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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.

Knife Skills Key Art Darwin Hailey in Edwins Kitchen - Credit Lara Talevski.jpg


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Date(s) City ST Organization Venue
08.09.18 Hudson OH Hudson Library & Historical Society Hudson Library & Historical Society
08.16.18 Minneapolis MN Hennepin County Library Minneapolis Central Library
09.12.18 Litchfield Park AZ Bridges Reentry St Peter's Episcopal Church
09.17.18 Hinesville GA The Liberty County Re-Entry Coalition, Inc. The Liberty County Performing Arts Center
09.17.18 San Francisco CA 18 Reasons 18 Reasons
09.20.18 Salem OR Willamette University Willamette University
09.28.18 San Diego CA All of Us or None-San Diego Peace Resource Center of San Diego
10.03.18 Grand Rapids MN KOOTASCA Community Action Blandin Foundation
10.28.18 Wolfville, NS Canada Devour! The Food Film Fest Al Whittle Theater
11.15.18 Coral Gables FL Ladies Empowerment and Action Program Capital One Cafe
2019 Flagstaff AZ Northern Arizona University The W. A. Franke College of Business Building
2019 Rocky River OH West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church


Date(s) City State Organization Venue
03.27 Warsaw Poland Films for Food Muranów Cinema
03.28 Cleveland OH Case Western Reserve University Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom A
04.23 Washington DC Prison Fellowship U.S. Capitol
04.27 Canton OH Canton Palace Theatre Canton Palace Theatre
04.30 Champaign IL Those Impacted by the Mass-incarceration Era (TIME) Scholars University of Illinois
05.16 Chatham MA Hungry Traveler and Eldredge Library Eldredge Public Library
05.16 Grosse Pointe MI Library Programs & Events Grosse Pointe Public Library
05.24 Hyde Park NY The Culinary Institute of America Ecolab Auditorium in the Marriott Pavilion
05.24 New York NY Workers United Film Festival Penn South Community Screening Room
05.30 Baltimore MD The Baltimore Metropolitan Council Parkway Theatre
05.31 Brooklyn NY The Brooklyn Kitchen The Brooklyn Kitchen
06.12 Baileys Harbor WI Door Kinetic Arts Bjorklunden
06.15 New Orleans LA Ubuntu Village NOLA Ashe Culture Center
06.19 Duluth GA State of Georgia Reentry Summit Gwinnett Infinite Energy Forum
06.21 Portland OR Peace of the City The Armory
06.27 New York NY The Fortune Society The Fortune Society - Castle Gardens
07.08 Warsaw Poland Films For Food Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewic
07.10 Brooklyn NY Plow to Plate Films Park Slope Food Coop
07.19 Medina OH Recovery Center of Medina County Regal Medina Stadium 16
07.26 Salem OR Willamette University Oregon State Penitentiary
07.29 St. Louis MO Ethical Society of St. Louis Ethical Society of St. Louis