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Pressure Cooker

Infamously blunt, Wilma Stephenson runs a "boot camp" teaching Culinary Arts at Frankford High, disciplining her students into capable chefs and responsible students. But behind her tough exterior is a teacher who cares passionately about getting the best out of her kids.
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Overview

Pressure Cooker profiles the lives of three high school seniors from Northeast Philadelphia, each with unique hardships but with the shared goal of winning scholarships to the country’s best culinary schools. Their unlikely hero is the irreverent culinary arts teacher, Mrs. Stephenson, whose teaching style is hilariously blunt.

About

Mark Becker produces, directs, shoots and edits documentaries in New York. As a filmmaker, Becker made the acclaimed Romántico, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, and received two Independent Spirit Award nominations (Best Documentary and Truer Than Fiction Award). Romántico was released theatrically in 2006 by Kino International. Becker was co-editor of Lost Boys of Sudan, winner of an Independent Spirit Award. He earned a Masters Degree from the Documentary Film Program at Stanford University.

By This Director

Before beginning production on Pressure Cooker, Jennifer Grausman produced six short films. In 2006, she was the production supervisor on The Killing Floor, an independent feature film. A graduate of the MFA film program at Columbia University, Grausman was honored with the 2005 Best Producer Award at the Columbia University Film Festival and the Arthur Krim Memorial Award in 2004. Prior to graduate school, she was the Manager of Exhibition and Film Funding at The Museum of Modern Art. She earned her BFA in Art History at Duke University.

By This Director

Pressure Cooker

01: Pressure Cooker

Infamously blunt, Wilma Stephenson runs a "boot camp" teaching Culinary Arts at Frankford High, disciplining her students into capable chefs and responsible students. But behind her tough exterior is a teacher who cares passionately about getting the best out of her kids.

99 min