Part of SFFILM Festival
Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy
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
Elizabeth Carroll received her BA in Media Studies and Film from the University of San Francisco. Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy is her first feature.
Language English, Spanish
Director Elizabeth Carroll
Producer Dan Braun, Elizabeth Carroll
Editor Paul Lovelace, Jordan Schulkin
Cinematographer Paul Mailman, Andrei Zakow
Music Graham Reynolds, Dan Teicher