Fortune Cookies + Films at Harbourfront

My iPhone pic doesn’t really do it justice, but a great crowd came out on Friday night for the Canadian premiere of The Killing of a Chinese Cookie, a light-hearted doc by Japanese American director Derek Shimoda. The film helped kick off the Fortune Cooking Food Festival, part of Harbourfront’s World Routes series.  This is Harbourfront’s first pan-Asian food and culture festival.

People started arriving well in advance, which is pretty cool for a Friday evening where so much else was going on.

We handed out prize ballots to the lineup, introducing ourselves and the festival.  It was nice to hear a lot of people saying they were there BECAUSE they heard about it through Reel Asian!

After an introduction from Harbourfront’s Rodrigo Fritz, executive director Sonia Sakamoto-Jog made some opening remarks before drawing the winning prize ballot. Barnett Chow was the lucky winner of his own DVD copy of the film to share with friends and family, courtesy of Cherry Sky Films and Reel Asian. Congratulations Barnett!

The film’s title is a reference to the under-appreciated 1970s crime flick The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, by director John Cassavetes.  Shimoda’s film is a playful, wide-ranging look at the origins of the familiar crescent-shaped biscuit.  Fortune cookies are part of just about every Chinese restaurant meal in North America, yet they are completely unknown in China. Who really invented fortune cookies? And why? The answers might surprise you!

Reel Asian is excited to be a community partner for the Fortune Cooking Food Festival. Events continue all weekend long at Harbourfront Centre, with tons of FREE activities to do for the whole family: cooking demos, food tastings, kids crafts, dance performances, live music, comedy shows, and of course MORE FILMS! Don’t forget to fill out a prize ballot – you could win a grand prize worth more than $500 or one of 15 other festival prizes! (Click thumbnail to see larger pic with prize descriptions)