FUNKE World Premiere in LA Muse at the 2018 LA Film Festival

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Evan Funke was one of the hottest young chefs in Los Angeles when he inexplicably walked away from his critically-acclaimed and wildly popular restaurant, Bucato, leaving behind him a wake of financial and personal upheaval. 

Years later, as Evan begins mounting his comeback, he reconnects with his maestra, a profound pasta teacher in Bologna, Italy and partners with a Canadian restaurant group on its first venture in the U.S. 

Eyeing one of the most competitive and expensive streets in America as a stage for the dying art of handmade pasta, he battles many obstacles on the road to opening a restaurant that he hopes will become his legacy and repair the mistakes of his past. 


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In his feature debut, director Gabriel Taraboulsy gives equal measure to the artistry and passion that are crucial in the kitchen. Produced with two-time James Beard award-winning media brand Tastemade, FUNKE pairs gorgeous imagery that practically smells delicious with the very human drama of success and failure while navigating the notoriously difficult LA restaurant scene.

FUNKE is directed by Gabriel Taraboulsy. The film is produced by Gabriel Taraboulsy, Alexander Emanuele, Jay Holzer, and Cecile Murias, and is executively produced by Larry Fitzgibbon, Oren Katzeff, Steven Kydd, and Joe Perez. Cinematography is by Rob Vroom and Gareth Paul Cox and editing is by Alexander Emanuele.

About Tastemade

Tastemade is a modern media brand inspiring the taste of a generation through entertainment, commerce and experiences. The company creates award-winning video programming in Food, Home and Travel, which appears on all major digital, mobile, streaming OTT and linear TV platforms. The company reaches a global audience of over 250 million monthly active viewers, streaming 2.5 billion views, and has built an engaged, passionate, global community.


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Tastemade has won a host of awards for its innovative video programming, including two James Beard Awards. Based in Santa Monica, CA, Tastemade is funded by Redpoint Ventures, Raine Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Liberty Media, Scripps Networks Interactive, and Goldman Sachs. For more information, visit Tastemade at: www.tastemade.com.

RT: 89 minutes / Not Rated

Premiere Screening | Wednesday, September 26 at 8:00PM | Arclight Santa Monica

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