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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO

TFF 2014 Directed by Ian Cheney
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO [TFF 2014]
From New York City to the farmlands of the Midwest, there are around 50,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S. While there can be quite a range of Chinese-American dishes, one in particular seems to have conquered the American culinary landscape with a force befitting its military moniker—“General Tso’s Chicken.” Walk into any Chinese restaurant in the country and you can be fairly certain you’ll be rewarded with a plate of this sweet and sticky fried chicken—seemingly just spicy enough for the American palate. But how did this dish reach such levels of ubiquity and who was General Tso in the first place? This delightfully insightful documentary seeks to uncover the origins of a dish that Americans have warmly adopted as their own. As director Ian Cheney journeys to Shanghai and Hunan, it becomes increasingly clear that the answers lie much closer to home, as the story of General Tso’s Chicken becomes inextricably linked to the story of Chinese Americans’ own search to define their identity.

-Ian Hollander
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Documentary, New York, Food
From New York City to the farmlands of the Midwest, there are around 50,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S. While there can be quite a range of Chinese-American dishes, one in particular seems to have conquered the American culinary landscape with a force befitting its military moniker—“General Tso’s Chicken.” Walk into any Chinese restaurant in the country and you can be fairly certain you’ll be rewarded with a plate of this sweet and sticky fried chicken—seemingly just spicy enough for the American palate. But how did this dish reach such levels of ubiquity and who was General Tso in the first place? This delightfully insightful documentary seeks to uncover the origins of a dish that Americans have warmly adopted as their own. As director Ian Cheney journeys to Shanghai and Hunan, it becomes increasingly clear that the answers lie much closer to home, as the story of General Tso’s Chicken becomes inextricably linked to the story of Chinese Americans’ own search to define their identity.

-Ian Hollander
Film Information
Year: 2014
Length: 73 minutes
Language: Chinese, English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Ian Cheney
Producer: Amanda Murray, Jennifer 8 Lee
Editor: Frederick Shanahan
Cinematographer: Ian Cheney, Taylor Gentry
Composer: Simon Beins, Ben Fries
Animator: Sharon Shattuck
Contacts

Print Source
Ian Cheney
Wicked Delicate Films, LLC
Northampton, 01060
Phone: 347 804 4732
ian@wickedelicate.com

US Sales Contact
John Sloss
Cinetic Media
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 204 7979
sales@cineticmedia.com

International Sales Contact
David Piperni
Cargo Film and Releasing
New York, 10012
Phone: 2129958139
dpiperni@cargofilm-releasing.com

Press Contact
David Magdael
David Magdael & Associates, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213 624 7827
dmagdael@tcdm-associates.com

About the Director(s)
Ian Cheney is an Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. His past projects include King Corn (2007), The Greening of Southie (2008), Truck Farm (2010), and The City Dark (2011).

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