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An Oscar®-nominated documentary about reentry, second chances, and the healing power of good food.



What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade?

Knife Skills follows the hectic launch of Edwins restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. In this improbable setting, with its mouthwatering dishes and its arcane French vocabulary, we discover the challenges of men and women finding their way after their release. We come to know three trainees intimately, as well as the restaurant’s founder, who is also dogged by his past.

They all have something to prove, and all struggle to launch new lives — an endeavor as
pressured and perilous as the ambitious restaurant launch of which they are a part.

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Date(s) City ST Organization Venue
May 30 Baltimore MD The Baltimore Metropolitan Council Parkway Theatre
May 31 Brooklyn NY The Brooklyn Kitchen The Brooklyn Kitchen
June 12 Baileys Harbor WI Door Kinetic Arts Bjorklunden
June 15 New Orleans LA Ubuntu Village NOLA Ashe Culture Center
June 19 Duluth GA State of Georgia Reentry Summit Gwinnett Infinite Energy Forum
June 21 Portland OR Peace of the City The Armory
June 27 New York NY The Fortune Society The Fortune Society - Castle Gardens
July 10 Brooklyn NY Plow to Plate Films Park Slope Food Coop
July 19 Medina OH Recovery Center of Medina County Regal Medina Stadium 16
Jul 26 Salem OR Willamette University Oregon State Penitentiary
Aug 9 Hudson OH Hudson Library & Historical Society Hudson Library & Historical Society
Aug 16 Minneapolis MN Hennepin County Library Minneapolis Central Library
Sep 12 Litchfield Park AZ Bridges Reentry St Peter's Episcopal Church
Sep 17 Hinesville GA The Liberty County Re-Entry Coalition, Inc. The Liberty County Performing Arts Center
Sep 20 Salem OR Willamette University Willamette University


Date(s) City State Organization Venue
Mar 27 Warsaw Poland Films for Food Muranów Cinema
Mar 28 Cleveland OH Case Western Reserve University Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom A
Apr 23 Washington DC Prison Fellowship U.S. Capitol
Apr 27 Canton OH Canton Palace Theatre Canton Palace Theatre
Apr 30 Champaign IL Those Impacted by the Mass-incarceration Era (TIME) Scholars University of Illinois
May 16 Chatham MA Hungry Traveler and Eldredge Library Eldredge Public Library
May 16 Grosse Pointe MI Library Programs & Events Grosse Pointe Public Library
May 24 Hyde Park NY The Culinary Institute of America Ecolab Auditorium in the Marriott Pavilion
May 24 New York NY Workers United Film Festival Penn South Community Screening Room