The cultural-culinary-intellectual force that was Anthony Bourdain exploded onto the scene in 2000 with the publication of his searing restaurant memoir Kitchen Confidential. From there was an unstoppable rise to Parts Unknown, No Reservations, and a place in the American cultural canon. Bourdain’s outsize personality, insatiable curiosity, and passion for food, travel, and culture tapped into a deeper humanity that resonated with viewers who felt that they knew him. And to those who did know him, “Tony” was an uncommonly sensitive and insightful soul whose friendship left a lasting impact.
With Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, Academy Award® winner Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom, Won’t You Be My Neighbor) brings Bourdain’s larger than life persona from the small screen to the large. Drawing on the vast catalog of Bourdain’s on-screen work, as well as never-aired moments, home movies, and insights from those who knew him best, Neville’s film celebrates Bourdain’s adventurous life and the underlying spirit that drove it all: as former President Obama said, "To make us a little less afraid of the unknown." —Cara Cusumano
For over 20 years, Morgan Neville has made documentaries, including the Academy Award®-winning 20 Feet From Stardom, the Emmy Award®-winning Best of Enemies, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor?