DocNight: Kings of Pastry
USA, 2009, 84 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France, United Kingdom, Netherlands
Language: French, English English Sub-Titles
Q& A with directors D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus followed by reception with desserts from Keegan Gerhard's d bar desserts!
Digital presentation - Imagine a scene never before witnessed: Sixteen French pastry chefs gathered in Lyon for three intense days of mixing, piping and sculpting everything from delicate chocolates to six-foot sugar sculptures in hopes of being declared by President Nicolas Sarkozy one of the best. This is the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition (Best Craftsmen in France). The blue, white and red striped collar worn on the jackets of the winners is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef – it is a dream and an obsession. The finalists, France’s culinary elite, risk their reputations as well as sacrifice family and finances in pursuit of this lifelong distinction of excellence. Similar to the Olympics, the three-day contest takes place every four years and it requires that the chefs not only have extraordinary skill and nerves of steel, but also a lot of luck.
About Filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus
Chris Hegedus has been making films as a director, cinematographer, and editor for over 30 years, recording some of the best-known personalities of our times. She received the 2001 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for Startup.com. With her husband and partner D A Pennebaker, she directed The War Room, a behind-the-scenes look at Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign that received an Academy Award® nomination and won the National Board of Review’s D.W. Griffith Award for Best Documentary. Hegedus has received the Golden Eagle CINE award and lifetime achievement awards from several organizations, including the International Documentary Association. In 2006, she theatrically released, Al Franken: God Spoke.
Hegedus first collaborated with Pennebaker as editor of Town Bloody Hall, about the infamous 1971 debate on feminism moderated by Norman Mailer. Subsequent collaborations include the 1977 television series The Energy War; DeLorean, following auto entrepreneur John DeLorean; Rockaby, written by Samuel Beckett for their project starring Billie Whitelaw; and the acclaimed 1998 feature Moon Over Broadway, which chronicled Carol Burnett’s tumultuous return to Broadway theater.
Hegedus and Pennebaker have devoted much of their creative energies to short and feature-length
films about music.
DIRECTOR: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
US Distributor: First Run Features