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Part of SFFILM Festival

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy

Directed by Elizabeth Carroll

USA | Documentary | 68

12 Apr
Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm PT
15 Apr
Mon, Apr 15 at 8:30 pm PT
Roxie Theater

Guests Expected

Director Elizabeth Carroll is expected to attend both screenings.


Reflecting on her life’s work as one of the globe’s authorities on Mexican cuisine, 95-year-old Diana Kennedy says, “Always get a recipe.” Whether hosting cooking classes in her Michoacán home (“If anyone says they don’t like cilantro, please don’t invite them”), driving back roads in her weathered Nissan, or providing a noteworthy example of sustainable living, Kennedy and her reminiscences and irascible persona show how passion and appetite made a career. Though the film remains focused indelibly on Kennedy, Bay Area food luminaries Alice Waters and Gabriela Cámara offer penetrating insights of their own. Winner, Special Jury Recognition for Excellence in Storytelling, SXSW.

“Featuring home videos, personal photos, interviews with more than half a dozen chefs, music from Austin composer Graham Reynolds and unprecedented access to Kennedy and her Michoacán homestead, the documentary captures the feistiness and passion of the ‘adorable narcissist’ who continues to teach cooking classes and travel to talk about her work.” – Addie Broyles, Austin360

Director Elizabeth Carroll

Elizabeth Carroll received her BA in Media Studies and Film from the University of San Francisco. Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy is her first feature.

Film Details

Year 2019

Language English, Spanish

Runtime 68

Country USA/Mexico

Director Elizabeth Carroll

Producer Dan Braun, Elizabeth Carroll

Editor Paul Lovelace, Jordan Schulkin

Cinematographer Paul Mailman, Andrei Zakow

Music Graham Reynolds, Dan Teicher