Yeah, so, I had something to do with this, in case you caught it in the Denver Post today. The Director & I chose the films, the Denver Film Society’s screening ’em each Tuesday in September, & there are some tasting components & in-person appearances to boot. The schedule follows; click here for tickets.
September 6 – EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS – 7:00pm
As uncompromisingly detailed as its subject, Gereon Wetzel’s stunning documentary captures the creative process of Ferran Adrià—oft-named the best chef in the world—as the avant-garde master & his team retire to their Barcelona kitchen-laboratory to create the menu for El Bulli’s final season in business.
Preceded by GIVING THANKS IN AWENDAW
Every year on the day before Thanksgiving, members of the Colleton-Green family of Awendaw, South Carolina, head into the woods to hunt squirrels for the holiday table.
Local expert Adrian Miller will appear in person to introduce the vast & glorious topic of Southern food, which is also the subject of all the shorts preceding the features, directed by young-gun documentarian Joe York.
September 13 – I LIKE KILLING FLIES – 7:00pm
Facing the prospect of closure after decades in New York’s Greenwich Village, Eve & Kenny Shopsin reflect on the past, present, & future of their iconic namesake eatery. While kvetching, swatting pests, & cooking up a storm, the notoriously eccentric Kenny waxes philosophic about everything under the heatlamps in Matt Mahurin’s funny, poignant documentary.
Preceded by GUS
A short profile of Constantine “Gus” Koutroulakis, owner of Pete’s Famous Hot Dogs in Birmingham, Alabama, who passed away on April 5, 2011, at the age of 81.
Steuben’s kick-ass Brandon Biederman will provide some sweet eats.
September 20 – BLOOD INTO WINE – 7:00pm
Hard rock fans know Maynard James Keenan as the frontman of Tool, A Perfect Circle, & Puscifer. But in this intriguing documentary, Christopher Pomerenke & Ryan Page profile Keenan the winemaker as he works to transform an arid stretch of Arizona desert into a lush vineyard.
Preceded by GOAT
Victor “Goat” Lafayette has worked as an oysterman on Bowens Island, South Carolina, for more than 50 years—& he has the words of wisdom to show for it.
A wine tasting will accompany this screening; details TBA.
September 27 – JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI – 7:00pm
Filmmaker David Gelb follows 85-year-old master itamae Jiro Ono of Tokyo’s three-star Sukiyabashi Jiro as he bids on tuna at the fishmarket auction, massages octopus, & otherwise exemplifies the intricacies of the art of sushi.
Preceded by CUT/CHOP/COOK
Rodney Scott of Scott’s Bar-B-Q in Hemingway, South Carolina, does three things & three things only: He cuts. He chops. And he cooks.
Jiro director David Gelb will appear in person.