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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
I LIKE KILLING FLIES
"An affectionate portrait of Kenny [Shopsin], his brood and his singular worldview as
the profanity-prone chef expounds on life, death, sex, terrorism, waste disposal and
insect extermination." -Variety
"[Shopsin] inspires love and terror" -New York Times
"A curiously tasty dish, one that could leave even a vegan with a burning desire to
sample Shopsin's lamb chops" -Village Voice
"An irresistible no-budget
documentary" -New York Post
" Filmmaker Matt Mahurin...made the
wise decision to chronicle the mood swings, crises, philosophy and kitchen wizardry of
Shopsin and company." -Chicago Tribune
"Terrific, hilarious, even inspirational" -New City Chicago
"This terrific doc presents a world-class eccentric in all his loudmouthed glory." -Time Out Chicago
Recommended! -Chicago Reader
"They have to prove it to me that they're OK to feed" -Kenny Shopsin
"Little did I know one of my deepest connections [with creativity] would be with a
glorified short order cook... in regards to his process, his absolute focus, his
relentless struggle, and ultimately, his satisfaction with the actual making of the
product." -Filmmaker Matt Mahurin
This film portrait of the family-owned restaurant Shopsin's, brims with energy and
irreverence, capturing the genuine New York character of a neighborhood landmark.
Irascible and intermittently brilliant, Kenny Shopsin, a self-taught chef, started
cooking to earn a few extra bucks and now makes more than nine hundred different items,
including soups and ethnic comfort food of every variety, all conjured up from scratch
in a Rube Goldberg kitchen the size of a walk-in closet. A true kitchen philosopher,
Kenny spends his days feeding his neighbors, and when there is a lull in the cooking,
steps out from behind his Frankenstein stove, serving up morsels of wisdom and wit on
life, death, sex, politics and even food.
Filmmaker Matt Mahurin captures the eccentric
energy of its hero, in a film bursting with stove-top sensuality and a family and
clientele often hostage to Kenny's moods. But after 32 years in the same sheltered
workshop, the lease is lost and the family must now find a new place for Kenny to cook.
Directed by Matt Mahurin, U.S.A, 2003, BetaSP, 79 mins.