In this monthly series, we spotlight some of T/F's greatest films as we approach the festival's 10th edition.
As a renowned music video director, photographer and illustrator, Matt Mahurin has worked with a lot of difficult and charismatic stars -- everyone from Sting to Metallica -- but he never met his match until he started filming an endearing version of the Soup Nazi. Kenny Shopsin runs a hole-in-the wall restaurant in New York (first immortalized in a Calvin Trillin New Yorker article) where he dishes up exotic pancakes and 900 other specialties, stirring in his down-to-earth philosophy about morality, butter, sex, waste disposal, and child-rearing. Shopsin is the hot-tempered master of this off-kilter universe, and regulars fear banishment at every turn. Mahurin, a master craftsman working alone and on a modest budget, throws us into Shopsin's deep fryer, and we're transformed, emerging with nothing less than a robust version of what's important in life.
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$5 for Ragtag members and all T/F volunteers; if you've ever volunteered for T/F 2003-2012, dig out your volunteer pass and present it at the box office to receive the member discounted admission price of $5 for all films in the series (you must present your pass, sorry but there are thousands of you out there and we need some way to recognize your contribution to receive the discount). FREE for current Guffman members and T/F 2013 Super Circle Passholders.