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The men who labor tirelessly at the 144-year-old Tedorigawa Brewery in northern Japan get a portrait worthy of their devotion in “The Birth of Sake,” a richly immersive documentary that plays like an elegy for a time-honored but slowly vanishing way of life. Steeped in the rhythms of sake production at one of the few Nipponese breweries that still rely on human hands rather than machines, Erik Shirai’s directing debut favors process and routine over personal drama — a fitting enough strategy for a trade whose workers must effectively sacrifice all sense of self in order to create their world-class spirits. More sedate and less crowd-pleasing than “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” to name another classy tribute to an artisanal Japanese tradition, “Sake” should nevertheless go down smoothly with festivals and buyers following its Tribeca premiere.
Every October, a handful of men bid farewell to their family and friends and travel »
- Justin Chang
We're less than two weeks away from the start of the Stanley Film Festival and it's been officially announced that Tom Quinn will be the recipient of their Visionary Award. We also have details on the festival's panels and jurors:
April 20, 2014 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today it will honor Tom Quinn, co-president of RADiUS-twc as its 2015 Visionary Award Winner. Quinn is behind this year’s breakout horror title It Follows as well as other genre heavy hitters such as Snowpiercer, Blue Ruin and Only God Forgives. The Visionary award is given to a figure in contemporary horror who is making forward-thinking contributions that elevate the genre and provides a platform for new, innovative artists to create work. Previous recipients include Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood, co-founders of SpectreVision (2014) and Eli Roth (2013). Quinn, »
- Jonathan James
Read More: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmakers Before he brings us Netflix's first original documentary series, David Gelb tells the story of the Chief Program Engineer Dave Pericak, who is in charge of redesigning the Ford Mustang approaching its 50th anniversary. What is it like for the jobs and expectations of thousands to rest solely on the shoulders of one man? What's your film about in 140 characters or less? As the fiftieth anniversary of the Mustang approaches, Ford is launching a redesign, placing the jobs and expectations of thousands squarely on the shoulders of Chief Program Engineer Dave Pericak. Directed by David Gelb ("Jiro Dreams of Sushi"), "A Faster Horse" moves beyond a car lover’s documentary to a resonant examination of American ingenuity, workmanship, and resilience. Now what's it Really about? This is really a film about making decisions under pressure, leading a massive team, and how a product can become legendary. »
- Travis Clark
The Tribeca Film Festival began on Wednesday night with the premiere of Live From New York!, Bao Nguyen’s documentary about the history of Saturday Night Live. Although your humble film critic was unable to see that film, the festival will offer more than a hundred movies of various flavors from April 15-26, and in this critic’s opinion, the lineup in 2015 is stronger than any in the last five years. Starting today, this is your place to find a brief run-down of the films that played the festival the day before, either in public screenings or in pre-festival press screenings.
Although it may not sound as entertaining as an oral history of America’s leading sketch-comedy program, Democrats comes surprisingly close. Documentarian Camilla Nielsson was given unprecedented access to two of the framers of a democratic constitution in the country of Zimbabwe: one man representing the government of dictatorial president Robert Mugabe, »
- Mark Young
Read More: 12 Must-See Films at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival In the public's eye, the Tribeca Film Festival is synonymous with Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and celebrity-strewn red carpets. But for the indie film industry, there's something far sexier to see in New York City starting this week: New documentaries. Over the last 14 years, Tribeca has soared to become one of the top nonfiction film markets in the United States. Ever since claiming the premieres of eventual Oscar nominees, such as Marshall Curry's "Street Fight" (2005) and Alex Gibney's "Taxi to the Dark Side" (2007), and box-office winners, such as Lee Hirsch's "Bully" (2011) and David Gelb's "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" (2012), the festival has become a significant destination for documentary filmmakers. Now, the blossoming nonfiction industry has sprouted up to support them. Embracing their position as a premiere documentary platform, the festival has given its opening night »
- Anthony Kaufman
Exclusive: The media always talks about the recent Golden Age of Television. Well, how about the Golden Age of Food In Film and TV? If you’re a food connoisseur, it’s a great time for food on the screen, and we’re not just talking about what’s on the Food Network and The Cooking Channel. SXSW saw the world premiere of the feature adaptation of chef Anthony Bourdain’s restaurant noir novel Bone In The Throat. On April 26, Netflix debuts Jiro Dreams Of Sushi filmmaker David… »
If you saw David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams Of Sushi then you’ll understand the sheer dedication and stunning talent of one of the finest food creators in the world. Gelb now has a new Netflix series Chef’s Table that airs exclusively from April 26th and we’ve got the first trailer that’ll get those tastebuds tingling again.
