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Jonathan Gold Documentary Announced

Elysia Rodriguez |
December 9, 2012 | 11:13 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

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The world of acclaimed food critic Jonathan Gold will be put on display in a new documentary about culture and eating in Los Angeles.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on the documentary, which will use Gold as a guide to the City of Angels’ food scene as well as share with the public a rare glimpse into the critic’s personal lifestyle.

The film’s director, Laura Gabbert, is best known for her award-winning documentary Sunset Story, which chronicles the stories of elderly political progressives in a Los Angeles retirement home. 

Gold said in a statement, “I loved Laura’s film Sunset Story, so when she approached me about making a film using me as a prism through which to look at food as a prism looking at Los Angeles, it sounded like a good idea.”

Braxton Pope, who just finished work on the much buzzed about film The Canyons, and Holly Becker, who worked on the quirky Miranda July film You and Me and Everyone We Know, are set to produce the yet-to-be-titled film.

Jamie Wolf, who is an initial investor in the film, added, “I've known Jonathan for many years… and the paradox of his becoming so well-known and revered in the pursuit of such an idiosyncratic, personal, and obscure interest has fascinated me as it's evolved. He seems like the ideal guide to the extraordinary multi-facetedness of this indefinable city.”

Gold truly has made it his life’s work to explore Los Angeles' multi-faceted identify through his unique attitude toward food criticism and culture. 

As a Los Angeles native, Gold began writing about ethnic, low-budget, mom-and-pop restaurants that no other contemporary critic was paying attention to. His reviews treated these restaurants with the same respect as fine-dining establishments and ultimately have paved the way for today’s celebration of cheap street food culture and ethnic cuisine. 

He started working with the L.A. Weekly during the 80’s while he was studying art and music at UCLA. His column “Counter Intelligence,” which sought to explore L.A’s underreported ethnic neighborhoods, soon made him one of the Weekly’s most popular writers. During the 90’s he took his column to the L.A. Times and his popularity and influence continued to grow. 

He is familiar with all sides of the food world and has even written reviews of high-end restaurants for Gourmet and Los Angles magazines.

His versatility extends to the music world as well, working as the Weekly’s music editor in his early years and contributing articles more recently to Rolling Stone, Spin and Blender

His trailblazing work with the Weekly earned him a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2007. He is the only food critic to have the honor of receiving the prestigious award and is also the first winner from the Weekly.

Gold previously hit the big screen, forgoing the elusiveness and anonymity central to food critics, in the 2009 documentary "How to Live Forever" where he extolled the philosophical nature of the taco.

Audiences still have to wait and see when the documentary is set to hit theaters, but they can anticipate it will tell the story of Gold and the city he loves from a unique perspective.  

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