For Grace is now streaming on Netflix!

For Grace: Music from the Documentary featuring music by The Hudson Branch is now available for purchase from Bandcamp, Amazon and iTunes

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About The Film

Curtis Duffy, one of the country's most renowned chefs, is building his dream restaurant at the worst time of his personal life. Already the recipient of two coveted stars from the Michelin Guide, Duffy has ambitions for his Chicago restaurant Grace to become the best in the country. But his laser focus at his cooking career cost Duffy his marriage and two young daughters.

"For Grace" is the revealing feature-length documentary by Chicago filmmakers Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski. The film follows the building of Grace from concrete box to its opening night, showing as few films have before the exacting standards required in luxury dining. It’s a story about food, family, balance and sacrifice. It also revisits Duffy's turbulent childhood: How a middle school home economics teacher recognized cooking talent in a troubled teenager, how an unimaginable tragedy made Duffy seek refuge in the kitchen, and how cooking ultimately exacted a price.

Former Chicago Tribune dining reporter/filmmaker Kevin Pang and filmmaker Mark Helenowski spent four years filming, editing and producing their debut documentary. Featuring music by Chicago band The Hudson Branch.

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"...An impressively slick and surprisingly captivating piece of work."
—Joe Leydon, Variety
"One of the best movies about the restaurant industry I've seen ... I can't stop thinking about it."
—Marcus Leshock, WGN-TV
"An elegant, moving film about the healing power of art, in this case, art you can eat." 
—Peter Sagal, host of NPR's 'Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!"
"'For Grace' is sweet and brutal and smart and beautiful. If ever a movie made you root for a chef, a restaurant, and a human being, this is the one  but the film manages that trick without a single false step or maudlin frame. Every emotion it provokes, from devastating sadness to supreme euphoria, is earned the old-fashioned way: through great storytelling."
—Jeff Ruby, Chicago magazine


The Filmmakers

Kevin Pang spent 11 years on staff at the Chicago Tribune. He is a five-time nominee for the James Beard Foundation Award, including a 2010 win for his TV series “The Cheeseburger Show.” Kevin now writes for The New York Times, Lucky Peach, Vanity Fair and has contributed to "This American Life." 

Mark Helenowski is a Chicago-based filmmaker. He received a Student Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and he has created commercial web content for Gatorade, Nike, Virgin and United Way. This is his first feature-length film.


Theatrical Screenings


We're excited to be taking part in a number of film festivals over the coming months. Our world premiere took place at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in the Documentary Spotlight category.


Friday March 13   Alamo Ritz   9:15p
Sunday March 15   Alamo Lamar B   9p
Friday March 20   Stateside Theatre   11a

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

Saturday April 11   St. Anthony Main Theatre 2   4:40p
Sunday April 12   St. Anthony Main Theatre 5   5:45p

Nashville Film Festival

Friday April 17   Green Hills Cinema 14   8:45p
Saturday April 18   Green Hills Cinema 3   11a

Hot Docs (Toronto)

Sunday April 26   Scotiabank Theatre 3   7p
Tuesday April 28   ROM Theatre   3:15p
Saturday May 2   Fox Theatre   4:15p

Bentonville Film Festival

Thursday May 7   Rogers Little Theater    2:30p

Seattle International Film Festival

Friday May 15   SIFF Cinema Uptown   6p
Sunday May 17   AMC Pacific Place 11   3:45p

Documentary Edge (New Zealand)

May 20 - June 1   Auckland

Thursday May 28   The Loft at Q Theatre   8:45p
Saturday May 30 Rangatira at Q Theatre 10:15a
Monday June 1   The Loft at Q Theatre   8:15p

June 3 - June 14   Wellington

Friday June 5   Cinema 1 at Roxy   8p
Monday June 8
Cinema 1 at Roxy 12p
Saturday June 13   Cinema 1 at Roxy 12p

SF DocFest (San Francisco)

Sunday June 7   Vogue Theatre   4:45p
Sunday June 14   Roxie Theatre   9:15p
Tuesday June 16   Roxie Theatre   7p

Best of Hot Docs (Vancouver)

Friday June 12   Vancity Theatre   6:30p

Niagara Integrated Film Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake/St. Catharines, Ontario)

Friday June 19   Peller Estates   9:30p
Saturday June 20   Landmark Cinemas 3:30p

Indy Film Fest (Indianapolis)

Monday July 20   Toby Theater   3:30p
Thursday July 23   Toby Theater   7p

Melbourne International Film Festival

Monday August 10   Treasury Theatre   6:30p
Saturday August 15   Kino 1   11:15a

Destiny City Film Festival (Tacoma, WA)

Sunday August 30   Blue Mouse Theatre   3p

Long Beach International Film Festival (Rockville Centre, NY)

Saturday September 26   Madison Theatre   3p

Edmonton International Film Festival

Tuesday October 6   Landmark Cinemas City Centre 9   4p
Saturday October 10   Landmark Cinemas City Centre 9   11a

Doctober (Bellingham, WA)

Monday October 12   Pickford Film Center   6:30p
Saturday October 17   Pickford Film Center   12p

Tallgrass Film Festival (Wichita, KS)

Friday October 16   Wichita Center for the Arts   12:30p
Saturday October 17   Wichita Art Museum   3:30p

Chicago International Film Festival

Sunday October 18   AMC River East 21   8:15p
Thursday October 22   AMC River East 21   3:30p
Monday October 26   AMC River East 21   5:30p

Grand River Film Festival (Cambridge, ON, Canada)

Friday November 6   UW School of Architecture   9:15p

Devour! The Food Film Fest (Wolfville, NS, Canada)

Sunday November 8   Al Whittle Theatre   1p

Napa Valley Film Festival

Wednesday November 11   Farmstead Theater (St. Helena)   1:45p
Thursday November 12   Cameo Cinema (St. Helena)   5p
Friday November 13   Uptown Theatre (Napa)   10a


Wednesday November 18   IFC Center   9:30p

Special Presentation: Columbus, Ohio Premiere

Monday, December 14   AMC Easton Town Center 30   7:30p
Tuesday, December 15   AMC Easton Town Center 30   12:30p

Icicle Creek Documentary Series (Leavenworth, WA)

Thursay, January 14 2016   Snowy Owl Theater 7:00p

Midwest Independent Film Festival (Chicago)

Tuesday, February 2 2016   Landmark Century Centre Cinema   7:30p

Apple Store: Meet the Filmmakers Event (Chicago non-screening)

Thursday, February 4 2016   Michigan Avenue Apple Store   6p

Hong Kong Culinary Film Festival (Hong Kong)

Saturday February 27 2016   Phoenix Club @ UA iSQUARE 3:15p
Sunday February 28 2016   UA Cityplaza    7:30p
Saturday March 12 2016    UA Cityplaza 7:30p

Friday May 20 2016   The Ritz-Carlton Chicago   7:30p

Mendocino Film Festival

Sunday May 29 2016   Balo Vineyards (Philo, CA)   5p

Lucy Daniels Center (Raleigh, NC)

Sunday September 25, 2016   Marbles/Imax Theatre   3p


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While in production on the documentary, Kevin Pang wrote "His Saving Grace," a profile of Curtis Duffy in the Chicago Tribune.

The story was anthologized in the 2013 edition of the Best Food Writing series. Click on the picture to read the story.



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