EXCLUSIVE: The media always talks about the recent Golden Age of Television. Well, how about the Golden Age of Food In Film and TV? If you’re a food connoisseur, it’s a great time for food on the screen, and we’re not just talking about what’s on the Food Network and The Cooking Channel.
SXSW saw the world premiere of the feature adaptation of chef Anthony Bourdain’s restaurant noir novel Bone In The Throat. On April 26, Netflix debuts Jiro Dreams Of Sushi filmmaker David Gelb’s docu-series Chef’s Table which takes viewers behind the scenes of some of the world’s cutting-edge restaurants. Now we have a new documentary from Erik Shirai, a DP on Bourdain’s No Reservations, which could serve as a nice double feature with Jiro entitled The Birth Of Sake.
Bourdain has always been about great cinematography in his TV shows, and right off the bat you can see Shirai’s deft hand in capturing the cold, foggy mornings of Japan. The Birth of Sake follows the sacrifices that craftsmen take in preserving a 2,000-year-old tradition at the 144-year-old family-run Yoshida Brewery. Shirai spent a year following the brewery, taking us inside the lives of these culinary poets over the six months it takes to craft the Japanese brew. The Birth Of Sake premieres on Thursday at 7:30 PM at Regal Cinemas Battery Park – 9 in New York City.