SundanceNow Doc Club, the ad-free boutique SVOD service dedicated to documentaries, persuaded world traveller foodie Anthony Bourdain, whose Emmy and Peabody-winning “Parts Unknown” returns for its 6th season on Sunday September 27, to guest-curate “The Anthony Bourdain Collection.” The collection is available to stream now at DocClub.com.
The eight films in the Bourdain collection are below:
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (2011)
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a quiet yet enthralling documentary from David Gelb that chronicles the life of Jiro Ono, the most famous sushi chef in Tokyo. For most of his 85 years, Jiro has been perfecting the art of making sushi. He works from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mold and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation. Although his restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro only seats ten diners, it is a phenomenon in Tokyo that has won the prestigious 3-Star Michelin review, making him the oldest Michelin chef alive. JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI chronicles Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and as a loving yet complicated father of two.
LE CIRQUE: A TABLE IN HEAVEN (2007)
In 2005, New York’s famed restaurateur, Sirio Maccioni, closed Le Cirque, destination dining for the rich, famous and powerful. During 2006, Maccioni and his three sons decide to open a new Le Cirque, but they take four months longer and spend $4 million more than planned. Andrew Rossi’s film follows this process, the new restaurant’s opening, and the emotional impact of two New York Times reviews on Maccioni and his sons. Can they reclaim their throne? Prepare yourself for a culinary roller coaster ride.
MATTER OF TASTE: SERVING UP PAUL LIEBRANDT
Paul Liebrandt is one of the most talented and controversial chefs in the food world, who at 24 became the youngest chef to receive three stars from the New York Times. Sally Rowe’s Emmy-nominated documentary reveals the creative process, the extreme hard work, long hours, and dedication it takes to be a culinary artist and achieve success in the cutthroat world of haute cuisine. Featuring appearances by famed restaurateurs including Drew Nieporent, Daniel Bouloud, and more.
NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF OZPLOITATION! (2008)
NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD is Mark Hartley’s wild, wonderful, untold story of “OZPLOITATION” films. It irreverently documents an era when Australian cinema got its gear off and showed the world a full-frontal explosion of sex, violence, horror and foot-to-the-floor, full bore action!
PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES (2011)
Through the years, the fly-on-the-wall documentary has taken us on the presidential campaign trail, into the foxholes of war and behind the curtain with performers. In the spirit of that tradition, Andrew Rossi’s PAGE ONE goes inside the newsroom at The New York Times during one of the most tumultuous eras for journalism since the printing press was invented to reveal a disarmingly candid portrait of the paper of record. Over the course of a year when WikiLeaks and Twitter emerged as household names and publications like the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Washington Post either folded or significantly reduced their operations, director Andrew Rossi gains unprecedented access to the country’s preeminent news factory. Can the foot soldiers of this bastion of old media keep up with the fire hose of information that is the world wide web?
STOP MAKING SENSE (1999)
STOP MAKING SENSE was the first feature-length documentary effort of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. The director’s subject is The Talking Heads, a new-wave/pop-rock group comprised of David Byrne, Chris Franz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. The film was made during a three-day concert gig at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. What emerges on screen says as much about director Demme’s taste and sensitivity as it does about the group and its visionary leader Byrne. The group’s energy is such that it virtually explodes from the screen.
THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER (2002)
Featuring previously unseen footage, de-classified documents, and revealing interviews with Kissinger supporters (Alexander Haig, Brent Scowcroft, and William Safire) as well as his detractors (Seymour Hersh, William Shawcross, and Christopher Hitchens), Eugene Jarecki’s THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER explores how a young boy who fled Nazi Germany grew up to become one of the most powerful and controversial figures in U.S. history.
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN (2010)
William Burroughs was one of the first to cross the dangerous boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950s, and write about his experiences. Eventually he was hailed the godfather of the beat generation and influenced artists for generations to come. However, his friends were left wondering, did William ever find happiness? This extremely personal documentary from Leyser Yony breaks the surface of the troubled and brilliant world of one of the greatest authors of all time.