Thursday, November 16
Followed by Q&A with the director
Directed by Joanna James, “A Fine Line” tells the story about mother Valerie James’s journey as a restaurant and chef owner. The film focuses on gender equality and wage parity in the workplace through her mother’s experience owning and operating Val’s Restaurant & Lounge in Holden. Joanna grew up working alongside her mother in the family business that inspired her to share her mother’s uplifting and hopeful story. Joanna discovered upon researching “A Fine Line” that her mother was one of only 6 percent of U.S. restaurant owners who are women. It was then she decided hear other women’s perspectives as successful female chefs including Cat Cora, the first female Iron Chef Champion, Elena Arzak, one of a few female three-Michelin-starred chefs in the world, and Dominique Crenn, the first female two-Michelin-starred chef in the U.S. Joanna elegantly brings gender equality issues to light with the hopes of increasing career advancement for women worldwide.