Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent


Sequoia 1 Sun, Oct 9, 2016 8:15 PM
Century Larkspur 2 Tue, Oct 11, 2016 5:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Focus: Culinary Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:103 min.
Director:Lydia Tenaglia
Producer:Susan Porretta
Cinematographer:Morgan Fallon
Editor:Eric Lasby
Cast:Martha Stewart
Anthony Bourdain
Mario Batali
Print Source:The Orchard
Note Writer:Sterling Hedgpeth


FOCUS: CULINARY CINEMA Was visionary chef Jeremiah Tower’s name a sign of destiny, or mere prescience? Because this father of California cuisine has a legacy that looms over the culinary landscape, as told in this savory documentary. Featuring wonderful archival footage and a who’s who of household names in all things gastronomic, Lydia Tenaglia’s delicious cinematic treat examines Tower’s early days at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, his creation of San Francisco’s revolutionary Stars restaurant—and then his sudden prolonged period of self-exile.  But like peeling an onion, we slowly learn more about his contradictions—the generous control freak, the elusive social dandy—and his overriding passion: Not only to serve great food, but also to create a universe of experience around a simple dinner plate. As Anthony Bourdain observes, “We should know who changed the world. We should know their names.” And this film does exactly that, in the most mouthwatering way possible. Bon appétit!

Guests in attendance 10/9: Lydia Tenaglia (director), Jeremiah Tower (subject)

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Additional Information

Lydia Tenaglia is co-founder and executive producer of Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. (ZPZ), creators of the EMMY® Award and Peabody Award-winning series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN); the EMMY® Award-winning The Mind of a Chef (PBS); and EMMY®-nominated The Hunt with John Walsh (CNN). Tenaglia is a graduate of Smith College, B.A., with an M.F.A from New York University Tisch and resides in New York City with her husband and Zero Point Zero co-founder Chris Collins, and their two kids, Neko and Milo. Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent is Lydia’s second documentary film.