THE GAP; By Ira Glass, Directed by Daniel Sax (frohlocke)

On The Menu - A beautiful 2:18 short that illustrates an inspirational monologue by “The American Life” host Ira Glass about the gap that exists between one’s taste and one’s skill over the course of a career.

May We Suggest - Irregardless of how you feel about Ira’s on-air delivery, TAL has set an amazingly high bar for creative and meaningful ways to share true life stories. This short offers tremendous perspective and wisdom for anyone looking to improve their craft, even outside of the creative industry. - D.L. Anderson

David Shiyang Liu’s version of this same monologue was the inspiration for Mr. Sax’s new take on it. Creatively feeding creativity. Hopefully this will feed yours.

The Friday Lunch Special is an serial endorsement of the films and filmmakers we are inspired by, shared by a Vittles producer.


Bayou Maharajah; The Tragic Genius of James BookerDirected by Lily Keber

On The Board - Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.”

May We Suggest - Early in my tenure at the Independent Weekly, Editor Richard Hart introduced me to the stunning brilliance of James Booker. It was around this time of year, Mardi Gras, that Hart, a New Orleans native, could hardly contain his excitement as he began to tell me about Booker’s unbelievable story and talent. He gave me a copy of “GONZO: All the 45’s” and was hooked. I mentioned learning about Booker to my friend, and another brilliant pianist, Phil Cook (@phillygardner) and his excitement was even more amplified, his arms flapped. We had to sit down. “Oh man. Have you seen him play?” We pulled up You Tube and watched a live performance of “True” at Montreux. Wow. I was laid out flat. Who the hell was this guy?

Over the course of this wholly engrossing 90 min. documentary, filled with lush archival footage of Crescent City street scenes, Lily Keber deftly crafts a grand lyrical space for Booker to reveal himself in full. Only the very best parts of illuminating interviews with a wonderful cast of musicians that shared space with him are used.  Concert footage and recordings are allowed to play in their entirety. In this way, Keber offers a remarkable contribution to the documentary music profile form and, more importantly, finally gives this legendary “Black Liberachi” his due. - D.L. Anderson

Ready to Order? - This weekend, as a part of the not-to-be-missed Mardis Gras celebration Hey Pocky Way in Durham, N.C., there will be a special screening of Bayou Maharajah at the Pinkhook at noon on Sunday, March 2nd. Order Your Tickets or show up with $5 and be prepared to be amazed and possible cry in your beer.

The Friday Lunch Special is an endorsement of the films and filmmakers we are inspired by, shared by a Vittles producer.

Strange Beauty Film Festival

It’s time to submit your film to Durham’s weirdest local film festival- The Strange Beauty Film Festival. @StrangeBeautyFF

The guidelines are the same as always—30 minutes or less, any shape or form, strangely beautiful, beautifully strange, or some combination thereof.

The festival has shifted dates to June 12 - 14 at Manbites Dog Theatre so the deadline is now March 1, 2014. Plenty of time to get that new piece finished, right?

Enter Strange Beauty Film Fest

'Cook School' Screening This Weekend!

Nancy Gould’s food service course is one of the most popular within the North Carolina State Prison system, but will her class be able to pull off a fine dinning experience for 60 volunteer patrons behind the gates of Orange Correctional Center? The five-month course is administered by Piedmont Community College and graduating inmates earn 16 credits toward a degree if they can stand the heat. ‘Cook School

The Vittles short will screen at the 11th Annual Oxford Film Festival in Oxford, Mississippi Friday, Feb.7 at 4:00pm and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2:00pm. Sign up here


Spending a magical week at Made In NYC / IFP Labs w bacon wallpapered theater. #ifp @farmer_veteran

Spending a magical week at Made In NYC / IFP Labs w bacon wallpapered theater. #ifp @farmer_veteran

Photos From Fresh Off The Vine by Kavanah Anderson