SUTTONS BAY – The Bay Community Theater hosted its first fall film series as a non-profit in 2019.
The series returns September 10-16 with a “foodie movie feast,” after skipping 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first on the program is “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain”, a 2021 documentary that tells the story of the late chef, writer and television host.
The series continues from November 5 to 10 with the 2020 foreign film “The Truffle Hunters”, which follows men in Italy who hunt the rare and expensive Alba white truffle. The film is presented with English subtitles.
Program team volunteer Rita Wessels said she selected two documentaries “largely based on food.” They took into account the wine and food tours that tourists often attend during the autumn months. The team also wanted to highlight northern Michigan.
“County Leelanau and the surrounding area are known for a very good food culture, so we thought it would be a natural fit,” said Wessels.
Her husband Larry Domine, also a theater volunteer, said both films are about “the passion and love of food” – the definition of a foodie.
A round table with professionals is organized every Monday during the series. The September 13 event will feature Chef Simon Joseph, restaurant owner in the Traverse City area, and Stephanie Wiitala, chef and co-owner of Sugar2Salt in Traverse City.
“They both named Anthony Bourdain as someone who influenced their careers,” Wessels said.
Joe Beyer, Executive Director of the Parallel 45 Theater Festival, is also on the September panel.
Wessels said three panelists were confirmed for November 8: truffle tour operator Madeleine Vedel, chef Randy Chamberlain of Blu in Glen Arbor and Guillaume Hazael-Massieux of La Bécasse in Maple City. Wessels aims to add two more to this discussion.
“There was a lot of interest,” she said of this topic. “We have the connection to the morels here. “
Bay Community Theater President Rick Andrews said the fall film series is what makes the movie theater what it is.
“After a difficult year and a half for everyone, we’re excited to offer special theater programming again, and this fall film series is just the start,” said Andrews.
The association’s team of volunteers “develop interesting and entertaining content for our local community,” he said. The theater plans to host a live music event in late October and a holiday event in December.
Regular and member ticket prices are available for the Fall Film Series. Screenings start at 7:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Movie fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at thebaytheatre.com.