The Netflix original docu-series Chef’s Table features six of the world’s renowned international chefs, and offers viewers the opportunity to go inside the lives and kitchens of these culinary talents. The chefs involved include Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy), Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City, USA), Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina), Niki Nakayama (N/Naka Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, USA), Ben Shewry (Attica Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia) and Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken in Järpen »
- Dan Bullock
Tribeca Film Festival 2015 starts on April 15th and runs until the 26th. And here are the film festival jurors: World Narrative Jurors are: screenwriter and producer Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco); director Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls); writer-director Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down); Actress Whoopie Goldberg; and Actor Dylan McDermott. World Documentary Jurors are: Franco-American filmmakerDiego Bunuel and head of Documentaries on Canal Plus;Tine Fischer, founder and CEO of documentary film festival Cph:dox; director David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi); film critic Joshua Rothkopf; and feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Best New Narrative Director Jurors are: two-time Oscar winning writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker); Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt (It’s [ Read More ]
The post Tribeca Film Festival 2015 Annouces Its Jury appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Rudie Obias
On the eve of the premiere of the first Netflix/Marvel tv series, another one has found its showrunner. Cheo Hodari Coker has been formally tapped as the showrunner of Marvel’s Luke Cage, the third in the series of four tv shows by Marvel that will air on Netflix.
Coker joins the show having worked on a number of series, from Southland to Almost Human to Ray Donovan. He also co-wrote the 2009 Biggie biopic Notorious. The Good Wife‘s Mike Colter has been tapped to play the titular character, who will also be appearing in Marvel’s Aka Jessica Jones. A premiere date for the series has yet to be set, although it has been confirmed for 2016.
The Daytime Emmy nominations were announced this week. The ABC soap opera General Hospital led the charge with 28 nominations, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Netflix has released the first trailer for the new documentary series “Chef’s Table.” From director David Gelb, the filmmaker behind the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” “Chef’s Table” features six of the world’s most renowned international chefs, and offers viewers the opportunity to go inside the lives and kitchens of these culinary talents. The chefs featured include Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy), Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City, USA), Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina), Niki Nakayama (N/Naka Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, »
- Joe Otterson
Netflix has set a release date for its upcoming docu-series project. Chef’s Table, from filmmaker David Gelb, will debut on the streaming platform on April 26, 2015.
Announced back in September 2014, Chef’s Table is a six-part series which takes a look at the lives and culinary techniques of six of the world’s greatest chefs. Each one hails from a different location: Massimo Bottura is from Italy, Niki Nakayama from Los Angeles, Francis Mallmann from Argentina, Magnus Nilsson from Sweden, Dan Barber from New York, and Ben Shewry from Australia.
Gelb, who previously directed the sushi chef profile documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, is an executive producer for Chef’s Table alongside Andrew Fried, Brian McGinn, and Matt Weaver. Dane Lillegard will co-executive produce for the series’ production company Boardwalk Pictures.
Chef’s Table joins a growing list of documentary-style projects Netflix is adding to its library over the next few years. »
- Bree Brouwer
David Gelb sure loves good food. The filmmaker behind the 2011 doc Jiro Dreams of Sushi has the new series Chef’s Table debuting on Netflix on Sunday, April 26 at 12:01Am Pst. As the trailer above shows, Chef’s Table explores the lives of six renowned chefs at various corners of the globe –Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy), Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City), Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos… »
Read More: Netflix Commits to First Original Docu-Series, David Gelb's 'Chef's Table' Netflix is hungry for more original content, so they're eating up "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" director David Gelb's new documentary series "Chef's Table." Netflix just released the debut trailer for the exclusive series. "Chef's Table" focuses on a different world-renowned chef in each episode, traveling through their kitchens and lives, and exploring their passion for the culinary arts. The chefs featured are Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy), Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City, USA), Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina), Niki Nakayama (N/Naka Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, USA), Ben Shewry (Attica Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia) and Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken in Järpen Sweden). "Chef's Table" premieres April 26 on Netflix. Read »
- Travis Clark
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival has added outdoor screenings of “Clue” and “Lady and the Tramp” to this year’s lineup, as part of a slate of community activities that also includes the fest’s annual street fair and sports day.
The 30th anniversary screening of cult comedy “Clue” (April 16) and the 60th anniversary screening of Disney animated film “Lady and the Tramp” (April 17) are part of the festival’s free-of-charge Tribeca Drive-In series, which also will include the premiere of “A Faster Horse” (April 18), a documentary about the Ford Mustang from “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” director David Gelb.
