Lee Brian Schrager's Culinary Cinema
After a very successful first year as part of MIFF’s 30th annual Festival in 2013, Lee Brian Schrager’s Culinary Cinema (LBSCC) program will return for a second great year in 2014. Dedicated to celebrating Miami’s exceptional status as an internationally recognized multicultural, culinary and cinematic melting pot, the program will be held in iconic venues and will combine deliciously stimulating films with innovative cuisine by some of the world’s most notable filmmakers and chefs, bringing together Miami locals and guests alike to celebrate creativity on the screen and plate.
“Culinary cinema” is a noble genre in the art of motion pictures, from classics such as Denmark’s 1987 Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast to recent Oscar nominee Julie & Julia (2009). In the upcoming 2013-2014 season, several US distributors are readying new culinary cinema features for release: The Weinstein Company has Cesar-nominated Haute Cuisine on the menu, Cohen Media Group will release The Chef starring Jean Reno, and Magnolia Pictures will serve up Tasting Menu with Stephen Rea.
MIFF’s newest programmer, Lee Brian Schrager, comes custom-fit for the role as Miami and America’s chief culinary cinema curator. (“No one else does or has ever done what Mr. Schrager does in the food world,”) declared The New York Times – “The Food Festival Booker, Catering to Star Chefs”, by Allen Salkin, June 11, 2008. As founder of both the national, star-studded South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SBWFF) and New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) and a food world celebrity in his own right, Mr. Schrager is deeply connected in Hollywood. At his Wine & Food Festivals, Mr. Schrager has secured the participation of Antonio Banderas, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart for hosting and presenting duties at his events, to name just a few. Mr. Schrager is also a renowned cinephile, and has previously served on the jury of the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.
MIFF has been a place of dreams and ideas for art, international cultures, and lifestyles. Miami is poised and positioned as the ideal city and film festival in the US for the LBSCC program to bring a new level of attention for culinary cinema motion pictures. As Mr. Schrager’s hometown for 35 years, he has led the way to bringing Miami’s food scene into the spotlight on the national stage for serious foodies.
See photos from 2013’s opening day brunch of Lee Brian Schrager’s Culinary Cinema at Juvia with the chefs of the North American premiere of Brazil’s Why Did You Leave?:
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