The making of a celebrity chef
Barbara Lynch, the chef behind Beacon Hill's posh No. 9 Park, has become one of Boston's top restaurateur-entrepreneurs in recent years, having opened two more restaurants in the South End and a catering company. In December, she signed a lease for another restaurant in the South Boston waterfront near the new Institute of Contemporary Art.
But back in 2001, Lynch was focused solely on No. 9, which was only a few years out of the gate. And for part of that year, documentarian Maryanne Galvin trained her digital camera on Lynch, who grew up in a South Boston housing project. The result is the half-hour "Amuse Bouche: A Chef's Tale, " a behind-the-scenes look at what it took for Lynch to work her way through the class boundaries of Boston and into her position of celebrity chef.
"I do think the portrait of Chef Lynch holds up today," says the Boston-based Galvin by e-mail. "Ambitious, conscientious, caring, creative, warm, busy, stylish, admired. . . . Yes, all still apt descriptions."
"Amuse Bouche" plays Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Boston Public Library as part of a retrospective of Galvin's work. Both Galvin and Lynch will be at the screening to answer questions after the film. The final movie in the program, Galvin's "Thanatos Rx: The Death Penalty Debate in America, " plays March 29 at 6 p.m. Additional information is available from the library at 617-536-5400 and bpl.org, or from Galvin's website, mgproductions.biz.
SPIRIT AWARD CONGRATULATIONS: "Half Nelson," which Newton native Anna Boden produced, edited, and co-wrote, picked up both the best male lead award, for Ryan Gosling, and best female lead, for Shareeka Epps, at last weekend's Spirit Awards ceremony. (Gosling was also an Academy Award nominee for best actor.)
The Spirit Awards are given out annually the day before the Oscars and celebrate independent filmmaking. This year's big winner, along with "Half Nelson," was "Little Miss Sunshine," which was named best feature and got awards for director, supporting male, and first screenplay. Sarah Silverman hosted the ceremony.
LOST LENNON TAPES GET DEBUT: "3 Days in the Life," a cinéma vérité documentary with never-before-seen footage of John Lennon and friends, gets its first screening Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine.
The footage was shot by Tony Cox, former husband of Yoko Ono, in February 1970. It was bought from Cox by a regional group of Beatles collectors.
Steve Morse viewed an edit of the work in 2000 and wrote in the Globe that "the footage is sometimes maddening (the avant-garde-inclined Cox sometimes shot upside down and sideways), but most of it is totally engaging if you're a Lennon fan." Ray Thomas, who lives in Rye, N.H., and is the film's executive producer, says the Berwick show is the first stop of a college tour. Information is at 207-384-2164, ext. 2201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONVERSATIONS WITH: Globe movie critic Ty Burr will be at the Brattle Theatre Wednesday at 6 p.m. to talk about his new book "The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together." Information is at 617-876-6837 and brattlefilm.org.
Lauren Shaw's "Maine Women: Living on the Land" will play Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts. Shaw will be at the screening along with two women featured in the film. (Shaw is also a photographer, and an exhibition of her work is up at the Panopticon Gallery in Waltham through March 12.) Information is at 617-267-9300 and mfa.org/film.
WGBH SEEKING SCIENCE SHORTS: WGBH is inviting anyone to submit a 30-second short about science to run on TV or its website during the April 21-29 Cambridge Science Festival. The station will be broadcasting science-themed television and radio programs, on-demand lectures, and video podcasts during the festival, which is billed as the first in the country. Note that if your work is selected, WGBH will own the rights to it. Deadline is March 15; information at wgbh.org/sciencefestival.
SCREENINGS OF NOTE: A sneak preview of Mira Nair's "The Namesake," based on the book by Jhumpa Lahiri, plays today at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts. At the story's center is an Indian-American family whose son (Kal Penn, from "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle") grapples with which of his parents' traditions to keep and which to reject. The screening is for members of the MFA's Friends of Film. The movie opens at the Coolidge Corner Theatre March 16.
The Harvard Film Archive is launching three film series this week. "Masterworks of World Cinema" features 11 films, including Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" (March 20) and Fritz Lang's 1931 "M," Tuesday at 7 p.m.
"Poetic Horror, Pop Existentialism and Cheap Sci-Fi: Cold War Cinema 1948-1964" features 12 films, including Alain Resnais's "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (April 11), Orson Welles's "The Trial" (April 18), and "The Wages of Fear," by Henri-Georges Clouzot, which screens Wednesday at 9 p.m.
The third HFA series is "Beyond Truth: Contemporary Nonfiction Cinema," which opens Friday with two films. Oliver Stone's 2003 "Comadante" is an extended interview with Fidel Castro about everything from his relationship with Che Guevara to his private life. That plays at 7 p.m.
At 9 p.m., it's "For Life Against the War Again," a 2006 collection of short works in opposition to the Iraq war. "For Life" was curated by filmmaker Lynn Sachs and includes films by Sachs, Somerville's Jeff Silva (who co-runs the local Balagan Experimental Film & Video Series), and Harvard professor Alfred Guzzetti, among others.
(Closing out the "Nonfiction" series will be Spike Lee's four-hour post-Katrina documentary "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," April 7, for free.)
The MFA is hosting new 35mm prints of four French classics over the next two months: 1967's "Two or Three Things I Know about Her" by Jean-Luc Godard, which has its first screening March 15; a complete digital restoration of the 1939 film "The Rules of the Game" by Jean Renoir, starting March 24; and 1953 's "The Earrings of Madame de . . . " by Max Ophüls, starting April 20.
The program begins Saturday at 4 p.m. with Jean Cocteau's 1946 film "Beauty and the Beast." Cocteau aimed to turn the traditional ideas of beauty on their head, writing at the time of the film's US premiere , "My story would concern itself mainly with the unconscious obstinacy with which women pursue the same type of man, and expose the naiveté of the old fairy tales that would have us believe that this type reaches its ideal in conventional good looks."
Leslie Brokaw can be reached at email@example.com.