The family screening of “Back to the Future” (April 25) is set for the same day as the annual street fair, and takes place in the same downtown Manhattan neighborhood. The fair includes a range of activities including a backlot experience, a game arcade and performances from the casts of Broadway shows and the Rockettes. »
- Gordon Cox
The 14th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival taking place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City has announced the films selected for screening in the Spotlight screening section.
Co-sponsored by Brookfield Place and The Lincoln Motor Company, Spotlight is destination for today’s most talked about themes and filmmakers and will feature 40 films: 23 narratives and 17 documentaries with 24 of those films being world premieres. Debuting new work from master directors such as the Taviani Brothers (Caesar Must Die), Michael Winterbottom (The Trip To Italy), and Neil Labute (Death At A Funeral), audiences will also be introduced to new voices like first time director Henry Hobson’s Maggie and Pray The Devil Back To Hell producer Abigail Disney’s directorial debut The Armour Of Light.
- Sacha Hall
Each and every year, the South by Southwest Film Festival comes together in Austin, Texas to shine the spotlight on some of the most provocative and ingenious indie horror films from across the globe. The 2015 SXSW line-up is no exception, featuring a multitude of thought-provoking titles and genre-bending awesomeness that we could not be more excited to check out during the festival this month.
Here’s a look at several of the films from SXSW 2015 that have us excited for this year’s line-up and should stay on your radar once they’re officially released at a later date:
Max and her friends are mysteriously transported into a famous 1980s horror movie that starred Max's mother, a celebrated scream queen. Reunited, they team up to fight the film's maniacal killer and find their way back home. Cast: Taissa Farmiga, »
- Heather Wixson
Relativity released their new horror/thriller film, "The Lazarus Effect," into theaters this weekend, and all the top,major critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that most of them didn't like this one as it only garnered up a small 33 score out of a possible 100 across 24 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Sarah Bolger, Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters and Donald Glover. We've posted some blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. James Rocchi at TheWrap, gave it a great 80 score, stating: "The Lazarus Effect is a smart, unsubtle chiller that should leave even a dedicated horror fan shaken and spooked from its opening scene’s revelations to its final scene’s implications." Gary Goldstein over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a solid 70 score. He stated: " Director David Gelb, switching gears from his fine 2011 documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," keeps the »
- Andre Braddox
Death Becomes Her: Gelb’s B-Grade Horror Haunted By Its Own Ideas
With its absurd title, which recalls an era of enjoyable B-grade Sci-Fi/horror films from decades past, The Lazarus Effect seems disappointingly inclined to revel in a shallow pool of absurd, preternatural devices. Though its third act regression into silliness may seem wholly unsurprising to a majority of its core audience, the pedigree of talent both in front of and behind the camera would seem to dictate otherwise. At its outset, there’s a decent degree of mounting dread, even as we expect the consequences of these medical students’ silly actions to quickly reign a terrible wrath upon their ambitious, presumptuous brains. The title, referencing a notable character from the Bible who literally comes back from the dead, is an obvious giveaway to those familiar with the allusion, but it very meekly pits its warring scientific and »
- Nicholas Bell
Quite frankly, it's shocking that Mark Duplass had time to film a lead role in this weekend's supernatural shocker "The Lazarus Effect." After all, he stars in a well-regarded cable show ("The League") and writes, directs, and stars in his own series for HBO ("Togetherness"), while appearing in or co-directing or producing one out of every three movies that debuts at Sundance or South by Southwest (things like "Safety Not Guaranteed," "The One I Love," "Creep," etc.) and filming bits in high profile studio movies (everything from "Zero Dark Thirty" to "Tammy"). Homeboy is busy.
In "The Lazarus Effect," though, he plays a character who might have even more on his mind than Duplass himself, as a grad school scientist working on a new serum that can bring people back from the dead. When his wife and fellow scientist (played by Olivia Wilde) is killed during an experiment, he makes »
- Drew Taylor
February is the cruelest month for solid PG-13 horror movies bent on luring the kiddies for popcorn and calculated jump scares. While the unapologetically stupid B-thriller "The Lazarus Effect" offers little in the way of a salve or antidote — or, in spirit of the film's mumbo-jumbo sci-fi parlance, "serum" — to this formula, not once during this absorbingly hokey ride will you be thinking about anything else. It's a compelling, even decently acted piece of schlock that breezes by at a lean 83 minutes, with enough self-awareness to know you're going to forget it the minute the lights go up. "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" director David Gelb takes a hairpin career turn to ambivalently concoct a witchy brew of ridiculousness. Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass star as engaged-to-be-married scientists steering a Berkeley research team toward a hush-hush medical breakthrough — bringing the dead back to life by way of a seminal-looking fluid called the Lazarus Serum. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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