"Prestige Ingredients" is a short film that will showcase the dynamic current food culture of Paris, France, through a clever, fictional narrative. Alia Shawkat will star as Alia, a young, out-of-work actress who takes a job with Pierre, a chef in Paris. Pierre, played by real-life chef Pierre Jancou, needs the specific talents of an actress to complete an inspired dinner event. Alia becomes immersed in the rich and varied restaurant scene and ends up having to dig deep within herself to deliver what she has promised to Pierre. The concept for Pierre's dinner and Alia's role therein will be the big reveal of the film's climactic scene.
The film's lead actress, Alia Shawkat, may be most well-known for her role as Maeby on "Arrested Development", but she has acted in numerous recent and forthcoming feature films like "Nasty Baby" with Kristen Wiig, "The Final Girls", "Wild Canaries", and many more.
Pierre Jancou is a restauranteur, chef and sommelier with a cult following in Paris. He is responsible for opening The Cremerie, Racines, Vivant Table, Vivant Cave and most recently, Heimat. His first cookbook, La Table Vivante, was released this month. It's beautifully photographed and tells the passionate story of his development in the world of Paris gastronomy.
At this very moment we have our core team, including Alia Shawkat and Pierre Jancou, ready and committed to a week-long shoot on location in Paris, France, in the end of May 2015. Next month.
This is the main reason we need your support. Everything is ready to go; we just need to cover production costs.
"Prestige Ingredients" will be the first film that we, Adrian and Danielle Rubi-Dentzel, are producing entirely ourselves. Over the past four years we have worked on several food-centric television productions in Paris and other parts of France. It all started when producers from Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" found our food and travel blog, thetrailofcrumbs.com, and hired us to help produce an episode about Burgundy and chef Ludo Lefebvre. Since then we've worked on shows like "The Layover", also with Anthony Bourdain, and "Mind of a Chef" with Magnus Nilsson. Through these shoots, our blog, and Adrian's work designing furniture for Paris's bistros and bars, we've cultivated a community of friends made up of the most interesting chefs, sommeliers and restauranteurs in the city. Along with Anthony, Ludo, and Magnus, a few of the chefs we've worked with are Alain Passard, Pascal Barbot, Adeline Grattard, Marc Meneau, Stephane Jego, Yves Camdeborde, and James Henry. "Prestige Ingredients" will be the direct product of the friendships we've made and the skills we've honed managing production teams in the bustling and packed city of Paris.
We also have the French stand up comic, Redouanne Harjane, slated to play a supporting role. He is currently on an extended run of his one man show "The Future Isn't What It Used To Be" at Paris's Grand Point Virgule.
Francois Simon, the elusive and highly-respected food critique and journalist will appear in a critical scene. His character, a journalist, will help to illuminate the motives behind Pierre's dinner, as well as what it takes for Alia to perform.
One of the great friends we've made through our TV production work is our cinematographer, Ethan Mills. Ethan is a true talent and part of the Emmy-winning team behind Mind of a Chef.
Our other cinematographer is Peter Rubi, an award winning filmmaker with an MFA from NYU Film School for film directing. He has shot in all formats from super8 to 70mm, and has also written, produced, and directed projects as varied as IMAX nature documentaries and independent narrative films.
Please help us produce this film. It is truly driven by our passion for the story and the subject matter. The talent involved with this film will guarantee a beautiful and high quality outcome. We are more than happy to answer all questions about this project. If you are unable to donate, please help us by spreading the word!
We are excited to announce a few special gifts in our donations column! Alia Shawkat is also an artist who is donating original works as gifts for 10 supporters, Pierre Jancou will inscribe his book for 10 people that donate, and many more surprises that will keep coming in for our supporters. Our goal amount with this kickstarter will cover the pre-production and production costs, including all cast and crew travel costs, gear rental, and the finest ingredients France has to offer for our food scenes. And maybe a few sandwiches and croissants along the way if our crew is lucky...
NEW REWARD! French walnut hardwood cheese boards handmade by Adrian Rubi-Dentzel!! You will receive a unique, signed and numbered cheeseboard. It will be sculpted in the same faceted style as the woodwork Adrian has done for Paris restaurants Vivant Table, Le 6 Paul Bert, Candelaria, Glass, Hero, Verjus, and Bones. Approximate size, 7 in. (18cm) x 10 in. (25cm) Each one slightly different. Will ship by November 2015 for any early holiday gift shoppers out there. Limited to 20 boards!
To follow our production diary, we invite you to visit our Trail of Crumbs Productions tumblr site here.
Risks and challenges
We are well aware of all the variables a city like Paris can throw at a production team. We are prepared to be ready for the unpredictable. We have had to come up with last minute solutions time and time again.
We have a huge roster of talented crew members who are enthusiastic and waiting in the wings for this to take off. Anything we can't handle, we have a phone number for someone who can.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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