THE EMMY AWARD WINNING CREATORS OF PARTS UNKNOWN, MEATEATER AND THE MIND OF A CHEF PRESENT A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
RUN TIME: 67 MINUTES
OFFICIAL SELECTION SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017
ABOUT THE FILM
Look deeper, get a little dirty, and go ahead and find the beauty in rot. In the feature-length documentary FERMENTED, author and chef Edward Lee goes on a journey to better understand how the ancient process of fermentation is used in modern times both at home and abroad by visiting artisans and chefs around the world. Chef Lee is joined by an all-star cast of characters, including chefs Stuart Brioza and Dominique Crenn, bread mastermind Chad Robertson, craft brewing leader Nick Floyd, and fermentation guru Sandor Katz, to talk, share ideas, and cook with fermentation in mind. SYNOPSIS // An ancient and mysterious food preservation technique, this is a story tracing back to the origins of humankind. Throughout history it kept people nourished in both barren winters and desert heat. At first, chef Lee seeks out answers to the question of what fermentation is by exploring the process of making cheese, bread, beer, and charcuterie. We find out how flavor has taken over as the main reason for keeping the tradition of fermentation alive through profiles of kimchi, kombucha, and pickles – showing that it isn’t just the process, but the results that keep us wanting more. Ad Edward shares these experiences, stories, and recipes, we begin to better understand how a tradition can give rise to a contemporary trend, and how the culture and history of fermentation is in all of us. Even in the era of refrigeration and canning, where food is in abundance, fermentation still thrives – not as a means for survival – but as a way of creating unique deliciousness and depth of flavor. It’s something we want, a taste that we can’t get enough of. Edward travels across the Pacific Ocean to the Japanese countryside to meet with artisans who maintain traditional methods of making soy sauce and miso. The originals, time capsules, profiles of fermentation in it’s most unaltered and ageless form. As we meet these craftspeople and watch them work a timeless trade we begin to understand the risk they face. The processes they’ve kept alive for ages could disappear in future generations as technology and scale become paramount. The risk of the commoditized cannibalizing the craft. As Chef Lee’s exploration of the world of fermentation comes to a close, we are left with the question of if the world is at risk of losing the old ways for the new, and if that happens, what would it mean for the future?
ABOUT THE HOST
CHEF EDWARD LEE (Host & Writer) is a Brooklyn-born chef and restaurateur based in Louisville, Kentucky. He grew up in a Korean household, surrounded by fermented ingredients. These ingredients shaped his palate and inspired him to learn, cook, and write about food. His perspective on flavor and technique is the film’s doorway into the wide world of fermentation. Lee has made numerous television appearances including The Mind of a Chef (PBS) and as a contestant on the ninth season of Top Chef. He is a four-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee and currently owns three restaurants in both Louisville, KY and Washington, D.C.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
JONATHAN CIANFRANI (Director & Editor) is a director, producer, and editor on the EMMY® and James Beard Award-winning The Mind of a Chef (PBS). For the last five years he has documented chefs around the world, constantly seeking out new ways to connect them share their culinary passion to a food-loving audience.
JARED ANDRUKANIS (Producer) is an Emmy Award-winning Producer with credits that include the critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN), MeatEater (Sportsman), No Reservations (Travel), Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie (PBS), and The Mind of a Chef (PBS).
CHRISTOPHER COLLINS (Executive Producer) is one of the creators and Executive Producers of the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN) and has produced hundreds of episodes of television across numerous series, including the Emmy Award-winning The Mind of a Chef, Emmy-nominated The Hunt with John Walsh, and the critically acclaimed MeatEater with Steven Rinella. Collins has Executive Produced content for Netflix, CNN, Discovery Networks, and more.
JOE CATERINI (Executive Producer) is the Emmy-winning Executive Producer of The Mind of a Chef and MeatEater, with extensive experience in independent and documentary film, supervising and mixing Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine, the Sundance-winning films The Woodsman and Why We Fight, and has produced hundreds of hours of content across multiple platforms.
LYDIA TENAGLIA (Executive Producer) is one of the creators and Executive Producers of the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN) and has produced hundreds of episodes of television across numerous series, including the Emmy Award-winning The Mind of a Chef, Emmy-nominated The Hunt with John Walsh, and the critically acclaimed MeatEater with Steven Rinella. In 2016, Tenaglia directed the feature documentary Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be theatrically released in Spring 2017.
ABOUT ZERO POINT ZERO FILMS
ZERO POINT ZERO develops and produces feature-length films that explore the spirit, motivations, and emotional complexities of boundary-pushing iconoclasts. It believes in unflinching profiles that transcend linear biography, examining the unconventional paths of deeply focused mavericks. These are the people who don’t seek or require approval, and who often work at their craft in anonymity to an end only they can envision. They are rebels and radicals. Luminaries. Weirdos. Modern-day pioneers in everything from science to sport to art. Connecting these men and women are passionate and bold worldviews – a way of living through purpose that is uncommon and exceptional. In this their stories serve as both lens and mirror to audiences: through their eyes and actions we identify our own aspirations, what we want of our own lives. They grow into narratives that pierce through the unrelenting modern noise and, laid bare, represent the instinctual and un-compromised elements of a shared if sometimes fragile humanity.
ZERO POINT ZERO ACCOLADES
2017 TRIBECA Film Festival Selection – WASTED! The Story of Food Waste
2016 TRIBECA Film Festival Selection – Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
Peabody Award Winner for Distinguished Journalism
33 Primetime Emmy Nominations and 7 wins
23 Daytime Emmy Nominations and 10 wins
3 News & Docs Emmy Nominations
6 Producers Guild of America Nominations and 1 win
5 American Cinema Editors Nominations and 4 wins
7 James Beard Foundation Nominations and 4 wins
Zero Point Zero Production is a television, film, print and digital content company founded in 2003 by Executive Producers Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, with partner and Managing Director Joe Caterini joining in 2009. Since its inception, the company has produced hundreds of hours of documentary content in over 100 countries around the world, including the critically acclaimed, Emmy & Peabody Award winning series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN); the Emmy Award winning The Mind of a Chef (PBS) and Emmy nominated The Hunt with John Walsh (CNN).