Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Barista, a documentary from Rock Baijnauth that looks at the world of coffee competitions and the baristas who compete in them. It culminates in the World Barista Championships, which apparently are the Olympic Games of coffee jockeys. A fall release is planned.
Baijnauth wrote, directed and produced with Jimmy Nguyen, Roger Singh, Jason Rose and Andrew Moniz. Christopher Kao exec produced. Baijnauth’s credits include the 2011 HBO documentary The Pirate Tapes, which followed a Somali-Canadian who joins an armed pirate cell with a hidden camera.
“We are a country of avid coffee drinkers, so I’m especially excited to have the opportunity to bring this film out to audiences,” Peter Goldwyn said. “Rock captured all the passion and dedication that baristas have in providing the absolute best cup of coffee to the public and in these competitions. The film will have you rooting for your favorites to win while desperately wanting to head out to your favorite coffee bar to have a cup.”
The deal was negotiated by Samuel Goldwyn’s Ian Puente and by Andrew Howard of Jackoway Tyerman and Will Rowbotham at 3 Arts Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.