Sixth annual festival features a smorgasbord of films plus culinary stars.
The Flatirons Food Film Festival continues to attract foodies, film lovers and the intersection of both as it has since 2012. Taking place in several Boulder venues from September 27 through October 1, it comprises nine film programs, an entire short documentary series focused on Colorado and culinary superstar chef Jeremiah Tower as guest speaker.
He is a hugely influential and controversial figure in American gastronomy. He began his career at Chez Panisse, then opened Stars, an iconic San Francisco restaurant, before disappearing from the culinary scene at the height of his success. He re-emerged decades later at New York City’s struggling Tavern on the Green. He was already middle-aged and left after less than a year after failing to revive the famous restaurant and have serious disagreements with the owners. Perhaps he will even tell tales that only he can know. ‘Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent’ is an award-winning film about his life. It will be screened on Sunday, September 30 at 7:15 p.m., followed by an after-party at License No. 1 in the Hotel Boulderado.
Speaking of hugely influential figures, few outshine the legendary James Beard. Beth Federici, the filmmaker and director of “James Beard: America’s First Fooodie,” is also a speaker. Other local and visiting speakers include journalist Corie Brown; chef Frank Bonanno of Denver’s Bonanno Concepts; Dr. Allen Lim of Skratch Labs, and Jorge de la Torre, director of culinary education at Denver’s Johnson and Wales University. Food documentaries, short films and food-oriented classics fill the program. There’s also a kids’ farmers’ market walk. And yes, some feature actual food to eat and beverages to drink. Click here for a complete schedule and admission prices.