Seared, The Journey of a Chef, is one of the most inspiring and touching short films we have seen in a while: Beaten by a life of injustice and crime, a young man’s plan to end it all turns into a life of renewed hope and a passionate career as a chef.
Moody Communications professor Bob Gustafson collaborated with his son, Ben, and several volunteers on this short film that was shown in a dozen film festivals as far away as London.
Some of the awards won by Seared include:
VSO Award Best Integration of Music | Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Best Illinois Short | Beloit International Film Festival
Audience Choice | Highbridge Film Festival
Best of Fest | Shawnee Shorts Midwestern Film Festival
Best of Fest | Afterimage Film Festival
Best Documentary Short | Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival
TMFF Film Festival
London International Film Festival
Flatirons Food Film Festival
Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
NYC Food Film Fest
Illinois International Film Festival
Catlow Film Festival
According to Moody, in making the short film, Gustafson interviewed the subject and edited the story, while his son did the cinematography. The father and son told a story of family values that wouldn’t alienate their intended audience, the arts community. “If we could sprinkle in that here’s a life that once was lost and now was found, and beneath the waterline there was a praying mother, that to me was a win,” he says.
If you’ve enjoyed watching Seared, you can find the complete archive of crime, mystery, horror and thriller short films on Mystery Tribune here.