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The Food Film Festival 2019 Details

Hello, NYC! 

The Food Film Festival™ returns to New York City for its 13th straight year! The four-day Festival will feature a series of events where food and film lovers get to Taste What They See on the Screen...right in their seats! At each event, guests are served the food from the films as they watch on the screen in the Festival theatre. That’s always followed by an official Festival After-Party with more food, drinks and fun, served up by chefs and restaurants from New York City and beyond.

This year, the Festival kicks off exploring flavor intensity on Thursday, October 24 with Edible Adventure #017: Deep Flavor Dive. Friday’s festivities on 10/25 feature the many flavors of New York City with Hometown Heroes: NYC.  Saturday, 10/26, celebrates the patchwork of American yum with American Eats: Meats and Treats. From ice cream sundaes and burgers to hallacas and catfish, taste the classics from many regions of the US. Finally, the Festival closes on Sunday, 10/27, with Sunday Schmear a celebration of family food tradition, including a special screening of Director Julie Cohen’s The Sturgeon Queens and an After-Party featuring the many flavors of Russ & Daughters.

The Events

Edible Adventure #017: Deep Flavor Dive
Thursday, October 24
VIP Pre-Party 6:15 pm | GA Doors 7:00 pm
GA $75 | VIP $100

Experience an eclectic mix of intense films, foods, and flavors from around the world.

Films: Arctic Greens, Black Sesame, Chef, Distance, Ensaïmada, and What’s Eating Dan?: Garlic Bread.

Hometown Heroes: NYC
Friday, October 25
VIP 6:15 pm | GA 7:00 pm
GA $100 | VIP $125

Celebrating some of the unique and beloved chefs and restaurants that help give New York City its one-of-a-kind flavor.

Films: Brooklyn Bugs, Llama Inn, Ramen Possessed, and a surprise or two.

American Eats: Meats and Treats
Saturday, October 26
VIP 6:15 pm | GA 7:00 pm
GA $100 | VIP $125

It’s Saturday night and it’s time to party…with classic foods and intriguing people from around the USA.

Films: Bayou Brilliant, Donut People, Joe Loves Ice Cream: A Tale of Two Rivers,Put an Egg on it: Struggle Meals with Frankie Celenza, The Burger Show: The Ultimate Texas Burger Road Trip, and The Lee Chin Show: Tamale Taste Test

Sunday Schmear
Sunday, October 27 
2:00 pm

Food and family are everything in life. Join our family for the closing event of the 2019 Food Film Fest featuring two films that are light on the schmaltz but will make your heart go verklempt.

Films: Gefilte, and The Sturgeon Queens


The Films

Arctic Greens
Dirs. Olivia Rempel and Craig Hickerson, 5:00
Locally grown lettuce takes root among the snow and ice in Greenland’s capital city, thanks to one innovative couple and their home-built hydroponic greenhouse.

Bayou Brilliant
World Premiere
Dirs. Nathan Lippy and CJ Frazier, 9:30
Bruce "The Alligator Man" Mitchell takes you on a tour of authentic "Bayou Life". From Jug Lining Catfish to hand-made Bayou Butter, Bruce shares his view of true Louisiana Swamp Lifestyle. "A lot of people don't understand this way of life...It's a way of survivin' you know." - Bruce Mitchell

Black Sesame
Dir. Jennifer Davick, 1:51
Chef Maya Erickson’s Black Sesame Dessert
Stylized, Sexy, Provocative and Decadent. Everything you would expect from a grandmother’s recipe.

Brooklyn Bugs: Evolving Our Taste for Edible Insects
Dir. Liza Mosquito deGuia, 11:46
Meet Joseph Yoon, the chef and executive director behind Brooklyn Bugs - as edible insect advocates, they are helping to carve a path for delicious ento-cuisine into North American diets. One bug at a time.

Dir. Paulina Lagudi, 4:30
Chef Christophe Bonnegrace takes us on a quick journey into the sacrifices it takes to be a chef.

Distance - Short Stories About Food
Dir. Luigi Capasso, 13:42
Affection, affair, contribution. Recounted through the gracious act of cooking. The visual work explores the poetry, the density and strength of tradition.

Donut People
Dir. Keeley Steenson, 11:46
In Texas, Cambodians own an estimated 95% of the donut shops. Interviews with immigrants and their children offer insights into the lives and expertise of Texas Cambodian donut shop owners, and a glimpse of the future, with new gourmet donuts and hip baristas.

World Premiere
Dir. Nando Esteva, 2;12
Tomeu Arbona’s bakery discovers a fascinating world of recipes recovered from old cookbooks - sweets that had practically disappeared, and traditional creations made using bygone techniques. Arbona is a faithful defender of Mallorca’s gastronomic culture and the island.

Dir. Rachel Fleit, 11:05
Gefilte...It's not about the fish.

Joe Loves Ice Cream - A Tale of Two Rivers
Dir. Cassie Ahiers, 5:33
Joe Friedman combines comedy and ice cream as he hits the road in his beautiful 2003 Toyota Camry on a FroZen celebration of his one true love.

Llama Inn: Exposing New Yorkers to Hard-to-Find Modern Peruvian Nikkei Cuisine
US Premiere
Dir. Liza Mosquito deGuia, 7:45
Experience the unique tasting menu of Llama San, Chef Erik Ramirez' electrifying journey into Japanese Peruvian Nikkei fusion cuisine, a food that’s celebrated internationally, but truly hard to find in New York.

Put an Egg on it: Struggle Meals with Frankie Celenza
Dir. Frankie Celenza, 3:37
What do leftover rice and ramen noodles have in common? They're both cheap AF and can be upgraded into a real meal with the help of one simple addition — an egg.

Ramen Possessed
Dir. Bryan Moebius, 5:40
A short documentary about the closing of a beloved ramen shop - Ramen Shack, and its Chef and ramen extraordinaire, Keizo Shimamoto

The Lee Chin Show - Tamale Taste Test
Dir. Pavel Ezrohi, 3:49
The Lee Chin Show is here to get to the bottom of all of your food arguments, Maury-style.

The Sturgeon Queens
Dir: Julie Cohen, 51:36
Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives. This documentary features an extensive interview with two of the original daughters for whom the store was named, now 100 and 92 years old, and interviews with prominent enthusiasts of the store including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, and 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer.

The Ultimate Texas Burger Road Trip
World Premiere
Dir. Justin Bolois
Burger Scholar George Motz takes Burger Show host Alvin Cailan on a tour of Texas' finest burger establishments.

What’s Eating Dan? Garlic Bread.
Dir. Dan Souza, 4:32
Chances are you use garlic in your cooking almost everyday. But did you know you can alter the amount of garlic flavor in a dish depending how you slice it? Dan explains the science of garlic flavor and how to make the best possible garlic bread.

*This list may be subject to change*

The Fine Print

Venue details can be found HERE.

Note: Details are subject to change without notice.
Film screenings begin 15 minutes after General Admission doors open.

All Festival events are 21+.

Peanuts, nuts and other food allergens may be present in the food served at The Festival.  Although we make every effort to keep these items separated, we cannot guarantee that the food served will be free of the 8 major allergens identified by the FDA.

By entering and by your presence here you consent to be photographed, filmed, and recorded and acknowledge that such films and recordings of you may be used in any and all media and for any purpose throughout the universe in perpetuity without compensation or credit to you. You understand that all photography, filming, and recording will be done in reliance of this consent given by you.