Montreal Smoked Meat: The Film

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      René Beauregard on

      Très intéressant de parler d'un art culinaire qui représente bien Montréal et sa culture. i like the way we can grade the prices that you offer with are donation.
      Bravo

    2. Jon Simon on

      It looks very tasty.

      I will be going to the McCord on Wednesday and if I learn something else that I think could be helpful I'll post it here. Otherwise, I am in. I already learned there were many more places that made their own smoked meat.

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      Vivianne Vella on

      Génial ton "menu" de récompenses pour les commanditaires !
      Y'a quelques fautes de syntaxes, mais je suis sure que c'est parce que tu ne t'es pas relu comme il faut. Ou si tu veux, je peux te les signaler...
      Je n'ai pas vraiment d'autres suggestions de choses à rajouter. Moi j'ai déjà envie de "pledge" :-)

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Montreal Smoked Meat: The Film

Everything you ever wanted to know about Montreal Smoked Meat but were afraid to ask.

Montreal Smoked Meat: The Film

Everything you ever wanted to know about Montreal Smoked Meat but were afraid to ask.

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About

J’ai filmé il y a quelque temps une dégustation à l’aveugle du fameux Smoked Meat de Montréal avec Sarah Musgrave, Bill Brownstein, Jeremy Hechtman, Sonali Karnik et Ethan Wills, histoire de découvrir et faire connaitre les différentes variétés de viande fumée disponibles à Montréal. Je croyais avoir perdu le film suite à une panne de disque dur mais j’ai récemment redécouvert la vidéo en explorant une sauvegarde et j’ai décidé à ce moment-là que le projet devait être achevé! Tout le monde doit savoir que la viande fumée à Montréal c’est beaucoup plus que Chez Schwartz.

I filmed a blind Montreal Smoked Meat tasting with Sarah Musgrave, Bill Brownstein, Jeremy Hechtman, Sonali Karnik, and Ethan Wills, so as to show the many different smoked meats there are here. I thought I had lost the footage due to a hard drive crash. But I recently came across it on a backup, and decided that the project should be completed. Everyone needs to know that Montreal Smoked Meat is more than Schwartz's.

Abie's Smoked Meat Sandwich
Abie's Smoked Meat Sandwich

Je vais donc interviewer tous les fournisseurs et producteurs de Montréal et vous présenter leur viande fumée. La fantastique, la bonne, la mauvaise et la juste correct. La shootée, la séchée, l’artisanale et l’industrielle. La rose flash, la plus sage et invitante magenta/rouge et la presque brune. L’épicée, la traditionnelle, la tranchée à la main, la tranchée à la machine, la mince, la médium et la grasse (mioum)!

So I am going to interview all the Smoked Meat providers in Montreal. The great, the good, the bad, the indifferent. The pumped, the dry cured, the artisanally made and the industrially made. The bright neon pink, the more subdued magenta/red, the almost brown. The spicy, the old fashioned, hand sliced, machine sliced, lean, medium and fat.

Snowdon Deli Smoked Meat Sandwich
Snowdon Deli Smoked Meat Sandwich

Je vais aussi interviewer Zev Moses, le fondateur et directeur exécutif du Musée du Montréal juif et Céline Widmer, curatrice de l’exposition sur Ben's Delicatessen au Musée McCord avec également Hy Diamond (ancien propriétaire de chez Schwartz's), Saul Ettinger (fondateur des restaurants Ettinger's et Brisket's) ainsi que tous les autres experts de la viande fumée que je pourrai trouver.

I am going to interview Zev Moses, the Founder and Executive Director of the Museum of Jewish Montreal and Céline Widmer, curator of the Ben's Delicatessen exhibit at the McCord Museum, along with Hy Diamond (former owner of Schwartz's), Saul Ettinger (who opened Ettinger's and Brisket's) along with any other smoked meat experts in Montreal that I can find.

Jarry Smoked Meat Sign
Jarry Smoked Meat Sign

 J’aimerais éventuellement organiser et filmer une autre dégustation à l’aveugle avec d’autres participants, qui restent à confirmer.

I'll probably also organize and film another blind Montreal Smoked Meat tasting as well. Participants TBD.

Quand tous les intervenants auront été interviewés et toutes les images prises, j’en ferai un montage d’une qualité artistique exceptionnelle qui en retour devrait donner un documentaire qui plaira à tous et qui ne vous laissera certainement pas sur votre appétit, bien que vous risquez d’être affamé après le visionnement!

Once everything and everyone has been filmed, I'll masterfully and artfully edit everything together to turn it into a documentary film that everyone will enjoy. And will make everyone ravenous.

Quebec Smoked Meat
Quebec Smoked Meat

Deux films et une comédie musicale ont été produits sur Schwartz's, un film sur The Main. Et on compte maintenant une exposition muséale sur Ben's. Mais la viande fumée à Montreal Smoked Meat c’est beaucoup plus que ces trois delicatessens. Ce film veut mettre en vedette et vous faire découvrir toutes les variétés et les styles de Smoked Meat que Montréal a à offrir.

There have been two films and a musical made about Schwartz's, one film made about The Main. And one museum exhibition on Ben's. But Montreal Smoked Meat is much much more than just those three delicatessens. This film will showcase all the different varieties and styles that are Montreal Smoked Meat.

