A documentary film that explores Cambridge's restaurants and food cultures through the success of two of the city's best places to eat.
In groups, we were tasked to create a short documentary film about topics of interest in the Boston area, learning the entire process of creating a movie—from pre-production(including pitching and developing interview questions), to production (including filming and directing), to post-production (including editing and sound design). In this increasingly visual world where videos are an ever-greater presence in daily life, and where making movies is more accessible than ever before, learning how to craft a compelling video with an engaging story is vital.
In the Documentary Film Studio, we created a documentary film about how Cambridge represents its diversity through food. We followed two different restaurants that were diverse in food and culture: Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage in Harvard Square and La Fabrica Central in Central Square. Mr. Bartley's is over 60 years old and La Fabrica has been open for a couple months. We interviewed a variety of staff at these restaurants and learned about their businesses from their perspective. We got in-depth into what makes each restaurant special and unique, especially being in Cambridge. We explored the challenges of being a minority-owned business, as well as how a longer-running business has impacted the area. Although these two restaurants are polar opposites, they came together in the film by covering diverse topics.