It has finally arrived, the movie we “foodies” have been dreaming about…..right? Well maybe not quite, but if you have any inclination towards the food “scene” and all its gastronomic delights, this is the film to watch. A dark comedy, “Foodie,” written by Eryk Pruitt and directed by Christopher Moore, brings more to the table than expected. Bacon wrapped fingers anyone?
The premise is this: “a restaurant professional invited to an exclusive, underground supper club who finds out there’s much more on the menu than he bargained for.” (insert intrigue). I mean, isn’t that the Holy Grail of dining experiences? To be invited to the most exclusive dinner imaginable? Maybe, but not so much in this case!
I had the opportunity to speak with Chris about the movie after watching an “almost” final version (they have since added more music and sound effects) to find out a little more about the behind the scenes process and what it is they are hoping to achieve. As for what they want people to walk away with, Chris explained it’s different for each person but after screening it at the Cape Fear Film Festival, he was happy to see people laughing in all the right places, but also said it’s different for each person. He talked about the rich and crazy set of characters, the sort of Hannable Lectors of the world, where one looks normal from the outside, BUT, the person next to you has dark intentions. And the characters are truly hilarious….I just don’t want to give anything away and take away from the fun of them unfolding in front of you =)
The movie took about 5 months to complete, give or take, and is Chris’ 5th short film on the film festival circuit.
Throughout the movie, the use of food terminology is in full force and as Chris explained, really “makes it” and creates something different by adding a real “food intelligence to the script.” He credits Eryk for his dark sensibility and dark humor, and his love of the food industry for bringing an “extreme version of foodie people” into a comedic realm.
There are definitely some great laughs, but also some fantastic “omg” moments in the film when you can’t help but jump out of your seat…you’ll just have to go watch it to see for yourself to see what I mean.
I randomly came across this definition in the Urban Dictionary, perfectly suited for “Foodie,” in a slightly dark way!
1) To “smellucinate” – to imagine a smell thatisn’t actually there, as if to hallucinate. To experience “smellucination.”
2) When you smell something that is not there.
Having just won a nomination at the Cape Fear Film Festival for Best Horror of 2012, they are screening the movie at MotorCo this Thursday in hopes of raising funds to enter it in several more festivals around the country, including the NYC Food Film Fest.
Here is what Chris had to say. “Everything came together perfectly for this film. We had the amazing story by Eryk. We had an amazing cinematographer with Ish. We had anamazing cast and crew. I’m extremely happy with how “Foodie” turned out.” And so am I!
Join the Filmmakers, cast and crew for the local debut screening of “Foodie” this Thursday, May 17 at 7pm and is $5. Kokyu BBQ truck will be on-site and maybe, just maybe, whipping up a few creative, movie inspired dishes to enjoy.
I hate that I am out of town and will miss the fun, but trust me, you don’t want to miss this movie. And please if you go, come back here and let me know what you thought of it.
Check out tomorrow’s Independent Weekly for more coverage and an interview with Eryk.
Enjoy the movie, and congratulations to Eryk, Christopher, Cast and Crew for a movie well done!
Note: I had a much more indepth version of this post written but my computer is down and in the shop until tomorrow so had to post this shorter version from my tablet to get it up today.
FOODIE: THE MOVIE — MAY 17 at MOTORCO MUSIC HALL IN DURHAM
It has been said that those who do not study the sins of the past are condemned to repeat them. In fact, in many instances, there are no solutions to current dilemmas than to look to the past. Take cannibalism, for example. Until current puritanical social taboos are rescinded, there is little information widely available regarding such practices. As subversive as the internet can be, the resources available for cooking and preparing human are a scant few. Even rotten.com makes no mention of proper consumption of mankind. Some of the more unfortunate incidents in our nation’s history in which cannibalism was the logical alternative have been curiously devoid of instruction.
Take the Donner Party, for example. How were the members of this ill-fated excursion prepared? George Donner was from North Carolina, but also lived for a while in Texas, so were they smoked over wood and hot coals like a North Carolinian would have done? If so, what kinds of wood would have been used? Hickory? Mesquite? What cut did they prefer? How quickly did the ribs go? The only mention of cooking techniques found in research was the word “roasted” but this term is generic at best.
The Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes survived for two months on the carcasses of their teammates, but little more mention is made of any technique other than they kept the meat packed with snow to preserve it for the long winter ahead. Again, no discussion of dry rub versus wet marinade, or if any sauces made from local Andean flora enhanced flavor or not.
So to fill this void, we are happy to provide the gourmand community with “Foodie,” a short dark comedy horror film that answers all of these questions and more. Our short film is our gift to the adventurous eater because, after all, there is a little foodie in all of us.
On May 17 at 7:00, Motorco Music Hall (723 Rigsbee, Durham; motorcomusic.com) will screen the short dark comedy “Foodie,” about a restaurant professional invited to an exclusive, underground supper club who finds out there’s much more on the menu than he bargained for. This film features a dazzling array of Triangle film and theater talent. Christopher G. Moore, winner of Best Horror Director of 2011 at the New York City International Film Festival, directs “Foodie” behind the expert lens of cinematographer Ismail Abdelkhalek. Together, they bring life to the script penned by Durham’s Eryk Pruitt. The cast culls the best of the area’s acting talents: Nick Karner, Jeff Alguire, Tracey Coppedge, David Berberian, Emlee Vassilos, Meredith Sause, Gilly Conklin, Tony Hughes, Alena Koch, and John Jimerson.
The film premiered at the Cape Fear Film Festival on April 28 where it was nominated for Best Horror of 2012 and, in hopes of entering more film festivals, it screens at Motorco Music Hall to raise more money for submissions. The five dollar suggested donation continues the spirit of community under which the project was born, after its budget was raised completely by donations supplied by Kickstarter.com.
So please join the filmmakers, cast and crew and the KoKyu BBQ food truck on May 17 at Motorco to watch the completion of their cinematic efforts, as they are truly happy to share their experience with you!