CHASING TASTE to Screen at Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema
Running with a "Best Comedy" win at the 2014 Manhattan Film Festival and the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival, as well as an "Outstanding Achievement in Editing" (Steven Tyler) Independent Vision Award win at VISIONFEST 14, indie film Chasing Taste is an official selection of the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, deemed "Like a mini Sundance" by The Hollywood Reporter. Chasing Taste will screen at 12:00pm on Tuesday, January 6th at the Astro Camp and at 10:00am on Saturday, January 10th at the Caine in Idyllwild, CA. Director/Producer Sean Gannet will be in attendance at the Q & A following the screening on Tuesday, January 6th and producers Ashley Wren Collins and Maitely Weismann, along with screenwriter Lori Fischer and actress Uma Incrocci, will be present at the Q & A following the screening on Saturday, January 10th.
Chasing Taste tells the story of Chase Guidry (Kirk McGee), a down-and-out novelist who is transformed overnight into NYC's next big food critic. On the cusp of fame and fortune, the writer turned food critic suddenly loses his sense of taste and smell in a freak accident, forcing him to rely on a team of super "smellers" and tasters to help him fake his reviews. The picture also marks the feature film directorial debut of Sean Gannet.
Producer Ashley Wren Collins co-wrote Produce Your Own Damn Movie! (Focal Press, 2009) with Troma Entertainment's B-movie king and creator of The Toxic Avenger, Lloyd Kaufman, who makes a star cameo in the film, along with country music superstar Phil Vassar, April Wilkner (America's Next Top Model), Joseph R. Gannascoli (The Sopranos), Kevin Brown (30 Rock), and Lynn Cohen (Sex and the City, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire). Broadway veterans Bill Dawes, Alison Cimmet, Nancy Opel, Chuck Cooper and Rita Gardner also appear in Chasing Taste, along with the Classical Theatre of Harlem's Producing Director Ty Jones, who stars as Bennett Brulee.
Chasing Taste is unique in that a cast and crew were assembled and locations were set before the script was penned. "When this process began, I didn't even know I'd be directing a romantic comedy. Every member of our team put their trust in each other; the result is a celebration," says Sean Gannet.