541 - Place For Community
Leah, program chef at community Kitchen 541 must cook to help support a community in need of food and a place to call home.
541 - A Place for Community is a short 6 minute student documentary following program Chef Leah Janzen as she dedicates herself to 541 - Eatery and Exchange, a community kitchen in the downtown area of Hamilton, Ontario. Our story dives deep into restaurant culture here at 541, where we meet people from all walks of life. Some people call this place their hangout spot, others call it home. Our team has been greatly effected by making this documentary and we wish to continue to help share 541's story with everyone so in some way as filmmakers we have helped create change in the community of Hamilton.
"I think this place has affected me maybe more than any other place that I've just interacted with... yeah, I think I realized that the world is more than I thought it was." - Chef Leah
Meet the crew!
Scott Edward Morris - Producer
Scott Morris is a third year BFTV student, his specialties include writing, producing and when he can, directing. He’s very proud to have the opportunity to work with such talented students at film school that motivate him to work harder and improve his storytelling abilities. His work along with his colleagues have already started circulating at various film festivals across the globe.
Gabriel Dinardo - Co Director and Director of Photography
Gabriel is a third year BFTV student at Sheridan College specializing in Cinematography and Directing. Food has always played an important role in his life, through working in the kitchen as a line cook to producing videos for clients in the industry.
Alex Chung - Boom Operator and Sound Mixer
Alex is a third year Bachelor of FIlm and Television student at Sheridan College, he specializes in sound mixing and cinematography. Alex is excited to share his talent and creativity through this project, because he loves the community and believes there's power in film story-telling that can change society. His goal is to work in the film industry and tell stories that are meaningful to an audience.
Benton Stringer- Editor
Benton is a third year Film student specializing in editing. He has a passion for running, editing, and cooking. And loves to combine his interests to make short cooking videos for his Youtube channel, and make food for friends and family.
Amanda Wright - Co Director
Amanda Wright is a third year BFTV student at Sheridan College specializing in Directing and Cinematography. Food has always been important to her as it was a staple in her relationship with her late father. She is excited to co direct this doc about 541 as she thinks their story, and Leah’s story, needs to be shared with the people not only of 541, but with whoever will watch
Winnie Murphy - Assistant Camera
Winnie is the in her third year of Film and Television Production at Sheridan College. Winnie is specializing in cinematography and writing. She believes its important to have nonprofit restaurants and businesses to help those less fortunate and keep communities flourishing.
Brennan DeBurger - Location Sound Mixer and Sound Editor
Brennan is a third year Film and Television student at Sheridan College and specializes in audio post-production. Brennan has a passion for both the technical and artistic aspects of the craft. His goal is to pursue a career in post-sound and continue working on projects like this one, helping to share rich and impactful stories with audiences at large.