Went to the NYC Food Film Festival last night and had a pretty good time. Festival co-organizer George Motz screened his short film Brooklyn Pizza, and the short documentary Pure and Simple, a day in the life of Una Pizza Napoletana, was also shown. Photos and such, after the jump.
Proceedings began a little later than advertised, only because the sun hadn't yet gone far enough away by 8 p.m., but by the time the movies started, a crowd of about 150 was in the house.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (above, center) showed up for about two minutes—long enough to make some platitudes about Brooklyn pizza and mention the new Ikea, which I got the impression he was rushing off to afterward.
Nick Sherman of pizza blog Pizza Rules! was there, too, and has apparently moved to Brooklyn for the summer.
The filmmakers behind Pure and Simple showed up, along with Anthony Mangieri, proprietor of Una Pizza. I was hoping Mangieri would be speaking, but he just sorta hung out at the back of the crowd. I don't know if anyone there recognized him. If they did, they weren't giving him the pizza-celebrity treatment.
After the sun set and the movies were rolling, pies from Grimaldi's next door materialized for the crowd. The first round of five came out fairly early, each cut into "tasting slices" that were devoured pretty quickly, leaving those of us who didn't get any wondering if there was more on the way.
After about 40 minutes or so, the second round came, giving more folks a taste of the pizza we'd been smelling from the building next door.
The NYC Food Film Festival continues tonight at Water Taxi Beach. Visit the site for travel info, but do note that a free Water Taxi shuttle will be running there tonight from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.