A young food critic in a small town with no food options meets a hotheaded NYC master chef and the two form an unlikely friendship. Read more
This project was successfully funded on September 14, 2012.
About this project
**(Please Note: We just changed our incentive tiers -- $500 will now additionally receive a "Special Thanks" credit plus a private screening, Q&A and catered reception with the director)
“Acquired Taste” is the story of Nicholas Kessler, a fifteen year old aspiring food critic who lives in Sudbury, a very small town with no food options. One day, Nicholas unexpectedly meets Jameson Gellar, a brash and abrasive New York City master chef who has arrived in Sudbury. Gellar has fled NYC after his latest tasting menu was torn apart by critics. Having taken over a restaurant space to prepare a new menu in peace, Gellar is forced to deal with Nicholas and his constant requests for an interview. Despite his best efforts to shun Nicholas, Gellar finds his defenses being worn down and a very unlikely friendship developing between them.
Where we're at
“Acquired Taste” has now locked picture and commenced the next stages of post-production. I'm incredibly proud of what we've accomplished on the film so far and we now need your help to complete it. The money you donate will be put towards visual effects, music, color timing, sound design, a 5.1 mix, layback, festival submissions, website design and additional music licensing.
Our Post-Production Crew
Here are some of the terrific people signed on for "Acquired Taste"
H. Scott Salinas is an accomplished composer who recently contributed music to HBO's The Newsroom. He has a long list of credits to his name in feature films, television and commercials. Listen to some of his previous scores at www.salinasmusic.com
Trent Smith and Matt Collorafice are veterans in the field of visual effects. Credits include such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and 2012 and such television shows as Charlie's Angels and Breaking Bad. www.shutterpunch.com
David Wolowic is an experienced sound editor has worked on Oscar winning sound crews for such directors as Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood. Recent credits include Ang Lee's upcoming Life of Pi. www.imdb.com/name/nm0938665
I grew up in a town of 3,500 people with no traffic lights or cell service. From a culinary perspective, I endured a rather literal feast or famine situation. I had The Mayflower Inn, the fanciest hotel/restaurant in Connecticut in my town alongside the Washington Pizza Parlor, an establishment few would mistake for fine dining. Having had the good fortune to travel at a young age, I was keenly aware of the culinary world that lay outside the boundaries of my town. These experiences, particularly juxtaposed with the day-to-day reality of rural Connecticut dining, kept food ever at the forefront of my mind.
In addition to my love of food, I was fascinated by movies from a very young age. When I was ten years old, I wrote and published a movie review magazine that I sold and distributed around my county. Not many people read it, but a couple of people did. One of these people was a figure from the outside world who went on to become very influential in my life. In fact, my decision to pursue a career in film was in large part due to this relationship. Although Nicholas Kessler is very different from me, I related tremendously to his experiences.
The journey of “Acquired Taste” has been the most challenging and rewarding of my life. I began writing this film over two years ago with my friend and colleague, Nicolas Charles, and now have an assembled film of which I am enormously proud.
I had the great fortune to shoot “Acquired Taste” in my hometown of Washington, Connecticut and the surrounding area. Having grown up there, I was able to draw on resources within the local community and gain access to some spectacular locations for little to no cost. I was overwhelmed by the generosity, assistance, and support provided by the people of my town.
We cast the film out of New York City and were incredibly fortunate to find two extremely gifted actors, Luke Rosen and Richard Mover, who were able to bring Nick and Gellar to life. I also managed to assemble a crew of very talented people, all of whom have believed in this project from the start.
“Acquired Taste” was a long, demanding shoot with some very complicated sequences shot under very challenging circumstances (the extreme humidity of a Connecticut June being the least of them). The dedication of my cast and crew impressed me every step of the way. The film, including reshoots, was shot over several periods on both the East and West Coasts.
Each time I watch the final cut I am thrilled, knowing how the film is going to look once my post-production team can finish their work. Now it's just a matter of money that stands in the way of this happening. I hope you will consider being a part of what I know will be a very special film when it's finally completed.
A Ruchman/Charles Production
A David Ruchman Film
Starring Luke Rosen and Richard Mover
Casting by Lindsey Roberts and Moe Bertran
Director of Photography Hilarion Banks
Edited by Meridith Sommers
Written by David Ruchman and Nicolas Charles
Produced by David Ruchman and Nicolas Charles
Directed by David Ruchman
Running Time: 32 Minutes
Still Photography by Alexandra Pape
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Pledge $5 or more
(Urbanspoon Recommended Donor) A personalized "Thank You" letter to you, the giver, with a selection of recipes inspired by "Acquired Taste".Estimated delivery:
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(Yelp 4 Star Donor) Updates on the film's progress plus access to an exclusive behind-the-scenes production still gallery.Estimated delivery:
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(Yelp 4/12 Star Donor)
Above benefits plus access to a digital stream of the movie upon completion.Estimated delivery:
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(Yelp 5 Star Donor) Above benefits plus access to a digital download of the score upon completion.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
(Time Out Recommended Donor) Above benefits plus DVD copy of the movie after distribution and an official “Acquired Taste” notepad and pen, so you can be a food critic just like Nicholas.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
(Zagat Rated Donor) Above benefits plus a "Thank You" credit in the film. You will be invited to a reception with the cast and crew after a screening.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
(Food & Wine's Best New Donor) All of the above plus an official “Acquired Taste” chef's apron.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
(Michelin Rising Star) You will be invited to an exclusive dinner prepared by a top chef with a menu inspired by the film. (Will be held in the New York City and/or Los Angeles area) "Special Thanks" in the credits. You will have a private screening, Q&A and catered reception with the director. All the benefits of the above levels (excluding credits).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,500 or more
(1 Michelin Star Donor) Associate Producer credit. All the benefits of the above levels (excluding credits).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5,000 or more
(2 Michelin Star Donor) Executive Producer credit. You will receive two tickets to a festival of your choice to represent the film with the director and producer. All the benefits of the above levels (excluding credits).Estimated delivery:
(3 Michelin Star Donor) Executive Producer credit. A top chef will come to your house and prepare a private meal with you and the director. All the benefits of the above levels (excluding credits).Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)