James Beard Win for Minnesota Doc

James Beard Win for Minnesota Doc

The winners of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards for Books, Broadcast, and Journalism were just announced in New York City, and Minnesota filmmaker Jesse Roesler received the 2016 James Beard Award in Broadcast Media for best Documentary for his feature-length film, The Starfish Throwers.

Directed by Jesse Roesler and produced by Jesse Roesler and Melody Gilbert, The Starfish Throwers (click here to buy it on iTunes this instant) explores how, worlds apart, a five-star chef, a 12-year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher discover how their individual efforts ignite a movement in the fight against hunger.

“Being recognized among the James Beard Award nominees and winners is a thrilling honor and very meaningful to me personally,” said Jesse. “I’d like to thank everyone at the James Beard Foundation for recognizing and promoting thoughtful and important food-focused media; all those who helped us bring The Starfish Throwers to the screen; and the three brave subjects of the film for making our world a better place.”

As a Partner and Story Director at Bolster, a Minneapolis brand, story and experience agency; and Film Director at Credo Nonfiction, a soon-to-be-launched production company specializing in nonfiction content for brands, causes and editorial publishers; this honor means more delicious food filmmaking is on the way.

Jesse is currently at work on a new film, of which he hopes to make an episodic web series, called The Taste of Place. The new project will be a deliciously global adventure exploring our world’s most place-expressive foods such as wine, chocolate and honey—while also examining the slow but tragic loss of the flavors we love.

Known as "the Oscars of the food world," the James Beard Awards cover all aspects of the culinary industry from chefs and restaurateurs, to cookbook authors and food journalists, and more. The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in America.