Nov 9-13, 2017

Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table

WITH GUEST DIRECTOR LESLIE IWERKS

Run Time: 96 mins USA Language: English

Synopsis

Known as the inspirational matriarch of the rambling Brennan family of New Orleans and the force of nature behind first Brennan’s and then Commander’s Palace, Ella Brennan is a household name in the restaurant industry. She is a pioneer of the modern American food movement, who pushed her chefs, including Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, to the forefront, launching the celebrity chef phenomenon.

Leslie Iwerks is an Academy Award and Emmy nominated director whose grandfather, Ub Iwerks, was the original designer and co-creator of Mickey Mouse. Her fascinating documentary details Ella Brennan’s enormous impact, reflecting back to when she was a teenager in 1940’s New Orleans – a time when the food and drink business was in its infancy, generating less than a million dollars a year. Interviews and verite footage with current and former chefs from Commander’s Palace, restaurateurs, peers, family and friends provide past and present glimpses into Ella’s unique life and world. This is the intimate and triumphant story of a groundbreaking American woman, credited by many for pushing Creole dining into the American mainstream and creating a lasting impact on how Americans eat and drink.

Known as the inspirational matriarch of the rambling Brennan family of New Orleans and the force of nature behind first Brennan’s and then Commander’s Palace, Ella Brennan is a household name in the restaurant industry. She is a pioneer of the modern American food movement, who pushed her chefs, including Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, to the forefront, launching the celebrity chef phenomenon.

Leslie Iwerks is an Academy Award and Emmy nominated director whose grandfather, Ub Iwerks, was the original designer and co-creator of Mickey Mouse. Her fascinating documentary details Ella Brennan’s enormous impact, reflecting back to when she was a teenager in 1940’s New Orleans – a time when the food and drink business was in its infancy, generating less than a million dollars a year. Interviews and verite footage with current and former chefs from Commander’s Palace, restaurateurs, peers, family and friends provide past and present glimpses into Ella’s unique life and world. This is the intimate and triumphant story of a groundbreaking American woman, credited by many for pushing Creole dining into the American mainstream and creating a lasting impact on how Americans eat and drink.

Film Details

USA, 2016
DIRECTED BY LESLIE IWERKS
WRITTEN BY LESLIE IWERKS
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY ANTHONY ARENTH, STEVEN PARKER, ANTONIO ROSSI EDITED BY MARK A. CATALENA, LESLIE IWERKS, MO STOEBE
CAST: EMERIL LAGASSE, DANIEL BOULUD, PAUL PRUDHOMME
RUNNING TIME: 96 MINS

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