I am happy to announce that Rock Baijnauth's Barista has been picked up by Samuel Goldwyn for distribution in North America. Look for this wonderful documentary about competitive coffee making sometime this fall.
We began production on this film in March of 2013 shooting at high end coffee shops around Los Angeles, covering the western regional barista championships in Santa Cruz, CA and finally the national championships in Boston, MA. By the time the film raised funds to finish production, I was immersed in the production of Charlie Kaufman's "Anomalisa." Fortunately, the very talented Roger Singh was able to pick up the reins and I can't thank him enough for making the film even more beautiful.
Below is a teaser used for the films kickstarted campaign, cut from the footage I shot in the initial stages of the film.