Synopsis & Film Details
Fresno Filmworks presents the American independent documentary “City of Gold,” a love letter to the transformative power of food and food culture. The movie follows Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold as he explores his beloved city of Los Angeles. Long adored for his writing about Southern California’s hidden culinary treasures, Gold reviews small, family-owned restaurants in far-flung ethnic enclaves with as much passion as the haute cuisine establishments of Beverly Hills. With a stroke of his pen, he has changed the lives of countless immigrant chefs, newly discovered by voracious foodies who avidly track his reviews. Through his Odyssey-like quests for new food experiences, Gold’s style of criticism offers a rare opportunity to discover the true L.A. through the eyes of its foremost cultural journalist.
Director: Laura Gabbert
Distributor: IFC Films
USA • 91 minutes • Rated R
After the 5:30 screening, join visiting filmmaker Laura Gabbert to talk about the movie. Both director and producer of “City of Gold,” Gabbert has also directed the critically acclaimed films “No Impact Man” and “Sunset Street,” among others, and her work uses humor and drama to put a human face on such difficult social issues as aging, the environment, and the impact of AIDS. About her latest film, Gabbert says: “‘City of Gold’ is about finding connection and meaning in our cities. Food can be a means to civic engagement, revelation, and even enlightenment, in Los Angeles or wherever you live.” She holds an MFA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.