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Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story

USA | 2016 | 98 minutes | Brett A. Schwartz

Follow the journey of famed chef, inventor, and food activist Homaro Cantu, who rose from a childhood of poverty and abuse to open his first restaurant, Chicago's Moto, at age 27, revolutionizing molecular gastronomy.

June 3, 2016
Ark Lodge Cinemas  
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June 4, 2016
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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If you have an interest in the connection between food and science, then you've heard of Homaro Cantu. A famed chef, inventor, and food activist, he toiled for four years in Charlie Trotter's kitchen (where he worked for free in exchange for a culinary education), took over Chicago's Moto restaurant where he was vital in the refinement of molecular gastronomy, and partnered with Elon Musk's SpaceX to revolutionize space cuisine. Rising from a childhood of poverty, homelessness, and abuse in the Pacific Northwest, he made waves in the culinary word through curiosity, entrepreneurship, and imagination. (Edible menus? Delicious.) This "Mad Scientist" celebrity chef, this "Edison of the edible," never seemed concerned with money; he used his fame to tackle obesity, hoping to eliminate fine sugars from our diet through the use of a West African "miracle berry" that makes any sour or acidic food taste sweet. But in April 2015, seemingly at the height of his abilities, he took his own life. Shot over a three-year period, Insatiable follows Cantu at a pivotal moment in his career and takes you on a dizzying and thrilling ride, in a story that moves from redemption and inspiration to tragedy and back again.

Director Biography
Brett A. Schwartz is an award-winning filmmaker who has been producing documentaries since 1995. His latest feature documentary, Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story, received a Spotlight Documentary Film Award after having its world premiere at SXSW earlier this year. Schwartz's films have screened at numerous film festivals, such as SXSW, Slamdance, and Cinequest. His work has also aired on a number of networks, including Bravo, MSNBC, HGTV, Court TV, CBS, and PBS.

Sponsored by Seattle Met, CTI BioPharma

Director: Brett A. Schwartz
Principal Cast: Homaro Cantu, Richie Farina, Angela Cantu-Reeder, Trevor Rose-Hamblin, Mark Caro, Scott Trotter
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 98 minutes
Producer: Brett A. Schwartz
Screenplay: Brett A. Schwartz
Cinematographers: Brett A. Schwartz
Editors: Brett A. Schwartz
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Mashed Media (doc, 2010)
Language: English
Format: DCP
International Sales: Preferred Content
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