Ben's Delicatessen Sandwich at the McCord Museum
Ben's Delicatessen Sandwich at the McCord Museum

Il s'agit d'un projet complètement DYI et indépendant. Parce que je suis le producteur, réalisateur, auteur, directeur de la photographie, monteur, ingénieur du son et bruiteur et que je suis responsable de tous les aspects, du juridique au transport, les dépenses seront maintenues à un minimum. Les frais les plus importants étant ma passe d’autobus et les sandwichs de smoked meat! Je possède déjà tout l’équipement et les logiciels nécessaires. De plus, en ayant un contrôle total sur la chaîne de production, l’atteinte de mon objectif, c’est à-dire la réalisation de ce film, en est d’autant plus satisfaisante.

This is a completely DIY project. Because I am the producer, director, writer, cinematographer, editor, sound engineer and everything else from legal to transport, to Foley artist, I can afford to make this film for not an awful lot of cash. Basically, I need some bus-fare, and the ability to buy some Montreal Smoked Meat sandwiches. I already have all the equipment, and software necessary. Plus it is way more empowering achieving a goal, than not.

Risks and challenges

J’ai de nombreux courts métrages à mon actif, mais je n'ai jamais produit de long métrage (pour le moment!). Autre la quantité de temps à investir dans la production, je ne pense pas que les deux soient très différents, et je crois que mon expérience me permettra de mener le projet à bien. Je n'ai pas encore abordé tous les gens que je veux interviewer et j’ignore donc s’ils seront tous d’accord pour passer devant ma caméra! Mais je suis certain que la majorité acceptera.

De plus, étant donné que je suis sur le point de modifier mon alimentation considérablement, et d’augmenter ma consommation de viande fumée de manière significative, il y a une forte (et très réelle) possibilité que mon taux de cholestérol augmente et/ou que je développe une maladie cardiaque. Dans les deux cas, il serait difficile, sinon impossible de terminer le film à temps.

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While I have made numerous short films, I have never made a feature length film. I don't think it will be that much different, just longer. I haven't approached everyone that I want to interview, so I don't know if everyone will agree to be on camera, but I am certain that the majority will agree.

Then, given that I am about to proceed to alter my diet considerably, and increase my consumption of Montreal Smoked Meat significantly, there is a very real possibility that my cholesterol increases and/or I get heart disease. Both of which would make it difficult, if not impossible to complete the film on time.

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    JE VOUS PAIE LA TRAITE / LET'S GO EAT

    Je vous offre un Smoked Meat à votre delicatessen préféré. Plus votre nom dans les remerciements au générique, les liens pour télécharger le film et les séquences coupées au montage et une invitation à la projection en Première Mondiale à Smoked Meat: The Film.

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    MAÎTRE D’HÔTEL / HEAD WAITER

    Désignez une personne pour faire une apparition dans le film. Vous connaissez la personne qui détient la meilleure recette au monde? Qui en connait plus que quiconque sur l’histoire du Smoked Meat? Ou encore, quelqu’un qui a des anecdotes intéressantes à partager? Je vais parler à plusieurs personnes pour ce tournage, de parler avec une de plus ne pose aucun problème. Encore moins pour rencontrer un mordu de Smoked Meat! J’entrerai en contact avec votre nominé afin de l’interviewer à la caméra. Inclus également les liens pour télécharger le film et les séquences coupées au montage et une invitation à la projection en Première Mondiale.

    Nominate someone to be interviewed in the film. Know someone who has awesome Montreal Smoked Meat stories? Has the best recipe in the world for Montreal Smoked Meat? Knows more about the history of Montreal Smoked Meat than anyone else? I'm going to be talking to a lot of people, one more is no problem, especially if they know their Montreal Smoked Meat. I'll contact them and ask them to be interviewed on camera. Also includes the links to download the film and the outtakes and an invitation to the World Premiere screening.

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    VOUS ÊTES UNE STAR / BE IN THE FILM

    J’organise une dégustation de Smoked Meat à l’aveugle à Montréal pour vous, où vous serez filmé en train d’essayer de choisir quel est votre Smoked Meat préféré parmi un maximum de 24 variétés. Grâce à mes talents artistiques, vous ferez une apparition remarquée dans Smoked Meat: The Film. Inclus également les liens pour télécharger le film et les séquences coupées au montage et une invitation à la projection en Première Mondiale.

    I will arrange a blind Smoked Meat Tasting in Montreal. Then film you as you try to decide between up to 24 different Smoked Meats. Then artfully edit the resulting footage so you are featured in Montreal Smoked Meat: The Film. Also includes the links to download the film and the outtakes and an invitation to the World Premiere screening.

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    TRANCHEUR EN CHEF / HEAD SLICER

    Un restaurant de votre choix sera ajouté au film. Ai-je oublié un endroit? Vous connaissez un spot fantastique pour le Smoked Meat? Je pense avoir bien fait ma recherche, mais je suis prêt à admettre mes fautes… Faites-moi connaitre cet endroit et je l’inclus dans le documentaire. Inclus également les liens pour télécharger le film et les séquences coupées au montage et une invitation à la projection en Première Mondiale.

    Get a restaurant or a deli in the film. Did I miss a place? Know of some awesome Montreal Smoked Meat? I thought I did my research, but I'm willing to own up to my mistakes. Let me know about it and we'll put them in the film. Also includes the links to download the film and the outtakes and an invitation to the World Premiere screening.

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