Chef’s Special by Eno Freedman Brodmann03/27/2014
A doctor finds a patient with a rare disorder to excrete food the same way it enters. His plans to team up with nearby Italian restaurants soon go too far.
Chef’s Special was an official selection of NFFTY 2013 and received special mention under the category of Late Night Comedy.
About the Director:
Eno Freedman Brodmann made his directorial debut in 2008 when his comedic music-video depicting the effects of Iodine consumption was awarded ‘Best Editing’ at Wingspan Arts film festival in Lincoln center. He has worked on projects with Ghost Robot, Digital Kitchen, Iconoclast & recent collaborations with French director Antoine De Bary of Marcissan. When he’s not scoring fashion films, dark comic shorts and commercials, he has featured his own work with brands such as OAK & sports game ‘Hit Mit’. In 2008 he was a Tribeca Film Fellow and helped direct the opening for the Youth Division of the Tribeca Film Festival. His recent film ‘Chef’s Special’ was awarded ‘Special Jury Prize’ at NFFTY in Seattle and is making circulation with his upcoming black and white short ‘Love & Logic’. He is a senior in Film & TV at NYU Tisch, spending two days a week at Partizan and is one of the founding partners of the NYC Production Company ‘Yacht Club’.
Check out the works of Eno and his team at Yacht Club
NFFTY speaks to Eno to find out what goes behind this quirky story.
Q: How did you guys come up with such a unique storyline? Was it inspired from any real life event?
About four years ago I had this running joke with my friends about a doctor who used fine food analogies for patient’s ailments to make them more comfortable. The entire summer the joke became pretty popular and everyone told me to make a movie about it. Yacht Club, the production company I work under loved the idea and we had begun and ended production in about three months. I guess I took the joke a little too seriously because some friends were shocked when I showed the cut to them. They had no idea I was planning the movie yet enjoyed seeing our conversations on screen. I had also grown up with a family where a number had stomach issues. I had always felt uncomfortable with the topic and thought of manifesting those nerves in something creative. It’s a very experimental story of an eating disorder. Most of all, it’s a film about self-acceptance.
Q: The form of humor presented in this film is a more subtle, dark humor. As the director, could you ride us through your thought process of how you planned or conceptualized the execution such that the humor is being brought out that way instead of being an outright slapstick humor?
Building off of the simple set-up, I wanted to take advantage of the humor. The film is all about how explicitness can be shown with only implicitness. My experiment was to test how graphic I could get, without ever getting graphic. The audience’s minds are filled with references but nothing is said outright. For our first large screening at NFFTY in Seattle I was overjoyed with the audience’s grossed-out reaction at some scenes. It’s similar to how great horror directors treat gore. The Blair Witch Project is all about implicitness. None of the deaths are seen aside from the moments leading up to them. By allowing the audience’s imagination to fill in the blanks, I feel it celebrates the possibility of film to allow the mind to expand from watching the story unfold.
Q: Has participation in NFFTY helped to open more doors for you to enter the industry? If so, how?
NFFTY introduced me a to a few great new contacts that I ended up staying in touch with. I’m constantly impressed with the work that comes out of the festival and have seen a few friends excel to do large music videos, commercials and even attend the Oscars this year. Living in New York is convenient since they pass through every now and again. We’ll sit down in my backyard and talk through our new scripts and pitches, run around to take some photos outside and then come back inside to chat. It’s an amazing creative network and I hope to do more collaborations with them in the future.