Last week, MOCA downtown was the scene of Big Night, a celebration of Food, Films & Music at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Levi's Film Workshop premiered three short films about food and cooking on the plaza, featuring such local food luminaries as Chef Roy Choi of Kogi and the seemingly omnipresent Chef Ludo Lefebvre of Ludobites. Catering was provided by Choi & Lefebvre's food trucks, both of which were quite popular judging by the lines.
Choi and Lefebvre (both above) enjoyed getting the chance to chat before the screening of the movies began and both spoke about how they wanted to make their food accessible to the public, rather than making cuisine that few can afford. Choi had Ludo's fried chicken for the first time and enjoyed it almost as much as I did.
The three short films sponsored by the workshop are Wild Goodness, The Sound of Heat and Feast of Fury. Wild Goodness focused on "Growing" and featured inventive food growing scenarios such as a box of earth in a bicycle basket. The Sound of Heat, starring Lefevre, focused on "Preparing" showed Ludo at a farm, gathering the ingredients and then cooking over a bonfire. Feast of Fury focused on "Serving" and it starred Choi in a fun spoof of kung fu films. You can see all three short films here.
The rooster above, one of the stars of Wild Goodness, enjoyed the festivities and the chance to stay up past his bedtime. You can have the opportunity to use filmmaking equipment for free at the Workshop at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA or to just enjoy the films on the internet. The current exhibit at MOCA is "Art in the Streets", the first major museum survey of graffiti and street art.
MOCA: The Geffen Contemporary: 152 N. Central Avenue, Little Tokyo, DTLA. Website: www.moca.org