Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Leslie Iwerks

Country: USA
Language: English

Running Time: 95min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Special Culinary Events


Americans know Ella Brennan as the matriarch of the family behind Brennan’s and Commander’s Palace, an inspiring creator of New Orleans breakfasts and jazz brunches, a great proponent of Creole cuisine, and a pioneer in what would become the modern American food movement. But there’s a fascinating story beneath the glory, a biographical trajectory that swings between familial conflict and dazzling success.

Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks delves deep into Brennan’s roots, life and work, her struggles and strategies, and the triumphs that make her an iconic figure in American culinary culture and business. Bon appétit!

This film is also featured in the Knight Documentary Achievement Award Film Category.

This film is also available for purchase with the BIG EASY BRUNCH at the River Yacht Club Ticket Package that precedes the screening.
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Film Screening and Big Easy Brunch presented by Lee Brian Schrager, founder of Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival.


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Director: Leslie Iwerks
Producer: Michael Tang, Leslie Iwerks
Screenwriter: Mo Stoebe, Leslie Iwerks, Mark Catalena
Executive Producer: Debra Shriver, Karol Martesko-Fenster

Music: Jimmy Sudekum
Cinematographer: Steven Parker, Antonio Rossi, Anthony P. Arenth
Editor: Mo Stoebe, Leslie Iwerks, Mark Catalena

Subjects: Ella Brennan, Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse, Ti Martin, Tory McPhail, Danny Meyer, Drew Nieporent, Chris Owens, Jeremiah Tower, Hal Williamson, Tim and Nina Zagat

Leslie Iwerks

Leslie Iwerks is an American filmmaker. She graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. Her directorial credits include “Recycled Life” (06), which was nominated for an Oscar, The Pixar Story (07), which was nominated for an Emmy, and Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table (16).

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