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USA | 2017 | 71 min. (incl. 4 min. short film) | Jonathan Cianfrani

Celebrated chef Edward Lee travels the globe on a flavorful mission to discover how and why the fermentation process is a staple of world cuisine, including how it adds “culture” to cheese, beer, bread, pickles, kombucha, miso, and more.

Monday, May 29, 2017

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Shoreline Community College

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

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AMC Pacific Place

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SIFF Cinema Uptown

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Chef and author Edward Lee host what he calls a "human process and journey" to discover the answer to the question: What is fermentation? Along with director Jonathan Cianfrani, Lee travels all over the world to introduce the audience to the people who live and breathe fermentation daily: food writer/activist Sandor Katz, America's live-culture guru; Soyoung Scanlan, an experienced cheesemaker; and Augustino and Antonio Fiasche, a father/son salami-making team. These creators show the audience that fermentation is not a cooking technique or strictly a science experiment; it's an art of letting nature take its course. Lee is able to explain the complex process of fermentation in a way that's interesting even to those who got a D in high-school biology and aims to simplify it so that anyone can see fermentation as a lifestyle that's possible, not a task that's unconquerable. Vegetables, cheese, beer, bread, salami, and so much more—this documentary is the gateway to a behind-the-scenes look at the culinary process that has fascinated and inspired different cultures (pun intended) for centuries.

Director Biography

Jonathan Cianfrani 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. Fermented is his first documentary feature.

Sponsored by Huxley Wallace Collective, Great State Burger, Vestal, Westward, Lagunitas Brewing Company

  • Director: Jonathan Cianfrani
  • Principal Cast: Edward Lee
  • Premiere Status: World
  • Country: USA, Japan
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 71 min. (incl. 4 min. short film)
  • Producer: Jared Andrukanis, Joe Caterini, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia
  • Screenplay: Edward Lee
  • Cinematographers: David Gorn, Jeremy Leach, Ethan Mills
  • Editors: Jonathan Cianfrani
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP

Preceded by Short Film: "Sweet, Sour, Dill, and Everything in Between"

This film will be preceded by the short film "Sweet, Sour, Dill, and Everything in Between" (USA | 2016 | 4 minutes | Justine Miller)

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