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Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter

  Rebecca Halpern

  United States     96 minutes


In the 2000s, chef Charlie Trotter was the toast of Chicago, his eponymous restaurant one of the world’s top fine-dining destinations. A gastronomic revolutionary and a culinary bad-boy, Trotter paved the way for the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay, yet his tempestuous, competitive nature alienated many. With never-before-seen archival material and new interviews with those who loved and loathed Trotter—who died from a stroke in 2013 at age 54—this absorbing, unvarnished profile chronicles the passions of a master chef and the consequences of pursuing perfection at all costs.


Screenings & Events

In-Theater Screening

Mon, Oct 18 @ 6:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 11

Special Guests*: Rebecca Halpern (director) and subjects Anne Hinkamp, Lisa Ehrlich, and Norman Van Aken
*Subject to change

In-Theater Screening

Fri, Oct 22 @ 5:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 11

Special Guests*: Rebecca Halpern (director)
*Subject to change

In-Theater "Best of the Fest" Screening

Sun, Oct 24 @ 2:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 9

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 19 @ 12:00pm CDT to Oct 24 @ 11:59pm CDT in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin


Film Credits

  •   Renee Frigo
  •   Rebecca Halpern
  •   Daniel Algarin, Gabriel Britz
  •   Rod Hassler, Will Basanta, Logan Schneider, Oral Berat User
  •   Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Grant Achatz
  •   Brian Reitzell
  •   Oak Street Pictures
  •   https://oakstreet.pictures


Documentary Sponsor

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Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin

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Film Patron

Mitten Foundation