Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy Directed
Elizabeth Carroll USA, Mexico / 2019 / 73 minutes East Coast Premiere
English, and Spanish with subtitles
Times and Venues:
WOODSTOCK Bearsville Theater
RHINEBECK Upstate Films I
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Gina Abatemarco, Jonathan Gould
SYNOPSIS: Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy is the story of the vivacious prophet of authentic Mexican food –James Beard Award-winning food writer Diana Kennedy. A 96-year-old British woman might be the last person you would think is an expert on authentic Mexican cuisine, but after many decades, she is still the authoritative source that the food world looks to. The film opens with Kennedy declaring cooking is great therapy, and goes on to tell the story of how she fell in love with Mexican cooking and traveled throughout the country in the name of research. Kennedy has always been adamant about preserving the authenticity of dishes –no recipe interpretations necessary. Her larger-than-life personality will quickly capture your heart, as you contemplate the topic of appropriation versus appreciation in this fabulous documentary about a woman's zest for life, still going strong in her golden years. —Sierra Slaughter
BIO: Elizabeth Carroll studied documentary film at the University of San Francisco under Academy- Award nominated filmmaker and Sundance fellow Sam Green. In 2013, she founded Honeywater Films to produce stories about food. She has directed video content for The New York Times and lives in Brooklyn.
Cast/Featuring: Diana Kennedy
Executive Producer(s): Jose Andres, Salvatore Fuschetto, Anna Godas, Jonathan Gould, Margaret Martin, Nick Zukin,
Producer(s): Dan Braun, David Koh, Gina Abatemarco
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