2013 Chicago Food Film Festival
Official Selections


We are pleased to announce the winners of the coveted Slotted Spoon awards for the 2013 Chicago Food Film Festival:

(Please scroll down for the full list of Official Selections for the
2013 Chicago Food Film Festival)

Jarlsberg Best Short Film Award:
The Chile Film, Dir, Kelly Urig 

Warsteiner Best Super-Short Film Award:
Shakycow Orange Juice, Dir. Sean O’Hara 

In the Raw Best Food Porn Award:
Beer Braised Ox Cheek, Dir. Matt Checkowski 

Food Filmmaker of the Year Award:
Michael Fox, Director of Biting Into the Ramen Burger

Terlato Wines Made in Chicago Award:
We Are All Just Trying To Tell A Story, Dir. Pete Erikson 

Frei Brothers Reserve Audience Choice Award:
Old Fashioned Salted Caramels, Dir. Mark Klebeck 


Ashley English
Dir. Kelly Le Castre, 4:16 min, Chicago Premiere
North Carolina DIY queen Ashley English makes the good life look easy.

Beer Braised Ox Cheek
Dir. Matt Checkowski, 1:00 min, Chicago Premiere
One of Chef Martin Berg’s culinary dreams, just backwards.

Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada
Dir. Gabriel Taraboulsy, 4:17 min, Chicago Premiere
Joseph Cordova reminisces about his very first fish taco experience, and shares the impetus for opening his now-famous Los Angeles stand, Best Fish Taco in Ensenada.

Biting into the Ramen Burger
Dir. Michael Fox, 8min, Chicago Premiere
In Brooklyn during the summer of 2013 something special happened when Keizo Shimamoto put a hamburger between 2 ramen noodle buns.  Follow the very fast rise of the Ramen Burger.

The Chile Film
Dir. Kelly Brinn Urig, 26:46 min, Chicago Premiere
In New Mexico’s vibrant culture, no food stands above the chile, which is revered for its unique taste and quality. For generations, the chile farmers of New Mexico have dedicated their lives to this indigenous pepper.

Eat | Love
Dir. Kelly Le Castre, 6:57 min, Chicago Premiere
Nature has already perfected the cherry tomato, the fresh sourdough, the glop of honey. But instead of examining food as an object, eating designer Marije Vogelzang examines the experience of how we prepare and share it.

Edward Wohl: At Home in the Shop
Dir. David Eisenberg, 10 min, Chicago Premiere
A profile of Edward Wohl, a woodworker in rural Wisconsin who makes a line of unique cutting boards from bird’s eye maple, which are found in stores and art galleries around the world.

Fac et Spera (Hope and Do)
Dirs. Florent & Remy Gaillard, 22:29 min, Chicago Premiere
Filmmakers Florent & Remy Gaillard give you access to the estate vineyards, the winery and to the universe of Maison M Chapoutier, France’s most admired winery.  The film also profiles Michel Chapoutier, the head of this wine family, who has a unique philosophy on life and the business of wine.

The Fermentation of Respect
Dir. Aromi Creativi, 3:31 min, Chicago Premiere
Chef Cristina Bowerman is one of the few women with a Michelin star in Italy. The concept of respect is fundamental to her cuisine, especially the respect for her own identity.

Dirs. Kay van Vree & Hugo de Kok, 1:14 min, Chicago Premiere
An experimental film where curious filmmakers explore the forms and shapes foods make when you flatten them.

Dir. Charles Grantham, 2:27 min, Chicago Premiere
Food Porn Star Larry Cauldwell returns in a film full of succulent food, sexiness, and Larry! His virility permeates the silver screen and seduces viewers with both his aura and the intrinsic romance…of fondue.

Head On: Shrimping in The Lowcountry
Dir. George Motz, Chicago Premiere
There is nothing like wild-caught South Carolina shrimp. Learn why from the Lowcountry shrimpers and chefs that make their livelihood from this tasty local shellfish.

How To Make Burmese Faluda
Dir. Sofia Carvajal, 1:52 min, Chicago Premiere
In Burma, faluda is sold on the streets and cafes to cool down the locals on a hot summer’s day.  Learn how to make one for yourself.

Lets Get Silly
Dir. Ian Glaum 1:00 min, Chicago Premiere
Don’t mess with popcorn unless you want a beatin’.

