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“Michael Phillips’ Daily CIFF Pick: ‘Insatiable'” – Chicago Tribune

“10 Films You Should See at The Chicago International Film Festival” – RedEye Chicago

“Food Shows and Movies Coming to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon in September” – Eater (National Edition)

“Pamela Powell of Reel Honest Reviews SXSW Documentary ‘Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story’” – Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (Review)

“Chef Homaro Cantu’s Life Depicted in Documentary Premiering at Chicago Film Fest” – CBS2 -Chicago

“Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story”- Chicago Reader (Review)

“Chicago International Film Festival 2016: Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story” – A Reel of One’s Own (Review)

“Homaro Cantu and the Hunger for Wholeness” – The Sensualist 317 (Review)

“Indy Film Fest: Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story” – The Film Yap (Review)

“What You Need to Know about the Chicago Dining Scene this Week” – Chicago Magazine

“See the New Documentary on Famed Chef Homaro Cantu Next Week” – Chicagoist

“Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story” Screens at the 2016 Indy Film Fest” – The Independent Critic (Review)

“New Documentary On Late Chef Homaro Cantu Digs Deep into Life of an Altruistic Trauma Survivor” – The Daily Meal

“The 5 Coolest Events at the Palm Springs International Film Festival” – The Orange County Register 

“Spring Breakers: Mark your Calendar for the Season’s 13 Best Food-Focused Events” – Tasting Table (Review)

“RB Goes to the Movies” – Restaurant Business (Review)

“17 top 2016 Philadelphia Film Festival Shows” – Billy Penn

“Talking with the Filmmaker of ‘Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story'” – Fooditor

“The Filmmakers are Coming to Napa Valley” – SFGate

“Here are Some Hot Picks including Alternatives to the Film Festival” – The Desert Sun

“Buy Tickets Now for Chicago Film Fest” – The Daily Journal 

“Best of The Burbs” – FOX32 – Chicago

“A Film about Eating Bugs Might be the Best Thing you See at SIFF this Year” – The Seattle Times

“The Top Things to Check Out this Weekend” – Ethnic Seattle

“Naples International Film Festival Announces 2016 Event Lineup” – Gulfshore Life

“Lou’s Views: Familiar Names and Foreign Treasures Highlight Indy Film Fest” – Indianapolis Business Journal

“A Preview of Questlove’s Book… Plus a Preview of … ‘City of Gold’ & ‘Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story'” – 88.9 FM- Radio Milwaukee

“Illinois Filmmakers Shine at SXSW” –  Screen Magazine

“SXSW 2016: This Year’s Filmmakers Pick Their Dream Audience Member” – Indiewire

“Filmmakers at SXSW 2016: Documentary Feature Edition” – Production Pro

“ShoutOut: Brett Schwartz: Teacher-Filmmaker” – The Highland Park News

“South, From Midwest” –  The Highland Park Landmark

“Homaro Cantu’s Moto-Vation Documentary Charts a Dazzling Chef’s Tragic End” –  The Austin Chronicle

“Homaro Cantu Documentary Filmmaker Chats About The Late Chef” – Eater Chicago

“T-List This March, We’re Mad for Otoko, McQueen Pottery and More” – Tasting Table

SXSW: Meet The Feature Filmmakers

“SXSW Sets Film Lineup…” – The New York Times

“Chef Homaro Cantu Documentary to Debut at SXSW” – The Chicago Tribune

“5 New Food Movies We Can’t Wait to Devour This Year” – Bravo

“Doc on Famed Moto Chef Homaro Cantu To Premiere At SXSW” – Chicagoist

“Homaro Cantu Documentary Debuting at SXSW” – Eater Chicago

  • “Riveting”

    – Richard Propes, The Independent Critic

  • “Director Brett A. Schwartz showed that he does right by Cantu’s legacy when he premiered the film at SXSW. [The film focuses on] Cantu’s inspirational journey from homelessness and disrupted early life to one of the nation’s most influential chefs, and his plight to improve people’s health. The film is sure to make you emotional, but what you lose in tears, you’ll make up for in newfound hope.”

