For this weekend's fourth annual NYC Food Film Festival, George Motz (Director of the 2004 burger documentary Hamburger America), and Chef Harry Hawk (formerly of Schnack and the Water Taxi Beach), have curated a selection of short and feature length films about food -- some political, some retrospective, and some just plain old entertaining.
The most significant film to be screened at the festival is Florent: Queen of the Meat Market, a feature-length documentary about the legendary all-hours Meatpacking District diner that closed after 23 years of operation on Gay Pride Day, June 29, 2008. Director David Sigal has included both new and vintage film footage of the clientele's gender-bending and salacious antics, and interviews with celebrity regulars such as Izaac Mizrahi, Diane von Furstenburg, Julianne Moore, and the artist Christo. The event's ticket holders will be treated to a selection of food from the original menu. Expect boys in drag and girls in crystal nipple stars. The question is: where is the after party?
The complete five day series is organized into themed daily events that just scream out in celebration of the summer's weather. Each event is its own little party, and if only you had every night off, you'd be there for all of them. Tonight's "Shuck N' Suck" at the South Street Seaport Water Taxi Beach kicks off with an oyster shucking and sucking contest, all you can eat oysters, and four films about the briny bivalves. On Thursday, Public's Chef Brad Farmerie is hosting a celebration of Asian street food with a screening of several shorts, including Ipoh Invasion, in which "gonzo food host Riz Ainuddin" visits his favorite popiah stand in Ipoh. On Friday, head over to LIC to traipse through the Water Taxi Beach's sandy ground for the "Smoke, Ears and Ice Cream" event (the name says it all).
All day Saturday, the Festival is hosting the FREE (and unfortunately, sold out) "World's First Food Truck Drive-In", the Tobacco Warehouse and under the Brooklyn Bridge. The vendors include the Red Hook Ball Fields crew and films include Obsessives: Urban Farmer about an Oakland farmer who commandeered a neighboring vacant lot to raise goats, ducks and pigs, and Naturally Risen, billed as "straight-up pizza porn."
To get in on it, visit the official NYC Food Film Festival site to purchase tickets.