Letting Salt Just Be Salt: Amagansett Sea Salt Co.
Dir. Liza de Guia, 7:05 min, Chicago Premiere
Steven and Natalie Judelson are sea-salt fanatics and the husband & wife team behind Amagansett Sea Salt Co. on Long Island, NY. They are New York State’s only sea salt makers and one of only four artisan salt makers on the entire Eastern Seaboard.

Machines II
Dir. Jennifer Kendzior, 3:50 min, Chicago Premiere
A collage of rhythms from the smooth hills to the mesmerizing mechanics of a tea factory.

Mile High Pie
Dir. Melanie Lynn Addington, 4:15 min
A short documentary film on the mile-high pies at Ed & Kay’s Restaurant in Benton, Arkansas

Mixed Berries, Three Ways
Dir. Matt Checkowski, 1:00 min, Chicago Premiere
Another one of Chef Martin Berg’s culinary dreams, just backwards.

The Northeast Kingdom
Dir. Clyde Burley, 6:31 min, Chicago Premiere
Brothers Mateo and Andy Kehler derive meaning from their daily existence working hard in a place they both love: Greensboro, Vermont, home of Jasper Hill Farm, which produces some damn good cheese.

Oh My Rødgrød!
Dirs. Carole Amber, Alexis Weed, Troy Amber, Matt Meyer, 3:53 min, Chicago Premiere
A depiction of a culinary battle between traditional ingredients and a modern-day chef.

Old Fashioned Salted Caramels
Dir. Mark Klebeck, 2 min, Chicago Premiere
This is what happend when the two worlds of Old Fashioned Doughnuts and Salted Caramels collide.

Ole-Martin Hansen – The Salmon Smoker
Dir. Nikolaj Belzer, 3:51 min, Chicago Premiere
Ole-Martin Hansen guides us around his London salmon smokehouse and the ascetic Norwegian-style cabin he has built above it.

Dir. Scott Pitts, 1:05 min, Chicago Premiere
A beautifully blurred cocktail creation – fresh squeezed grapefruit, sliced lime, suspended salt and an epic tequila splash.  Intoxicating memories of the sultry “Paloma.”

The Perfect Oyster
Dir. Craig Noble, 6 min
There really is no one who can wax poetic about oysters like Brent Petkau.  2008 NYC Food Film Festival Feature Film Award winner Craig Noble returns with this portrait of a man and his sexy oysters.

Shakycow Orange Juice Commercial
Dir. Sean O’Hara, 40 seconds
Featuring actual oranges (and assorted fruit), this quirky stop motion animation shows a world where pregnant oranges are juiced in a hospital setting and juice blends are made from fruit getting funky with one another.

Small Green Fields
Dir. Imen McDonnell, 11:55 min, World Premiere
A tasty cinematic journey across the grassy hills and hedgerows of Ireland to reveal a remarkably robust food culture. American food writer Imen McDonnell discovers what she believes to be an Irish food renaissance.

Sweet Legacy
Dir. George Motz, 15 min, Chicago Premiere
A portrait of Brooklyn sugar legacy In The Raw and the family behind this beloved packing company.

That’s Mandorlato!
Dir. Aromi Creativi, 4:30 min, Chicago Premiere
Authentic mandorlato comes from Cologna Veneta, a small town close to Verona, Italy. The film shows how a local product is kept alive using technology, but never forgetting tradition.

We Are All Just Trying to Tell A Story
Dir. Pete Erickson, 4:38 min Chicago Premiere
Grant Achatz may not play an instrument but he is one of the greatest “jazz musicians” in the world. His instrument, food. Martin Kastner is a genius – a sculptor / designer whose medium is the table top.

Where does a Compost Cookie come from?
Dir. Peter Meehan, 2:46 min
C is for cookie and cookie is for….harrarummphmhmmmmm. Mmmm. Good cookie.

You Really Should Eat This: Corned Beef Hash at George’s
Dir. David Hammond, 2:00 min, Chicago Premiere
The first in the You Really Should Eat This series, is about the corned beef hash at George’s in Oak Park.

You Really Should Eat This: Feijoada at Taste of Brasil Cafe
Dir. David Hammond, 3:15 min, Chicago Premiere
This second in the You Really Should Eat This series, is about the feijoada at Taste of Brasil in Oak Park.


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