James Beard: America’s First Foodie, interview with director, Beth Federici, and co-producer, Kathleen Squires

Beth & Kathleen with Wolfgang PuckComing to your television May 19 at 9 pm on PBS, I got to chat in advance with director Beth Federici, joined by Kathleen Squires, co-producer, about James Beard: America’s First Foodie. This is another film playing at the Sonoma International Film Festival 2017.

About the film:

“‘America’s First Foodie’ is a feature length documentary about, James Beard. Beard, the man  the New York Times dubbed the “Dean of American Cookery,” Beard was a Portland native who loved and regaled the bounty of the Pacific Northwest long before it would become hip to do so. He spoke of the importance of localism and sustainability long before those terms had entered the vernacular. At a time of ‘all things French,’ Beard appreciated what America had to bring to the table.”

About the director:

Beth Federici is an award winning documentary filmmaker and television producer. Most recently she co-directed and produced the feature documentary ‘Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm’, and was awarded a 2010 Cine Golden Eagle Award. Her credits also include the documentary ‘Neither Here Nor There’ (co-director/producer/editor) which was awarded the “Best of the Heartland” award at the Kansas City Film Festival and was broadcast on Missouri PBS as well as the award winning concert film ‘Bauhaus Gotham’.”

For more information on the film, visit the Official Website. They are also on Facebook. You can also find out more about Beth Federici at Federici Films.

Here is the interview followed by the film’s trailer. Original air date: 3/28/17

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