Premiere
Slingers is a short documentary that explores the life of a small town beekeeper and his struggles to harvest an annual crop of nature's gold; honey.
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Snooker Loopy
Dir. Peter Flanek & Peter Mészáros, 2 mins
Stop motion animation for a Budapest based gastro market.

Sweet Funk
Dir. Charles Grantham, 2 mins, World Premiere
Sweet Funk is Food Porn Star Larry Cauldwell's exploration of charcuterie. With his characteristic sexiness and expertise Larry takes viewers on a journey into sweet funky meat that they'll never forget.

Tampopo
Dir. Juzo Itami, 114 mins
The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampopo serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering, Tampopo remains one of the most delectable examples of food on film.
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Taste of Love
Dir. Paul Scheufler , 5 mins, US Premiere
A girl embarks on an aromatic journey of love, while stimulating her taste buds to the point of climax, she explores and discovers the various forms love can take on. 
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The Science of Dry Aging
Dir. George Motz, 8 mins, World Premiere
Go deep with Certified Angus Beef brand’s meat scientist, DeBragga’s Marc Sarrazin and others exploring the magic of dry-aged beef.

This is Not Carrot Cake
Dir. Nate Mook, 2 mins
The traditional dish re-imagined by Chef José Andrés and the team at two-Michelin star restaurant Minibar.

Wagashi
Dir. Hiro Ishikawa, 8 mins
Discover a Japanese cultural tradition with Junichio Tanizaki’s philosophy and aesthetic.
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*This list may be subject to change*

Looking Back - 10 Years

10 years and 90 events later I think we may have finally gotten the hang of this thing. And we can tell by the way food filmmaking has propagated the planet that clearly, back in 2007, we were on to something. We've learned much along the way, met and worked with hundreds of passionate filmmakers, chefs, restaurant and food professionals…not to mention incredible volunteers, staffers, sponsors, charity partners and our families. This incredible group of humans has made the Food Film Fest more than just another film festival.

When we started the Food Film Fest back in 2007, it was a nothing but a crazy idea, ill-executed, and not very well received. There was no road map. Hell, there wasn't even a damn road and most of the time in the early days we honestly had no idea where we were going. We made up our own rules, blazed our own path and today we are proud to say that whatever it is, it’s ours and it works. We’ve discovered a new way to study and present foodways from around the globe without being heavy-handed.

Our festival is not a corporate endeavor - it’s a soulful cultural event with the celebration of food and people who make food at it’s core. We also like to party. Sometimes people in the food and film industries need to cut loose and we refuse to take ourselves too seriously. The Food Film Fest is our playground.

What has come out of that playground and party is not just a splitting hangover but deep, meaningful relationships that have in some cases endured a decade. We have proudly built not a company but a family. A family that knows how to fight, struggle and succeed. 

May the next 10 years be as meaningful and challenging as the last 10. And remember that we all need to eat, and most of us want to eat well. Get it on film.

George Motz
Director + Founder - The Food Film Festival
georgemotz.com