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Hiro’s Table

HIRO'S TABLE is a documentary portrait of master chef Hiroji Obayashi and his wife Yasuyo over a sixteen-year year span as they managed the day to day operation of their intimate Mom and Pop restaurant, Hirozen Gourmet, nestled in the unlikely corner of a West Hollywood strip mall.

The film is a tribute to the subtleties of Hiro's unique culinary vision and the perseverance it took for his family to transition from immigrant business owners to established restauranteurs with all the the joys and sorrows that entailed.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 1, 2019

Press Inquiries: lynn@lightheartedfilms.com

Hiro’s Table documentary feature, winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary Film at the Golden State Film Festival 2019 and the winner of the Best Documentary Feature Film at the Taste Awards in Los Angeles, will screen in Denton, TX at the Thin Line Film Festival in April. Please see dates below!

DGA Award-Winning Director, Lynn Hamrick, serves up an intimate portrait of Master Chef, Hiro Obayashi, in Hiro’s Table, a feature-length documentary that made its World Premiere at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival on October 19, winning 2018 SFIFF Award Best New Mexico Documentary. Hiro’s Table follows Master Chef Hiroji Obayashi and his wife Yasuyo over a 16—year period as they manage their mom-and-pop restaurant, Hirozen Gourmet, which is nestled in an unlikely corner of a West Hollywood strip mall. The film is an exploration of the subtleties of Hiro’s unique culinary vision and the perseverance it took for his family to transition from immigrant business owners to established L.A. restauranteurs. Director, Lynn Hamrick, a longtime native of Taos, New Mexico, returns to documentary filmmaking for the first time since her critically acclaimed PBS doc Chess Kids. By chance Hiro’s Table began filming on September 11, 2001—when the United States changed forever—and Hamrick spent the next 16 years returning to the restaurant to capture the Obayashis’ inspiring and touching story as it unfolded. In addition to its World Premiere at the Santa Fe Independent FIlm Festival, Hiro’s Table also played at the 2018 Portland Film Festival, the Napa Valley Film Festival and many others. See the list below in the laurels section. To interview director, Lynn Hamrick or request a review copy of the film, email lynn@lightheartedfilms.com

Upcoming Screenings

DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon

DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon

Festival Dates: April 10 - 14, 2019

Screening -
March 16, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM
Venue: TBA

Information:
disorientfilm.org/

Thin Line Film Festival 20189 Laurels

Thin Line Film Festival      

Festival Dates: Dates - April 10 - 14, 2019

Screening -
Dates - TBA
Time: TBA
Venue: TBA

Tickets:
Information

 

The 1st annual Boston International Food Film Festival Laurels

Boston International Food Film Festival
Dates - Begins September, 2019

September, 2019
Time: TBA
Venue: TBA

Information:
foodfilm.org

 

WRPN Women's International Film Festival Laurels

WRPN Women's International Film Festival  

Festival Dates: Dates - November 4, 2019

Screening -
Dates - November 4, 2019
Time: TBA
Venue: TBA

Information:
www.wwiff.com

Upcoming Screenings

Thin Line Film Festival 20189 Laurels

Thin Line Film Festival      

Festival Dates: Dates - April 10 - 14, 2019

Screening -
Dates - Saturday, April 13
Time: 11:30AM
Venue: Alamo Drafthouse
Dates - Sunday, April 14
Time: 12:00PM
Venue: Alamo Drafthouse
Tickets:
Information

 

The 1st annual Boston International Food Film Festival Laurels

Boston International Food Film Festival
Dates - September, 2019

September, 2019
Time: TBA
Venue: TBA

Information:
foodfilm.org

 

American Asian Latino Film Festival Laurels

The American Asian Latino Film Festival
Dates - May 17th - May 23rd, 2019


Time: See website
Venue: See website

Information:
aalfilmfestival.com

 

 

 

 

 

The WRPN Women's International Film Festival Laurels

WRPN Women's International Film Festival  

Festival Dates: Dates - November 4, 2019

Screening -
Dates - November 4, 2019
Time: TBA
Venue: TBA

Information:
www.wwiff.com

Awards

The Taste Awards Laurels

The Taste Awards: WINNER - BEST FEATURE-LENGTH FILM OR DOCUMENTARY
Los Angeles


The TASTE AWARDS in Hollywood are the premier awards celebrating the year’s best in Food, Fashion, and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, in Streaming  & Online Video, in Apps, and in Podcasts and on Radio.

Website Listing:
thetasteawards.com
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The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival: WINNER - BEST NEW MEXICO FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILM

Santa Fe


Website Listing:
santafeindependentfilmfestival.com

 

 

 

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Golden State FIlm Festival: WINNER - AUDIENCE AWARD: BEST DOCUMENTARY
Los Angeles

 

 

 

Past Events and Festivals

Portland Film Festival Laurels
Napa Valley Film Festival 2018 Laurels
Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival 2019 Laurels

Past Events and Festivals

Golden State Film Festival Laurels
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