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Modern Day Artisans are Revealed in ‘Crafted’ at L.A. Film Fest

Following its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the documentary short, Crafted – directed by Morgan Spurlock, who was previously nominated for an Academy Award – is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Attendees to the June 17 screening at Regal L.A. Live were able to participate in a panel discussion with Morgan and the film’s craftsmen, moderated by Henry Rollins. There was a reception after with ice cream from the new Haagen-Dazs Artisan Collection. Some flavors of the new collection include banana rum jam, ginger molasses cookie, applewood smoked, and more! The film was commissioned by Häagen-Dazs.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: (L-R) A Q&A discussion with the film craftsmen featured in Spurlocks new documentary short Crafted, Cortney Burns and Nick Balla, chefs behind San Franciscos Bar Tartine restaurant, David Van Wyk and Luke Snyder of Bloodroot Blades and the director, Morgan Spurlockat at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Haagen Dazs)

A Q&A discussion with the film craftsmen featured in Spurlocks new documentary short Crafted, Cortney Burns and Nick Balla, chefs behind San Franciscos Bar Tartine restaurant, David Van Wyk and Luke Snyder of Bloodroot Blades and the director, Morgan Spurlockat at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Haagen Dazs)

Check out the film’s trailerCrafted explores the evolution and shared philosophies of the modern artisan, uncovering what drives them to create and why their craft endures in the modern age.

“Creating high-quality products that hold meaning – from making food to crafting tools – takes a relentless level of commitment and passion, particularly in our society where disposability reigns supreme,” says Spurlock. “I am thrilled that the stories of the five artisans in Crafted are now available for everyone to watch.”

Spurlock ventured to the trenches of these craftsmen who vary by trade and geography, but all share a passion to create. He takes viewers on a journey to meet five craftsmen who challenge themselves to make handcrafted goods that set them apart from the rest:

  • Yuji Nagatani, a seventh generation head of family run pottery producer Nagatani-en, located in the remote mountainous region of Iga, Japan. Nagatani spent four years testing more than 1,000 donabe rice cooker prototypes to bring innovation to donabe cooking, while continuing his ancestors’ traditions.
  • Cortney Burns and Nick Balla, the chefs behind San Francisco restaurant Bar Tartine and authors of the 2015 James Beard Award-winning cookbook, Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes, rely heavily on local produce to painstakingly make ingredients and create all dishes in-house, including aged cheeses, spices, koji and bottarga.
  • Luke Snyder and David Van Wyk, of Bloodroot Blades in Arnoldsville, Georgia, forge their blades and work with a variety of materials that may have otherwise been discarded. Through meticulous testing and modern technology, this duo makes some of the most sought-after handmade knives in the world, with a waiting list spanning more than two years.

Crafted was produced by Spurlock’s Warrior Poets Productions and is distributed in the U.S. by Kinonation. Visit CraftedLikeNoOther.com to watch the official trailer, find more information on the documentary film and learn how to get a chance to win artisan-crafted prizes from the stars of the film, including a trip for two to San Francisco to dine at Bar Tartine, by sharing the movie trailer on Facebook or Twitter.

Watch the entire documentary short on Amazon Prime Instant Video at Amazon.com/Crafted.

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