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Emerging Chefs is directing its first documentary film, "Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Emerging Chef Michael Nowak".
Emerging Chefs is directing its first documentary film, "Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Emerging Chef Michael Nowak".
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Cleveland has long since cemented itself as a growing culinary hotspot in the United States. Home to a gritty and authentic band of Emerging Chefs, we are proud to call Cleveland home, and to play our part in showcasing Cleveland’s growing and influential culinary scene. In fact, it’s where we got the name for our company, Emerging Chefs.
 
For our first mission, we have created and produced over 30 pop-up dinner parties, public celebrations and private foodie events — in less than 24-months. It’s been our dream to create provocative culinary performances with the best emerging and established chefs in the region. And we captured everything on film, from the plating to the spectacular transformation of venues as unique as the chefs themselves. We think you’ll agree the results are pretty spectacular. Check out our events films: www.vimeo.com/emergingchefs

Now we are on the road to directing our first documentary film, Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Emerging Chef Michael Nowak. Proud proprietor of Cleveland’s Black Pig (www.theblackpigcleveland.com) in Ohio City, Chef Nowak specializes in French inspired cuisine, featuring locally sourced ingredients and an innovative menu. His entrepreneurial passion flavors every dish with gritty precision and authentic simplicity. 

The story doesn’t end with Chef Nowak. Our goal is for this to be the first in the Rustbelt Rebels: A Day in the Life Series. We have hours of footage. A dedicated film crew, editor, director and crew. We are so close to finishing our film but we need to take care of our “front of the house” to do it. 
This isn’t just about our dream to showcase this gutsy city’s spirit of culinary excellence. This is about a City itself re-emerging, rebelling and reshaping into a movement of newcomers and true blue "Clevelanders," each cooking up positive change from dawn ‘til dusk. 

This is the making of the perfect time capsule in the form of a poignant short documentary. Won’t you support our crew to help us finish this special film? With your support, we can enlist an emerging film editor, complete the film and submit Rustbelt Rebels Vol1 to various film and food festivals later this year. This is your chance to marry two things you love, food and film. This is your shot to play promoter of a great foodie movement, by playing producer of a foodie film — all with a modest donation. 

Hungry yet? Then by all means, dig in to the various donation levels. With your help, we can premier this wonderful film, together — and celebrate with a private screening, featuring an interview with Chef, tastings, pairings and other big fun.

Risks and challenges

The current risk is not being able to finish the editing of the initial film. But with this Kickstarter campaign and the great support of the foodies and culinary fans of Cleveland, we know we can complete post production and editing. With your support, we can release Rustbelt Rebels Vol. 1 by the end of May, allowing Emerging Chefs to secure a unique Cleveland venue to debut this timely documentary.

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    > Special Thank You credits in the documentary.
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    > Assistant Producer Credit for “Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Chef Michael Nowak” documentary.
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    > Associate Producer Credit for “Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Chef Michael Nowak” documentary.
    > Autographed Chef’s Jacket from Chef Michael Nowak. (The Chef’s Jacket is a $50 value)
    > Invitation to the Private Screening of the “Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Chef Michael Nowak”” at a Cleveland area theater.
    > A Limited Edition “Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Chef Michael Nowak”Blu-Ray DVD.
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    > Producer Credit for “Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Chef Michael Nowak” documentary.
    > A “VIP-pass” used by the cast and crew during filming.
    > Autographed Chef’s Jacket from Chef Michael Nowak. (The Chef’s Jacket is a $50 value)
    > Invitation to the Private Screening of “Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Chef Michael Nowak” at a Cleveland area theater.
    > Limited Edition poster for the “Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Chef Michael Nowak”
    > A Limited Edition “Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Chef Michael Nowak” Blu-Ray DVD.
    > Special mentions of the Emerging Chefs Social Media Platforms.
    > Two Tickets to a future Emerging Chefs pop-up restaurant event in the Cleveland and Akron area. (A $150 value)

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    > Executive Producer Credit for “Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Chef Michael Nowak” documentary.
    > A “VIP-pass” used by the cast and crew during filming.
    > Autographed Chef’s Jacket from Chef Michael Nowak. (The Chef’s Jacket is a $50 value)
    > Invitation to the Private Screening of “Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Chef Michael Nowak” at a Cleveland area theater.
    > Limited Edition poster for the “Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Chef Michael Nowak”
    > A Limited Edition “Rustbelt Rebels: The Steel Fired Story of Chef Michael Nowak” Blu-Ray DVD.
    > Inclusion in all PR materials related to the film.
    > Special mentions on the Emerging Chefs Social Media Platforms.
    > Four Tickets to a future Emerging Chefs pop-up restaurant event in the Cleveland and Akron area. (A $300 value)

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