Chicago premiere! Jack C. Newell in person! Film Series : Stranger Than Fiction 2018

42 Grams

2017, Jack C. Newell, USA, 82 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 27th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 28th 5:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 31st 8:00pm
  • Thu, Feb 1st 6:00pm

Chicago chef Jake Bickelhaupt’s pursuit of two Michelin stars as the fulfillment of his take on the American dream is chronicled in this intimate documentary tracing the rise and demise of 42 Grams, the chef’s much-lauded restaurant. This refined temple of haute cuisine, located for a time in a repurposed fast-food joint in Chicago’s seedy Uptown neighborhood, grew out of an elite supper club that Bickelhaupt and his then-wife Alexa hosted in their small apartment, serving fifteen-course dinners to small groups of guests. Director Newell follows the trajectory of the dream, as hope, ambition, and success are newly seasoned with discord for an unexpected recipe for the future. DCP digital. (BS)

Director Jack C. Newell is scheduled to appear for audience discussion at all screenings, along with documentary subject Alexa Welsh.

On Sunday, January 28, Trevor Albert will moderate the discussion. Trevor Albert is the producer of the documentary GLEN CAMPBELL: I'LL BE ME and GROUNDHOG DAY and is the Chair of the Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City.

On Saturday, January 27, Alex Kopecky will moderate the discussion. Alex Kopecky is Vice President of Chicago-based distributor Olive Films. He was the documentary programmer at the Chicago International Film Festival from 2012-2014.

On Thursday, Feburary 1, film editor David Burkart will also be present. Mike Sula will moderate the discussion. Mike Sula is the Chicago Reader's lead restaurant critic and has been a contributor there since 1995. He’s also written about politics, crime, film, health care, and paleontology, and profiled a rainbow of urban eccentrics. His work has been published in in Harper's, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, NPR's The Salt, Plate, Eater, and Dill. His story about outlaw charcuterie appeared in Best Food Writing 2010, and his story "Chicken of the Trees," about eating city squirrels, won the James Beard Foundation's 2013 M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. He is also an editor at Kitchen Toke, the magazine of culinary cannabis.

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