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‘Cuban Food Stories’ Highlights the Country’s Culinary Treasures and the People Who Make Them

'Cuban Food Stories' Highlights the Country's Culinary Treasures and the People Who Make Them

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Cuban Food Stories

Logline: “Cuban Food Stories” is the first feature length documentary about food, society, and culture on the island of Cuba. A unique world of flavors and breathtaking locations like you have never seen before.

Elevator Pitch: 
Over the course of 45 days, we went on a road-trip adventure all around the island to discover the authentic Cuban cuisine. We had unprecedented access to regions that are so remote that you can only get there by raft, horseback, or swimming. Our journey took us through every province in Cuba, where we found twelve unique stories. A street vendor that lives from carnival to carnival, a nuclear physicist turned fisherman, a tobacco farmer and his family, a boutique hostel owner in Trinidad, a coffee plantation owner who is only 12 years old, a coconut farmer that composes boleros…

Production Team:
Asori Soto – Director / Producer
Asori is a Producer/Director with a true passion for travel and films. He began his career as an active founder of the Cuban Indie Film Movement producing and directing two independent feature films. Asori later moved to Los Angeles where he produced everything from low-budget to multi-million dollar commercial campaigns for clients such as Airbnb, Toyota VW, Coors, Verizon, T-Mobile, Heinz or AT&T. Asori is currently focused on creating compelling long and short form documentary projects in the United States and abroad. He lives and works in New York City.

Joey Carey – Producing Partner
Joey is a Producer/Director and founding partner of Sundial Pictures. He has worked on a variety of narrative and documentary films including “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” “Welcome to Leith,” “Obvious Child” and “Pariah.” Sundial Pictures has shown films at festivals including Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. Upcoming releases include “Jack of the Red Hearts” and “The Seventh Fire.” His latest production credits include the feature film “Youth In Oregon” and the documentary “The Organizer.” He lives and works in New York City.

Gilliam de la Torre – Director of Photography
Gigi is a Director of Photography who studied cinematography at the Art Institute ISA in Havana and completed most of the cinematography workshops in EICTV International Film School San Antonio de los Baños. With a photography background, she has worked as still photographer for feature films and publicity, as photographer for theater magazines and as cinematographer for short films, music videos, and mostly for documentaries. Her passion is traveling around the world documenting places, people and animals in a poetic mixture of sounds and images. Originally from Havana, she lives and works in New York City (for now).

About the Film:
Cuba, in many ways, is like a white canvas compared to most developing countries. There are no big franchises like McDonald’s, Starbucks, or Walmart. While most of the food being cultivated in Cuba is still organic, it’s not by conscious choice, just by default. Monsanto and big agriculture have not yet made their way onto the island. As Cuba continues to open up to the world and more international companies set up shop on the island, its valuable traditions may be lost. With our film, we will create positive awareness around the value of Cuba’s delicious and unknown culinary heritage!

Current Status: Fundraising for post-production.

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