You can't be my enemy while you're seated at my table.
A filmmaker, author, cinematographer, producer, director, and still photographer.
My work has won an Emmy, a Peabody, a James Beard Award, and two Academy Award nominations.
How did you come to do what you do?
After graduating from college with a dual degree in photography and film, I started a film company with Ken Burns and Buddy Squires. We all share a passion for filmmaking and thus tend to pursue independent projects. Through my wife, Dorothy Kalins, creator of Saveur, and producer of cookbooks, I became very involved in the culinary community, and traveled to Israel, on a culinary trip, with my camera and my skepticism. However, once I experienced the country and its food, I wanted to capture the experience and share it with others. The result was In Search of Israeli Cuisine, a documentary film that captures a portrait of the Israeli people told through food.
What is your favorite Jewish holiday or tradition?
There are very few holidays I observe, but Passover holds special memories for me, as large, rowdy, family gatherings.
What is your favorite food that you associate with Judaism?
What is your earliest memory of being Jewish?
I don't have one, really. I was always surrounded by it but mostly identify as Jew-ish.
How do you incorporate Judaism into your daily life?
I don't. When Meirav reached out and we had our original email exchange, it was the first time I had wished anyone Shabbat Shalom!
In Search of Israeli Cuisine opens Friday, March 24th in NYC. We encourage you to see the film.
Check out the full story, on the Blog, to learn more about Roger and In Search of Israeli Cuisine.