We see a lot of movies over the course of a year in Austin Texas. Right around a hundred and fifty on average.
It’s easy to do.
Join Austin Film Society, become a film fan at The Paramount, hit the Alamo’s website everyday, follow the goings on at the Harry Ransom Center, check in on UT’s Cinemateque offerings….keep your ear to the ground for the various renegade film offerings that different coffee shops and public spaces put on on a weekly basis.
Which brings us to local film maker Christian Remde. We are standing in a parking lot in East Austin talking shop with a stranger who mentions Remde and his ambitious maneuverings in Austin’s film scene.
We then seek out and write up his short doc; Farm To Trailer, on chef Bryce Gilmore of Odd Duck and Barley Swine fame here:
Apparently Mr. Remde is not going to leave it at that, as he’s now put out a new short on local meat purveyors, the Kocureks. It’s called Charcuterie and can be viewed here:
Larry Kocurek gets straight down to business by breaking down the history of charcuterie and then extolling the virtues of the common hog: “I think the pig gets all the attention cause it’s such a versatile animal. You can bake it, you can broil it, you can barbecue it you can smoke it, you can fry it, you can confit it. You can do so many things with this one animal.”
We picture Peta members running screaming down the street at this point if they are to somehow come across this film.
But Kocurek speaks the truth.
The nobility of the pig and its myriad uses for the supper table have been ably documented for years.
There is no finer creature when it comes eating time.
The film moves along and then we’re treated to Kocurek making a giant blood sausage under the watchful gaze of the Stepford Wives [?].
We love the brief shots of some guy who look like he was abducted from a Slayer show, given a knife and told to start sawing on some meat.
The genesis of the family business is then delineated [ mama Kocurek gets pregnant, papa Kocurek loses his job, mama Kocurek has a meat based epiphany and the business takes off ] to good effect.
It’s a classic American boot straps tale. One we never grow tired hearing.
Larry Kocurek ends the piece with a romantic tale of Spain and how the European vacation he and his wife took changed their life.
Their dream of owning a tiny pig farm in Spain really resonates. Sustainable, pragmatic living filled with work and delicious food.
Christian Remde does a beautiful job capturing the Kocurek family.Their hopes and dreams are common ones that many of us share but committing this to film in a compelling way is no small feat.
We’re already looking forward to Mr. Remde’s next film.
His website is here: