What's Cooking?


1h 46m 2000

Brief Synopsis

Thanksgiving is celebrated by four families of different ethnic and economic backgrounds in contemporary Los Angeles. Flowing from table to table, kitchen to kitchen, each family cooks their meals and prepares for guests amidst swirling family tensions in the households of... Ronald, a spin doctor f

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Holiday
Release Date
2000
Distribution Company
Trimark Pictures
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Synopsis

Thanksgiving is celebrated by four families of different ethnic and economic backgrounds in contemporary Los Angeles. Flowing from table to table, kitchen to kitchen, each family cooks their meals and prepares for guests amidst swirling family tensions in the households of... Ronald, a spin doctor for a conservative governor, who heads the Williams, a seemingly picture-perfect American family. Anthony Avila is determined to have the whole family together for a traditional dinner even though his philandering Dad has left his mom, Elizabeth, who has begun a romance of her own. Ruth and Herb Seelig are struggling to cope with the fact that their daughter Rachel is a lesbian, home for the holidays with her "roommate" Carla. Ever since Trinh Nguyen made America her home, she feels like she's losing her kids. But finding condoms in her daughter Jenny's jacket is the least of her worries... The families all contend with similar household issues as the prepare for the onslaught of family and friends.

Crew

David Abbitt

Production Accountant

Scott C Adams

Other

Athena Alexander

Assistant Director

Carrie Angland

Makeup Assistant

Marc Arceneaux

Makeup Assistant

Tony Asher

Song

Eddie Avila

Other

Dave Azzoto

Special Thanks To

Ben Barsky

Driver

Teague Barto

Other

Emily Baydos

Dialogue Editor

Morgan Treven Bedwell

Swing Gang

Leslie Belzberg

Special Thanks To

Jody Berges

Special Thanks To

Paul Mayeda Berges

Associate Producer

Paul Mayeda Berges

Screenplay

Paul Mayeda Berges

Unit Director

Ronald Berges

Special Thanks To

Brian Berkel

Props

Robert Berryhill

Song

Stuart Blatt

Production Designer

Bobby Bodnar

Props

Holly Brand

On-Set Dresser

Laura Branosky

Art Assistant

Michael Britt

Photography

Jesse Brown

Props

Janis Mayeda Burges

Special Thanks To

Anthony M Cady

Grip

Brian Cantwell

Song

Brian Carman

Song

Ricardo Carrillo

Electrician

Conan Castro

Production Assistant

Eduardo Castro

Costume Designer

Balwant Kaur Chadha

Special Thanks To

Gurinder Chadha

Screenplay

Gurinder Chadha

Associate Producer

Gurinder Chadha

Song

Sardar Bhajan Singh Chadha

Other

Dorene Chavez

Other

Jose Chavez

Production Assistant

Sooduk Chung

Grip

James Clausman

Props

Therese Clinton

Craft Service

Steve Colgrove

Electrician

Patrick Connolly

Song

Bradford Criag

Special Thanks To

Heather Cummings

Makeup Assistant

Matthew Curry

Assistant Camera Operator

Ryan Davidson

Adr

Greg Davis

Assistant Camera Operator

Ken Day

Camera

Sterfon Demmings

Hair Stylist

Emily Dixon

Other

Steve Dontanville

Special Thanks To

Ken Dufva

Foley Artist

Andre Ellingson

Special Effects Coordinator

Mark Emerson

Other

Ronald Eng

Dialogue Editor

Paul Feddersen

Transportation Captain

William M. Fiege

Sound Mixer

Eric Fierstein

Location Manager

Rhoda Fine

Other

Marty Fink

Special Thanks To

Dawn Fleischman

Assistant Camera Operator

David Forrest

Co-Executive Producer

Rick Franklin

Sound Supervisor

James Fuller

Song

Michael Furster

Carpenter

Rick Ghaly

Production Assistant

Jerry Gilbert

Music Editor

Abe Glazer

Executive Producer

Betsy Glick

Costumes

David Grace

Line Producer

David Grace

Unit Production Manager

David Grace

Post-Production

Kimberly Green

Wardrobe Supervisor

Greg Grgath

Props

Michael Gublin

Grip

Brian Hahn

Swing Gang

Janice Hampton

Editor

Kevin Haskins

Production Assistant

Annette Hawley

Production Assistant

Laurie White Hayball

Camera Operator

Cathy Henderson

Casting Director

Guy Herman

Props

Melissa Hibbard

Art Director

Sam Hill

Assistant Director

Gregory Hobson

Music Editor

Amanda Hollingworth

Special Thanks To

Matt Holloway

Set Production Assistant

Marcus Hu

Special Thanks To

Sally Hunter

Special Thanks To

Ethan Hurt

Executive Producer

Jody Hutchins

Grip

Susan Hutchinson

Other

Doug Jackson

Sound Editor

Alkarim Jivani

Special Thanks To

Angela Johnson

Makeup Artist

Bill Johnson

Carpenter

Fred Johnston

Driver

Courtney Jones

Key Grip

Paul Cloeka Kapellas

Office Assistant

