“A real-life Ratatouille” Inspiring Doc CHEF FLYNN Opens Friday, December 7 at AFS Cinema
CHEF FLYNN opens at AFS Cinema on Friday, December 7th. There will be a Skype Q&A with director Cameron Yates and subject Chef Flynn on Sunday at the 3:30 PM show. Tickets are available now!
“I would say that I’m the last person in the world to care about a foodie documentary, but CHEF FLYNN is a documentary about family, talent, and letting go, far more than it is a film about creme brûlée. It’s a film about a really interesting family. The fact that this family was documenting everything from Flynn’s birth is what makes it so incredible. It’s just incredible that this kid knew what he wanted to do from the time he was four years old.” – AFS Lead Film Programmer Lars Nilsen
While many of his peers were still playing with toy cars, Flynn McGarry was creating remarkable gastronomic delights at his home in Studio City, California. Enjoying unwavering support from his mother Meg, an artist who documented every step of his distinctive journey, he devoted himself entirely to his creative passion. Flynn loved to prepare elaborate dinners for friends and family and soon became known as the “Teen Chef,” establishing his own supper club at age 12 and being featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story at age 15. Before he was 16, he had staged in top restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. But critics soon emerged who challenged Flynn’s rapid ascent in the culinary world, threatening to distract him from his dream. Pairing Meg’s exhaustive home videos with intimate vérité footage, director Cameron Yates (THE CANAL STREET MADAM) creates a collage of Flynn’s singular focus and one-of-a-kind childhood. The result is a uniquely comprehensive portrait of a young star’s rise as seen from the inside.
HERE’S WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“Yates’ film gives viewers every reason to believe the hype built up by glossy media profiles over the years — and lets them feel the sting of an online backlash that would get under the skin of even the most dauntless adolescent.” – Variety