Hiro’s Table 2018
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 - November 1, 2018
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Hiro’s Table documentary feature, awarded Best New
Mexico Documentary at the 2018 Santa Fe
Independent Film Festival, will screen in the Napa Valley Film Festival in November.
Please see dates below!
DGA Award-Winning Director, Lynn Hamrick, serves up 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 intimate portrait 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. restaurateurs. DGA-award-winning 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 at 2 p.m. on October 19 at the CCA Main Theatre (1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505), Hiro’s Table also played the festival on October 21 at 2:40 at the CCA Screen.
After its premiere in Santa Fe, Hiro’s Table will screen at the 2018 Portland Film Festival on October 27 at 2 p.m. at Custom Blocks (900-998 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214). After Portland, it will make its California debut at the Napa Valley Film Festival. The film plays Napa at Native Sons Hall (1141 Oak Avenue, St. Helena, CA 94574) on November 8 at 10 a.m. and the Archer Hotel (1230 First Street, Napa, CA 94559) on November 10 at 5:15 p.m.
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