    – Abby Reisner, Tasting Table

  • “Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story” is a delectable delivery of innovation and inspiration.  You’ll find that you know and understand that this chef possesses the capability of changing the world for the better.  Gorgeously shot with thought-provoking interviews, “Insatiable” will whet your appetite for food and knowledge. It’s a story that will satisfy your hunger for greater things and it just might motivate the next genius to help our world. 

    – Pamela Powell, The Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle

  • “Schwartz does a good job of mixing in the biographical stuff with the contemporaneous footage, so we discover Homaro’s past simultaneously as we witness him strive toward the next big idea. We get the crystal-clear picture of a man bored by his own achievements, always looking to move on to the next thing.”

     – Christopher Lloyd, The Film Yap

  • Find emotional release with the documentary about Homaro Cantu, chef-owner of Chicago’s Moto. Cantu gained national attention through his innovative use of molecular gastronomy to solve world hunger… This movie might make you cry, and will definitely make you hunt down some miracle berries.

    – Alaina Lancaster, Restaurant Business

  • “A touching piece of work”

    – Marah Eakin, The A.V. Club

  • “A chef who genuinely wanted to make the world a better place. Deserves a place on the menu of cooking/food docs.”

    -Peter Martin, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association

Story

At the age of 27, innovative chef and inventor Homaro Cantu helped put Chicago on the culinary map when he opened his first restaurant “Moto” in the city’s untapped Fulton Market meatpacking district.  Virtually overnight, Cantu rose to the rank of celebrity chef and became famous for his “molecular gastronomy” approach to cooking.  Cantu’s meteoric rise to fame masked an early life of poverty, homelessness, and even physical and emotional abuse.  In his mid-thirties, “Omar” moved beyond the kitchen and became a hit on the traveling speaker circuit, penned his first cookbook, and ultimately, he dedicated the remainder of his career to using science and cooking to tackle festering social problems. He dedicated nearly all of his energy and capital to a little berry from West Africa- the “miracle berry” which makes sour foods taste sweet.  Dreaming of using the berry to launch an assault on the world’s love affair with refined sugar, Omar wanted to dial back the obesity epidemic.  Filmed over a period of three years with remarkable access, INSATIABLE follows Cantu at a pivotal moment in his career and takes you on a dizzying and thrilling ride, in a story that moves from redemption and inspiration to tragedy and back again.

 

 

 

Trailer

Screenings

AWARDS

Silver Spotlight Documentary Award (2015)

Best Feature Documentary Film, CineSol Film Festival (2016)

Award of Excellence, ImpactDocs Awards (2016)

Award of Recognition, The Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards (2016)

Audience Award Honorable Mention, Philadelphia International Film Festival (2016)

Bronze Telly Award (2016)

 

SCREENINGS

SXSW, Austin, TX (WORLD PREMIERE)

Sun., March 13th, 2016, Alamo Ritz, 4:30 PM

Mon. March 14th, 2016, Alamo Lamar A, 9:00 PM

Thurs., March 17th, 2016, Alamo Lamar A, 11:15 AM

 

Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, WA

Friday, June 3rd, 2016, Ark Lodge Cinemas, 6:30 PM

Saturday, June 4th 2016, SIFF Cinema Uptown, 2:30 PM

 

South Bay Film Festival, Hermosa Beach, CA

Saturday, June 4th, 2016, Hermosa Beach Cinema Theatre 2, 8:00 PM

 

Indy Film Festival, Indianapolis, IN

Sunday, July 17th, 2016, TOBY (Indiana Museum of Art), 3:30 PM

Friday, July 22nd, 2016, TOBY (Indiana Museum of Art), 1:15 PM

 

Rhode Island International Film Festival, Providence, RI

Sunday, August 14th, 2016, Metcalf Auditorium- RISD Museum, 12:15 PM

 

Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, Newburyport, MA

Saturday, September 17th, 2016, The Screening Room, 10:30 AM

 

Nottingham International Film Festival, Nottingham, England, UK

Sunday, October 9th, 2016, The Savoy Cinema, 12:00 PM

 

