The Newport Beach Film Festival is thrilled to expand its non-fiction programming with the introduction of the 2018 Culinary Film Series, a new documentary film program that celebrates emerging and prominent gourmet chefs, the art of gastronomy, international food culture, and the craft of winemaking and distilling. From the Burgundy Hills of France to the Michelin star restaurants of San Sebastian to the ramen shops of Tokyo, the 2018 program spotlights eight films that explore a mouthwatering array of flavorful regional and local cuisines of the culinary world. Filled with cinematic artistry, the films go behind the scenes into bustling kitchens of renown restaurants, to remote rural villages, into potager gardens and vineyards of today’s chefs, vintners, and distillers. The films capture the fascinating stories of these passionate creators and reveal the challenges, triumphs and the vital ingredients essential to achieving success in the culinary industry. 

 
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April 2018

Constructing Albert

Friday, April 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:51 pm
The Lot- SCREEN 3, 999 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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$15.00

At just fifteen, without vocation or aspiration, Albert reluctantly started working with his brother as they created elBulli, a Michelin 3-star restaurant. He soon found in cuisine a blank canvas on which to experiment and express his previously untapped creativity. Two years after elBulli closed its doors, Albert is in the midst of a herculean creative adventure. This is Albert’s proclamation of self-assurance, his attempt to escape the shadow of the now legendary elBulli and enter the Pantheon of great…

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Scotch – A Golden Dream

Saturday, April 28 @ 2:30 pm - 3:58 pm
Triangle Cinemas- SCREEN 7, 1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
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$15.00

Scotch - A Golden Dream Through the centuries, Scotch whiskey has become the incredible drink of choice worldwide. Individuals have formed entire careers around the creation and taste of this sharp Scottish beverage. Some people are even able to live off their ability to taste this beverage and judge its worth. This magnificent film crew travel to the Scottish Highlands and countryside to explore the biggest names in the whiskey industry and find the true worth of a good Scotch.…

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Three Days of Glory

Sunday, April 29 @ 3:30 pm - 4:42 pm
Edwards Big Newport 6 & RPX- SCREEN 4, 300 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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$15.00

Every November, winemakers, chefs, writers, critics, industry legends, foodies and aficionados descend on the sleepy heart of Burgundy for Les Trois Glorieuses (Three Days of Glory). This reeling wine region explodes with color and decadence as a colorful cast of vignerons enjoys a three day wine celebration full of mind-blowing meals and an unthinkable range of the greatest wines on the planet.   Q&A with Directors Scott Wright & David Baker following the screening.

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Grand Cru

Monday, April 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:19 pm
Triangle Cinemas- SCREEN 5, 1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
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$15.00

An aspiring poet from Montreal settled in the mythical land of Burgundy to work the harvest at age 21 and embarked on an unlikely path to winemaking stardom. Now, over thirty years later, he is renowned as an artist and innovator. Shot over his most difficult year ever, when the catastrophic 2016 season saw devastating frosts, hailstorms and disease in the vineyards. Told as both a love letter to the art of wine and a cautionary tale, winemakers must face…

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Ramen Heads

Monday, April 30 @ 5:15 pm - 6:48 pm
Triangle Cinemas- SCREEN 5, 1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
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$15.00

Osamu Tomita, Japan’s reigning king of ramen takes us deep into his world, revealing every single step of his obsessive approach to creating the perfect soup and noodles, and his relentless search for the highest-quality ingredients. In addition to Tomita’s story, the film also profiles five other notable ramen shops, each with its own philosophy and flavor. Mixing in a brief rundown of its historical roots, viewers get an in-depth look at the culture surrounding this unique and beguiling dish.

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Michelin Stars: Tales From The Kitchen

Monday, April 30 @ 5:30 pm - 6:52 pm
The Lot- SCREEN 4, 999 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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$15.00

At a moment in time when humanity is obsessed with food – photographing every dish, worshipping cooks and flaunting trophy meals on social media - go under the surface and get an in-depth, honest and relevant view into the everyday world of Michelin chefs and restaurants. Telling tales from a grand menu of culinary temples as well as digging into the greatness and flaws of Guide Michelin in this golden age of gastronomy.

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Filipino Spotlight – ULAM: Main Dish

Monday, April 30 @ 7:45 pm - 9:04 pm
Lido Theater, 3459 Via Lido
Newport Beach, CA 92663 United States
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$20.00 - $45.00
Main Dish

ULAM: Main Dish Follow the rise of Filipino food via the award-winning chefs as they cross over to the center of the American table. This culinary movement is not only a remarkable achievement for American restaurateurs, but also as a validation of Filipino culture. The film confronts issues inherent in representing both Filipino and American identity, and challenges from both the Filipino community and the world at large. The film is a celebration -- and confirmation -- that Filipino food,…

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May 2018

Scotch – A Golden Dream (2nd Screening)

Tuesday, May 1 @ 3:15 pm - 4:43 pm
Edwards Big Newport 6 & RPX- SCREEN 6, 300 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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$15.00

Scotch - A Golden Dream Through the centuries, Scotch whiskey has become the incredible drink of choice worldwide. Individuals have formed entire careers around the creation and taste of this sharp Scottish beverage. Some people are even able to live off their ability to taste this beverage and judge its worth. This magnificent film crew travel to the Scottish Highlands and countryside to explore the biggest names in the whiskey industry and find the true worth of a good Scotch.…

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Three Days of Glory (2nd Screening)

Wednesday, May 2 @ 12:30 pm - 1:42 pm
The Lot- SCREEN 4, 999 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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$15.00

Three Days of Glory Every November, winemakers, chefs, writers, critics, industry legends, foodies and aficionados descend on the sleepy heart of Burgundy for Les Trois Glorieuses (Three Days of Glory). This reeling wine region explodes with color and decadence as a colorful cast of vignerons enjoys a three day wine celebration full of mind-blowing meals and an unthinkable range of the greatest wines on the planet.

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