"It takes 50 to 60 tries to get a cocktail just right," says Stephen Carpentieri, owner of the classic neighborhood hangout, Dunville's in Westport, and cast member in the new HEY BARTENDER documentary released this Spring. "Cocktails are seeing a Renaissance." Hey Bartender tells the story of the bartender in the era of the craft cocktail and documents its comeback. Viewers will get a glimpse into the world’s most renowned bartenders and access to the most exclusive bars in New York City. Meet mixologists such as Jim Meehan from PDT in NYC, winner of the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Bar Program and Dale DeGroff, or "King Cocktail," as he is known in the industry, with commentary from Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco.
Hey Bartender will have an exclusive screening in Stamford at the Avon Theatre on July 10th @ 7:30PM. After the screening, there will be a Q&A that will include Westport natives Douglas Tirola (the director), Susan Bedusa (the producer), and Stephen Carpentieri (cast member/owner of Dunville's) as well as other filmmakers and cast members. The screening and Q&A will be at the Avon Theatre and the after party will be at Dunville's in Westport.
The film had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March and just had its theatrical release in New York City on June 7th to great success. Hey Bartender will be playing at theaters all over the US throughout the summer.
"I wanted to show how people view bartenders and how bartenders view themselves. What are bartenders’ dreams, aspirations; what goes through their minds as they make drinks and what they think about at the end of the night when they are on the way home by themselves," says the film director.
For ticket information, go to Avon's web site.
Dunvilles 41 Saugatuck Ave Westport, CT 06880 (203) 227-0511
Avon Theater 272 Bedford St Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 967-3660