Documentary about a boy wonder chef to screen in Middlebury
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival presents the documentary “Chef Flynn” on Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m., as its featured March film for the MNFF 2018/19 Winter/Spring Screening Series at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Expanding to seven films from six, MNFF has offered one distinctive feature every month since November, and cill continue through May. The series retains its exclusive focus on prominent work by first-and second-time filmmakers.
“Chef Flynn is the kind of immersive documentary that brings viewers into a colorful and rarified world, where a child cooking prodigy and his mother both collaborate and butt heads as his burgeoning career as a world class chef develops,” noted Lloyd Komesar, MNFF Producer. “The film is really revealing and entertaining and we are delighted to bring Chef Flynn to our audiences as part of the Winter/Spring Screening Series.”
A second feature documentary from director Cameron Yates, “Chef Flynn” traces the remarkable rise of Flynn McGarry from the start of his career as a 10-year-old making meals in his bedroom outfitted with elaborate kitchen equipment to the heralded opening of his pop-up restaurant in New York nine years later. Along the way, the film reveals the complex relationship between young McGarry and his very attentive mother, Meg.
As John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter sharply observed, “Being a prodigy can be tough. Even if your parents aren’t the kind of taskmasters who insist on overachievement to the exclusion of fun, you’re almost certain to be resented by the less talented kids around you and the older pros who don’t see what all the fuss is about. In the involving and mouthwatering Chef Flynn, Cameron Yates follows the budding career of Flynn McGarry, the California wunderkind who was creating hot-ticket tasting menu dinners at 12 and working under some of the world’s most celebrated chefs at 13. The Food Network crowd will go nuts for the doc, but beyond the shots of luscious dishes, there’s a pretty interesting character study here as well.”
See “Chef Flynn” Sunday, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 and available at the Town Hall Theater Box Office, by phone at (802) 382-9222 or online townhalltheater.org/calendar-and-tickets.
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