Think you know all the major players in this vast gastronomical world? If you haven’t heard of America’s first celebrity chef, Jeremiah Tower, then you might want to reconsider your answer and educate yourself at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, produced by Food Republic parent company Zero Point Zero Production with CNN Films, will premiere at the film fest in New York City in April. The film follows Tower through his storied career, including his groundbreaking tenure at Chez Panisse straight through to his attempt to revive NYC’s famed Tavern on the Green, and features interviews with Martha Stewart, Mario Batali, Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain.The Last Magnificent is the first film featuring Bourdain as executive producer. The film’s director and fellow executive producer (and ZPZ co-founder) Lydia Tenaglia, along with Bourdain and chef Tower, will discuss the film after the screening as part of the “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” series.
The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival will feature many highlights, including a reunion screening and talk with the cast of the 1976 film Taxi Driver, and a series of panels called “Tribeca Talks: Director Series,” featuring the likes of JJ Abrams and Chris Rock in conversation. For more food and drink programming, check out director Francis Ford Coppola’s talk with author Jay McInerney, as they plan to discuss Coppola’s love for wine and food as well as his legendary film career. The subject of dining on insects will also be spotlighted in the documentary Bugs, which features the head chef of Denmark’s Nordic Food Lab, Ben Reade, who’s trying to convince diners to tuck in for grasshopper ravioli and bee larva ceviche.
As for the Tower documentary, The Last Magnificent debuts on Saturday, April 16 at 3 p.m. at the John Zuccotti Theatre at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, March 29 and can be purchased here.