Hot Dog Documentary "Footlong"
schedules final shoot date at Windmill Restaurant, Saturday, October 2nd, 1999.
Almost three years and 140 hours of footage
in the making, "Footlong" will conclude its shooting schedule
at the hot dog eating contest at The Windmill in Long Branch, NJ, October
2nd. Co-Producer Chris Patak will be participating in the contest in-between
interviews with the owners of the Jersey Shore landmark.
"Well, we started almost three years
ago covering the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Competition so it seemed fitting
to end our project at an eating contest. Also, Co-Producer Gerry Beyer,
said, "...it's time for a little payback". Beyer was entered
into the Nathan's contest in '97 and '98. He presently resides in Ocean
Grove, while Patak lives in Jersey City.
Chris Patak and Gerry Beyer, producers of
the hot dog documentary "Footlong", have traveled across the
country in their customized Chevy van, investigating America's beloved
hot dog. From New York to Los Angeles, Chicago to New Orleans, the filmmakers
have captured the history of the hot dog and its' impact on American culture,
past and present. "I really think that people take the hot dog presence
in their lives for granted," observes Beyer.
Through visits to hot dog stands, festivals
and historical sites throughout the country, Patak and Beyer will comment
on the distinct influence of the hot dog. "When we started talking
to people about the concept we realized that everyone has a hot dog story.
Whether it brings back childhood memories or simply thoughts of fireworks
last fourth of July, it becomes a personal connection," notes Patak.
"We visited historical hot dog sites
and talked to vendors while visiting all the infamous hot dog stands across
the country," Beyer mentions. "Then there's hot dog festivals,
a recently established Hot Dog Hall of Fame and a Hot Dog Ministry. NASA
also recently approved hot dogs for consumption in outer space. There are
numerous avenues we have to explore."
"It has the potential to play to a big
audience because it's such a universal, yet intriguing, topic," interprets
Patak. With Americans consuming 20 billion hot dogs a year (that's 60
per person; men, women and children), "Footlong" is a film everyone
can relate to. An educational tour-de-force, filled with humor and appetizing
anecdotes, "Footlong" will engage every audience.
"To understand America, you must look
at the hot dog," says "Footlong" Producer Gerry Beyer.
For more information contact:
(718) 768-8648, fax (718) 832-9815
e-mail: CRPatak@att.net or email@example.com