A Fine Line explores why only six percent of head chefs and restaurant owners are women, when historically and traditionally women have always held the central role in the kitchen. Director Joanna James presents perspectives and experiences from world-renowned chefs, including San Francisco’s very own and World’s Best Female Chef Dominique Crenn, Emmy Award Winning TV Host Lidia Bastianich, Two Michelin Star Chef April Bloomfield and one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People Barbara Lynch. Woven throughout is the personal story of Valerie James, a small town restaurateur with a larger than life personality. Valerie is a single mother on a mission to do what she loves, while raising two kids and bravely facing the odds stacked mighty high against her.
RUN TIME: 72 Mins
FILM PROGRAM: Documentary Features
DIRECTOR(s): Joanna James
PRODUCER(s): Joanna James, Anastasia Ganias-Gellin, Katy Jordan
KEY CAST: Barbara Lynch, Dominique Crenn, April Bloomfield, Lidia Bastianich, Cat Cora, Sylvia Weinstock, Elena Arzak, Carrie Nahabedian, Maria Loi, Mashama Bailey, Valerie James
DIRECTOR BIO: Joanna James is co-founder of Aliana Productions, an independent production company that produces, writes and develops original content for film, television and multimedia platforms. While reporting for The Hellenic Voice, Joanna was chosen to cover the 2004 Olympic Games. She then wrote for The Taunton Daily Gazette, where she was awarded best environmental reporting by the New England Press Association.