The Good, The Bad, The Hungry

Gala

World Premiere

USA | 77 MINUTES

THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE HUNGRY

Documentary, Food, Sports
America’s independence isn’t the only reason to celebrate on the 4th of July. For residents and visitors on Coney Island, the date is synonymous with the nationally televised Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, a.k.a. the “Super Bowl of competitive eating.” The annual frankfurter consumption extravaganza even has its own “Magic versus Bird”: Japan’s Takeru “Kobi” Kobayashi and Californian Joey Chestnut. Their rivalry is deeper than cooked franks and water-drenched buns. Kobi and Joey’s competition is the stuff of vintage sporting drama, hot dogs and all, tackling personal challenges and questions about what it means to be an “American hero.”

In this documentary, filmmaker Nicole Lucas Haimes analyzes competitive eating’s most storied pair through lively and candid interviews with both competitors. She approaches an event that—let’s be frank—isn’t taken seriously by most people with earnestness and wide-eyed fascination, constructing both an insightful primer on a niche sport and an endearing humanization of two unconventional athletes.

—Matt Barone



CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes

Nicole Lucas Haimes is an award-winning filmmaker known for her humorous, heartfelt, and visually evocative storytelling. Projects include the Emmy®-nominated Cracking The Code, PopSugar’s Conquered, and the documentary Chicken People, a New York Times Critics’ Pick that premiered at SXSW in 2016.
Director
Nicole Lucas Haimes
Producer
Tiffany Reis
Cinematographer
Martina Radwan
Editor
Tom Putnam
Cast
Takeru Kobayashi, Joey Chestnut, George Shea

CONTACTS

Print Source
Shelley Tabor
ESPN Films
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 646-547-5933
shelley.tabor@espn.com
Press Contact
Jennifer Christie
ESPN
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 646 547 5840
Jennifer.Christie@espn.com