Top 10 Film Highlights

Dear Devour! Friends,

The seventh instalment of Devour! The Food Film Fest is less than ten days away! With that in mind here are 10 film highlights you won’t want to miss at this year’s culinary & cinema utopia.

  1. Devour! Opening Gala Film presented by CBC and guest curated by celebrated Canadian film icon, Gordon Pinsent. The award-winning actor and writer from Newfoundland presents his favourite food film of all-time, The Hundred-Foot Journey.
  2. The World Premiere of David Eng’s Grand Cru follows the path of Montreal-born Pascal Marchand from aspiring poet to winemaking stardom. The feature documentary will be presented as Devour!’s Spotlight Gala, with 8 celebrity chefs creating a special dinner inspired by the film following the screening. Director David Eng, the film’s star winemaker and members of the production crew will attend.
  3. The highly-anticipated Canadian Premiere of Jacques Pepin: Art of Craft will be attended by Director Peter L. Stein and Jacques Pepin, himself. The documentary chronicles Pepin’s life from young immigrant inspired by his mother and grandmother’s entrepreneurial spirit to modern-day American food icon.
  4. From the Wild Filmmaking Intensive led by From the Wild filmmakers, Kevin Kossowan and Jeff Senger. In this daylong workshop, chefs, filmmakers and wannabes are taken into the wilds of Nova Scotia to fish, hunt, forage and film.
  5. The menu of locally-grown films continues to grow with mounting interest from NSCC’s Screen Arts students and graduates. Several short films profile celebrated local chefs including Andrew Farrell (2 Doors Down) and Mark Gray (The Watch that Ends the Night) plus a tasty little tour through the humble beginnings of Halifax’s official food.
  6. We’re welcoming our partners Screen Nova Scotia back into our program with two exciting Saturday sessions. Meet the Filmmakers at our Industry Happy Hour and find out about the realities of pitching, financing, making and distributing your film in Nova Scotia and beyond in Make Your Film Now. The panel discussion will be led by Nova Scotia film producer Bill Niven and a panel of his peers.
  7. Your backyard BBQ is more than meets the eye. Matt Salleh’s film Barbecue shows us how an everyday ritual is shared by cultures around the world as a way to celebrate community, friendship and tradition. Filmmakers Matt Salleh and Rose Tucker will be in attendance as the audience gains insight into a global experience that unites us all.
  8. Filmmaker James Reid fell head over heels for Devour! after attending the festival for the first time. Now he makes a new food-focused film each year as a reason to attend the event. This year the Canadian Director’s film The MacKinnon Brothers showcases siblings who use ingredients sourced entirely from their own farm to create their craft beer.
  9. Daniel Klein, Mirra Fine and Hunter Johnston of Emmy-nominated Perennial Platereturn to Wolfville following a month-long shoot in Nova Scotia. Their shorts From Milpa to Mesa and Bacon & Greens will screen as part of the sold-out, Devour! The Road Show Comes Home. Act fast and you can still catch A Portrait of a Chef as a Young Woman or The Ovens of Cappoquin.
  10. Flying all the way from Brazil to attend the screening of his film, Tuna, Farofa & Spaghetti is filmmaker Riccardo Rossi. His road movie follows three high profile Brazilian chefs as they travel to France, Italy and Japan and back to their roots. look through the culinary landscape at how global cuisine has truly become.

If you have an appetite for food films and local cuisine, Devour! The Food Film Fest is the place to be this October. Tickets to the seventh edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest are available now through the Devour! website. For more information about each delectable event, visit devourfest.com.

Our very best,

Devour! Organizers–Michael Howell & Lia Rinaldo