JOIN THE ADVENTURE!
Come all chefs, foodies, native New Yorkers and hungry tourists! A film only comes alive when people create dialogue around it. Everybody has their unique philosophies about food, strong recommendations of NYC restaurants or heartwarming stories about how the city has changed (for better or worse). And through our KICKSTARTER, FACEBOOK, TWITTER & INSTAGRAM accounts, we hope you can share your culinary & New York love with us, both before and well-after the film is made!
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
Hello, I'm writer/director Justin Ambrosino and I'm making my first feature film, something I only dreamed about when I first picked up a camera. But I grew up in the restaurant business, working at my father’s restaurant in Brooklyn. I saw everything from young lovers proposing over spaghetti alle vongole to seasoned lovers cheating over ricotta cheesecake. I even saw someone get beat with a wooden pepper grinder!
Food was always central to the stories I’d see and hear and soon it became a personal passion of mine. Then, came other factors such as health, weight, and body image issues. My family and I have battled diabetes, heart attacks, weight gain and loss, but still we can’t shake our love of all things food related. When we wake up, we talk about breakfast, with breakfast, we talk about lunch, during lunch, it’s all about the dinner, and at dinner - well, it's "what are we gonna eat tomorrow?!" Does it sound like your family? Yes? No? Well, we love food. I love food. And each of us has our own delicious love affair.
And that's exactly what I'm trying to say. I'm not interested in preaching life lessons about food consumption, nor do I judge my characters on how they behave, instead I aim to show a different side of the food/health issue by exploring what it means to have a true passion for eating... and life. Ultimately, I believe living life to the fullest is what makes you beautiful and we all need that special someone who let’s us be ourselves!
Giovanni and Priscilla couldn’t be more different: Priscilla is struggling to publish her first book, after receiving a philosophy Ph. D., and Giovanni is a pastry delivery driver with dreams of traveling America on a food crawl. And each have faced their fair share of hardships: the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, overwhelming student debt… but when they meet for the first time they realize they also share a mutual passion for food.
And that’s when their unexpected journey begins. On a whim, they decide to go on an all-night, five-borough dining adventure together. Determined to leave all their personal struggles behind, and enjoy themselves once and for all, they explore cultural neighborhoods, meet unique characters and eat dishes to die for. But along the way, they realize they can’t escape their problems and must face them head-on. So, as they begin to peel back the onion of their lives, they ultimately find out who they really are.
JUSTIN AMBROSINO (Writer/Director) graduated from the American Film Institute where he received the prestigious Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell Scholarship. His short, "The 8th Samurai", won more than 20 jury awards worldwide and qualified for the Academy Awards Shorts Category. Previously, Ambrosino was an assistant on numerous films such as "The Departed", "Lord of War" and "The Producers", as well as a Sapporo Artist-in-Residence, Kyoto Filmmaker's Lab Fellow and a shadow director on "Law & Order: SVU". Currently, Ambrosino is working on his feature debut "Hungry for Love".
SOOJIN CHUNG (Producer) produced "Escape from Tomorrow" which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. The LA Times called it “one of the most provocative movies ever seen” and Variety said, “Its cult status will remain immortal”. "Hungry for Love" will be Soojin's feature film follow-up. Previously, Soojin worked on eight major feature films including Park Chan-Wook’s Venice winner "Lady Vengeance". She also participated in the IFP Trans Atlantic Partners Program, Film Independent Project Involve, Tokyo Talent Campus and the CAAM Fellowship. In 2013, Chung was awarded one of the Best New American Filmmakers by the Vilchek Foundation.
ROMEO SCACCIA (Composer) graduated in piano, film music and composition in Lyon, Budapest and Amsterdam. Beside his successful career as a distinguished pianist, he loves the experience of composing music for film and multimedia projects. With his innovative approach on multi-style composing, he composed the score for "La Grazia" a classic Sardinian silent movie. His theme music has been performed live, with the a 70 piece orchestra, touring most of the capitol cities in Europe, combining a classical symphonic orchestra with a jazz ensemble and Launeddas players.
ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT US!
HUNGRY FOR LOVE is on the SUNDANCE, FILM INDEPENDENT, IFP & FILMMAKER MAGAZINE Kickstarter pages!
ABOUT OUR REWARDS!
$1 THE GRAY'S PAPAYA Updates & Thank You on FB & Twitter!
$10 THE BREAD FIT 5 Milk Cream Breads from Korean bakery "Bread Fit"
$15 THE RUSS & DAUGHTERS E-Restaurant Guide!
$25 THE RANDAZZO'S Private Instagram & BTS Photo Album!
$35 THE GRIMALDI'S Mama Ambrosino's Homemade Cookies!
$50 THE TORTILLERIA NIXTAMAL "Hungry for Love" Movie Download!
$65 THE BUN-KER Compser Romeo Scaccia's Solo Album & Private Screening of HFL!
$75 THE CALACA "The 8th Samurai" DVD signed by Justin Ambrosino!
$75 THE SARAGHINA'S "Escape from Tomorrow" Poster signed by director Randy & Soojin!
$100 THE TAVERNA CYCLADES Skype with the Filmmakers & "EFT" Blu-Ray Signed!
$150 THE POK POK Two Ticket's for Chef Gabriela Àlvarez's Mystic Dinner Event!
$150 THE LAM ZHOU NOODLES Consultation with Chef Gabriela Àlvarez!
$200 THE CITY ISLAND LOBSTER HOUSE Dinner with the Filmmakers!
$250 THE MOMBAR Caricature Art! Our amazing poster artist, Peter Jin will draw you into a work of art.
$250 THE JAKE'S STEAKHOUSE Production Photo Signed by the Actors!
$500 THE PETER LUGER'S Date Night & Cooking Lessons with Chef Gabriela Alvarez!
$750 THE NOBU Be in the Movie!
$1000 THE DANIEL’S Movie Collector's Item!
$5000 THE BROOKLYN FARE Premiere & After-Party Tickets!
$10000 THE PER SE Get an "Associate Producer" credit!
Risks and challenges
This independent film is dependent on YOU! It is becoming increasingly difficult to raise funds for a film about regular people these days (and not to mention, by a first time feature film director). So, we are here on Kickstarter to raise $60,000 for pre-production funds. We'd appreciate any support you can give to help bring this dream project to life. So, please help us make a great New York food film! We can't do it without YOU!
As with any other independent film, there are financial risks involved. It is impossible to predict if the film will make money in distribution. For this reason, we have kept the budget ultra-low and garnered support from institutions like Sundance Alumni, Film Independent Project Involve, IFP Trans Atlantic Partners and CAAM Fellowship because we want to give ourselves the best opportunity to make this a financially viable venture.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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