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Gourmet Baby | 2001 | 14'42 | English

An idiosyncratic inter-generational relationship plays out across the dining table. A lonely, middle-aged bachelor finds in his niece the perfect dining companion and indulges her in fine dining experiences designed to refine her tastes. However, no amount of fine dining can stop his protégé’s exertion of individuality. This is a tale on the meditation of table manners, old and new.

Screening History: In competition, 24th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France, 2002); Opening film, 15th Singapore International Film Festival (2002); 39th New York Film Festival (USA, 2001); 21st Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada, 2002)

Sandi Tan
A graduate of Film Studies at the University of Kent in England, Sandi landed the job of film critic at Singapore's largest daily, The Straits Times, at age 21. On the side, she directed plays, gave talks, organized screenings and made short films. In 1997, Sandi won the top arts grant from the National Arts Council of Singapore and went to New York to study film in Columbia University. Her short films have played at festivals in New York, Clermont-Ferrand and Sydney. She has also written several feature-length screenplays and is developing a feature film expansion of her short Gourmet Baby, now set in New York City. Currently, she is developing Pulling Faces, a Singapore comedy about a pair of grumpy, middle aged brothers, which she will direct. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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