The 3rd Annual NYC Food Film Fest -- unfolding from June 13 through 19 at the Astor Center and the Water Taxi Beaches of Long Island City and the South Street Seaport -- is an epic thing: 7 days, 25 films, and 15 recipes and foods pulled straight from the screen and served up (most of them free!) to hungry festival-goers, from ribeye cheesesteaks to the famous timpano turned out by Primo and Segundo in Big Night, one of the greatest food films of all time. (Take a peek at our video about the festival here.) If you can't gorge on the festival's full offerings, here -- from the NYCFFF organizers -- is our takeaway selection.
Dir. Mark Irving - 13 min. website
A man embarks on his annual mission to eat every menu item at the Wisconsin State Fair that is either deep-fried or on a stick. (Accompanying this screening will be a selection of deep fried stick bites.)
Dir. Ron Mann - 73 mins. website
The miraculous, near-secret world of fungi is revealed in Ron Mann's latest documentary. With an opening sequence (scored by the Flaming Lips) that will blow your mind. (You’ll get to sample – you guessed it – a mushroom tasting menu by Brad Farmerie.)
Dir. Joe York - 13 mins. website
A portrait of a Mississippi catfish joint, Taylor Grocery.
Dir. Ryszard Hunka - 45 mins. website
A fascinating look behind the scenes at how New York City is fed. Features footage from Hunts Point Market and a truffle purchase by Daniel Boulud that resembles a drug deal.
Dir. - Matthew Beals - 42 mins. website
The story of the past, present, and future of a beloved marshmallow treat. (Served alongside: Peeps!)