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.
Hiro’s Table premiered at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival October 2018 winning Best New Mexico Documentary, and received a Taste Award in 2019 in Los Angeles, the 2019 Audience Award at the Golden State Film Festival in Los Angeles, and Best Documentary at the American Asian Latino Film Festival in NYC May 2019.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Boston International Food Film Festival
Dates - September, 2019
The Taste Awards: WINNER - BEST FEATURE-LENGTH FILM OR DOCUMENTARY
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The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival: WINNER - BEST NEW MEXICO FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILM
Golden State FIlm Festival: WINNER - AUDIENCE AWARD: BEST DOCUMENTARY