Tallgrass Film Festival. Wichita, KS

Friday, October 14th, 2016, The Awakening, 1:45 PM

Saturday, October 15th, 2016, Wichita Museum of Art, 1:00 PM

 

Carmel International Film Festival, Carmel, CA

Thursday, October 20th, 2016, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, 3:00 PM

 

Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago , IL

Monday, October 17th, 2016, AMC River East 21, 8:30 PM  

Monday, October 24th, 2016, AMC River East, 6:15 PM

 

Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, Ritz East A, 7:40 PM

Monday, October 24th, 2016, Ritz East A, 5:05 PM

 

Naples International Film Festival, Naples, FL

Friday, October 28th, 2016, Silverspot Cinema Theater 11, 2:15 PM

Saturday, October 29th, 2016, Silverspot Cinema Theater 10, 6:15 PM

Sunday, October, 30th, 2016, Silverspot Cinema Theater 10, 1:45 PM

 

Napa Valley Film Festival, Napa, CA

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, Copia Screening Room, Napa, 8:30 PM

Thursday, November 10th, 2016, Freemark Abbey Theater, St. Helena, 8:15 PM

Saturday, November 12th, 2016, Farmstead Theater at Longmeadow Ranch, St. Helena, 8:00 PM

 

Kansas International Film Festival, Overland Park, KS

Thursday, November 10th, 2016, Glenwood Arts Theatre, Overland Park, KS, 5:20 PM

 

Movement Latino Film Festival, Santa Monica, CA

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, Laemmle Monica Film Center, Santa Monica, CA, 5:00 PM

 

CineSol Film Festival, McAllen, TX

Sunday, November 20th, 2016, Cine El Rey, McAllen TX, 1:25 PM

 

Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs, CA

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, Regal Cinemas, Palm Springs, 5:30 PM

 

DocFeed Festival, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Friday, February 17th, 2017, Theaterzaal, Eindhoven, 8:30-10:30 PM

 

Las Cruces International Film Festival, Las Cruces, NM

Thursday, March 9th, 2017, Cineport 10 – Theatre 1, Las Cruces, NM,  7:30 PM,

Sunday, March 12th, 2017, Silco Theatre, Silver City, NM, 12:00 PM

 

JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, March 12th, 2017, Landmark Century, Chicago, IL, 4:30 PM

Sunday, March 12th, 2017, Landmark Renaissance Place, Highland Park, IL, 5:30 PM

Sunday, March 19th, 2017, AMC River East, Chicago, IL, 1:00 PM

Sunday, March 19th, 2017, AMC Northbrook Court, Northbrook, IL, 3:15 PM

 

Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Monday, March 13th, 2017, Film Row Cinema, Chicago, IL

 

Vero Beach Wine & Film Festival, Vero Beach, FL

Friday, June 9th, 2017, Costa d’Este, Vero Beach, FL, 4:30 PM

 

Filmmaker Bio

Brett A. Schwartz is an award-winning filmmaker who has been producing documentaries since 1995. Schwartz’s latest feature documentary, INSATIABLE: THE HOMARO CANTU STORY premiered at SXSW in 2016 and received a Silver Spotlight Documentary Film Award, Best Feature Documentary at CineSol Film Festival, an Award of Excellence from Impact DOCS, an Award of Recognition from The Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, and an Honorable Mention Audience Award at The Philadelphia Film Festival. Schwartz’s previous feature-length documentary, MASHED MEDIA (2010) aired on PBS and is distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. Schwartz’s films have screened at numerous film festivals including SXSW, Slamdance, The Seattle Int’l Film Festival, The Chicago Int’l Film Festival, Napa Valley Film FestivalNaples Int’l Film Festival, Palm Springs Int’l Film FestivalCinequest, and many others. His work has aired on several networks, including Bravo, MSNBC, HGTV, Court TV, CBS, PBS. His short film SHIFTING TRADITIONS aired on PBS and was distributed by The University of California Center for Media and Independent Learning. Schwartz received a Master’s from Stanford’s Documentary Film Program.

 

For more information about other documentary films, please visit the website of our production company, StoryScreen.