Laurel E Kelly

Hair

Jason Kemp

Set Production Assistant

Timothy Khan

Special Thanks To

Susan King

Props Assistant

Melissa Kinnicutt

Production Assistant

Carol Kitinski

Craft Service

Dan Kneece

Camera Operator

Steven D Kravitz

Executive Producer

Giovanni Lampassi

Gaffer

Kerry Lane

Production Assistant

Curt Larson

Transportation Co-Captain

Julius Leflore

Stunt Coordinator

Melissa Levander

Set Decorator

Stuart Lillas

Assistant Camera

Mike Locke

Transportation Coordinator

Rick Locke

Driver

Christian Lopez

Other

Mike Love

Song

Doug Maclaren

Special Thanks To

Chris Marneus

Foreman

Matthew Martin

Carpenter

Paula Maslowski

Art Department

Peter Mathus

Other

Mato

Color Timer

Takashi Matsubara

Other

Greg Mauer

Foley Mixer

Kumiko Mayeda

Special Thanks To

Toshio Mayeda

Special Thanks To

Sean Maytum

Other

Kevin Mccown

Props

Bruce D Mcdonald

Electrician

Edward Meeker

Assistant Location Manager

Jose Merino

Other

Jonathan Merrison

Special Thanks To

Ean Meving

Production Assistant

Dana Michaelsen

Assistant Production Accountant

Joe Michalski

Boom Operator

Susan Micras

Assistant

Steve Mitchell

Set Designer

Helen Monaghan

Wardrobe Supervisor

Carina Moore

Driver

Eric Moore

Best Boy

Basil Moore-asfouri

Special Thanks To

Ronnie Morgan

Effects Assistant

Jerry Mundy

Electrician

Anthony J Nahar

Production Assistant

Kathy Nanez

Special Thanks To

Chuck Neely

Sound Editor

Howard Nelman

Sound Editor

Danny Nelson

Driver

Donal Nelson

Boom Operator

Nelson Noguera

Other

Bruce Nyznik

Adr Supervisor

Bruce Nyznik

Dialogue Editor

Hugo R Ocana

Driver

Tasha Oldman

Script Supervisor

Floyd Olson

Electrician

Wendy Palmer

Assistant Director

Gay Perello

Property Master

Steve Piacenza

Props Assistant

Bill Pollina

Special Thanks To

Srdjan Popovic

Boom Operator

Jojo Proud

Hair Assistant

Ben Pruess

Song Performer

Craig Pruess

Song

Craig Pruess

Song Performer

Craig Pruess

Music

Daryl Pruess

Song Performer

Susan Pusateri

Foley Artist

Rebecca Quiroz

Casting Associate

Andre Ramirez

Grip

Paul Ratajczak

Rerecording

David Reese

Best Boy Grip

Matt Reyes

Song

Benjamin Rivera

Driver

Beau Rogers

Co-Executive Producer

Michael Rogers

Music Supervisor

Joan Rowe

Foley Artist

Lori Rozman

Hair Stylist

Manuel Ruiz

Driver

Nathaniel Rundle

Set Production Assistant

Dan Russell

Song

Garner Ryan

Carpenter

Karen R Sachs

Production Supervisor

Janice Sakamoto

Special Thanks To

Chris Santini

Construction Coordinator

Michelle Satter

Special Thanks To

Rik Sciacca

Props

Momita Sengupta

Special Thanks To

Michael Shea

Assistant Director

Geoff Shotz

Electrician

Charles Simons

Dolly Grip

Steve Sollars

Boom Operator

Michael Spiatalette

Other

Bob Spicard

Song

Scott Steele

Steadicam Operator

Erick D Steinway

Swing Gang

Suzette Stotts

Other

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Holiday
Release Date
2000
Distribution Company
Trimark Pictures
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Co-winner of the 2001 Artios Award for Feature Film - Independent by the Casting Society of America (CSA).

Released in United States August 2000

Released in United States Fall November 17, 2000

Released in United States January 2000

Released in United States November 2000

Released in United States October 2000

Released in United States on Video April 10, 2001

Released in United States on Video April 20, 2001

Shown at Dinard Festival of British Cinema October 5-8, 2000.

Shown at London Film Festival (Gala Films) November 1-16, 2000.

Shown at Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City August 2-6, 2000.

American directorial debut for British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha who marked her feature directorial debut with "Bhaji on the Beach" (United Kingdom/1993).

Project developed at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters' Workshop January 1997.

Released in United States January 2000 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Opening Night/ Premieres) January 20-30, 2000.)

Released in United States on Video April 10, 2001

Released in United States on Video April 20, 2001

Released in United States August 2000 (Shown at Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City August 2-6, 2000.)

Released in United States October 2000 (Shown at Dinard Festival of British Cinema October 5-8, 2000.)

Released in United States November 2000 (Shown at London Film Festival (Gala Films) November 1-16, 2000.)

Released in United States Fall November 17, 2000