There we were summer of 2018, roaming the cloisters of the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal, when news broke that Anthony Bourdain had died. I found solace, reading word of his suicide on my phone, in that we were doing exactly what he had spent the latter part of his life advocating we all do, which is to travel and see the world and meet fun, new people.
Three years later, I am exploring another region of the Bay Area, and a new documentary titled Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, is set to premiere on July 16.
Directed by Academy Award winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), the film tells of the life and career of the late celebrity chef and features interviews with the likes of David Chang and Éric Ripert, his BFF and frequent collaborator, with whom Bourdain was working on an episode of CNN’s Emmy- and Peabody-winning Parts Unknown in Strasbourg, France, during what became his final days.
Heads-up, Miamis: The Miami Film Society will be hosting, for members and press, an in-person screening of Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain at the Tower Theater on July 1. So, if you’re a member, get yo’ ticket, and if you are not, well, then…join. Support your local economy and the arts. It’s good for ya.
Be sure to look up any and every biosafety detail and expectation and safely get back out there and explore and behold, folks. It’s the recommend Bourdain would have served.
And always remember: It’s a long way, and you are not alone. You are not alone right now. Call a friend. Call 1800-273-TALK.