Speaking of food films, a couple cute food-related documentaries came across my desk recently, and I figured I'd pass word of them on to you.
- Donut Day, produced by Amy Levine and Dhera Strauss, follows the staff of Sweetwater's Donut Mill over a 24-hour period. You're treated to a behind-the-scenes look at a beloved local doughnut shop as it bakes five- to six-thousand doughnuts a day for its customers, many of whom keep their own coffee mugs there, a testamanent to the shop's quirkiness and hominess. I especially liked seeing the doughnut-filler machine in action and learning the term "cosmetic icing"a glazing applied to blemished yet still edible specimens. 52 minutes. Available on DVD for $15 (includes shipping), at donutdaydoc.com
- Dishes, written, directed, and produced by Levine, is an earlier documentary that takes the viewer into the world of Fiesta Ware collectors. If you have one in your lifeand who doesn't?this doc will make you smile (knowingly), as it drags you along to a Fiesta Ware collectors' conference, a warehouse sale, and into the homes of individual Fiesta fiends. 46 minutes. Available on DVD for $20 (includes shipping), at fiestadocumentary.com
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