SXSW Film

Daily reviews and interviews

SXSW Film

A Matter of Taste

Documentary Feature Competition
D: Sally Rowe; with Paul Liebrandt, Frank Bruni

As documentaries go, this one doesn't bear much in the way of dramatic tension as it follows visionary chef Paul Liebrandt on his search for the right culinary context in which to realize his considerable potential. In fact, situating former New York Times food critic Frank Bruni as the central villain feels a bit forced. But what is interesting to watch are the interpersonal exchanges: Liebrandt's vulnerability and humility at home with his goofy girlfriend and tiny dog; the loyalty and admiration he inspires in his kitchen staff as he berates, harangues, teases, and mentors them; the quiet faith his business partner, restaurateur Drew Nieporent, has in Liebrandt's ability to succeed. It's a fascinating look at the various textures of a chef's job and how what comes out of his kitchen becomes part of his persona and reputation, from developing menus to managing the kitchen to overseeing the precise placement of garnish on a plate (with tweezers!).


Friday, March 18, 2:30pm, Vimeo

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners

Monica Riese, Jan. 30, 2014

Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
The comedian and showrunner will speak March 9

Monica Riese, Jan. 21, 2014

More by Melanie Haupt
How One Man Started the Local Mesquite Movement
How One Man Started the Local Mesquite Movement
A baking challenge led Sandeep Gyawali to this little-known flour

Aug. 3, 2018

Hank’s
Restaurant Review: Hank's
Windsor Park’s latest destination is hit or miss

July 20, 2018

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2018

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle