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U.S.A., 2012, 93 mins, Color

Director/Screenwriter/Editor: Joseph Levy
Executive Producers: Taz Goldstein, Philip Rosenthal, Sam Sarna
Producers: Miranda Bailey, Jacqueline Lesko, Matthew Leutwyler, Joseph Levy
Cinematographer: Erin Harvey
Original Music: Ed Shearmur
Cast: Grant Achatz, Thomas Keller

Spinning Plates is a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh-best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion. A 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community. A fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are risking everything just to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another.

Joseph Levy
A native of Texas, Joseph Levy attended the University of Southern California, with an initial emphasis in music composition, film scoring and cello performance. Though graduating with a music degree, he spent his final two years studying film production at the USC School of Cinema-Television. For several years after graduation, Levy worked in various capacities of production, development and representation.

In 1999, Levy produced the highly acclaimed short film GEORGE LUCAS IN LOVE. The short not only became one of the most viewed short films in internet history, but the best-selling short film of all time, grossing over $500,000 from DVD, television, online and theatrical releases in countless languages around the world. The film has garnered a multitude of awards and accolades, and it has screened at countless festivals around the world including the Toronto International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

In 2003, Levy founded Amusement Park Productions, an independent film, television and multi-media production company, which would ultimately become Chaos Theory. Since then, Levy has created, written, produced and directed numerous series, pilots and specials for Fox Television Studios, Food Network, SpikeTV, FX, World Wide Pants and Fine Living. He produced the independent feature film LAST MAN RUNNING, which won the audience award at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Levy’s first television series, a reality/documentary series for the Food Network titled INTO THE FIRE, garnered a James Beard Award Nomination. SPINNING PLATES marks his feature directing debut.

Levy currently resides in Los Angeles.


U.S.A., 2013, 14 mins, Color


Director: Krista Whetstone

Every night the same dilemma: What to eat? Who's responsible? Pear explores the struggles of a modern couple, as they negotiate the politics of dinner. What happens when you have too many options but not enough time, energy Part social commentary, part farce, the film shows that life is hard when it's not clear who's taking care of who.

06/14/13 04:30 PMVenue 2 (AVA)
AV Auditorium
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06/16/13 02:00 PMVenue 2 (AVA)
AV Auditorium
600 Elkenberg St, South Haven