The Dishwasher

A Film by Nick Hartanto & Sam Roden

Synopsis

Nicolás, a Mexican immigrant, is a dishwasher at a fine dining restaurant in New York. When his head chef challenges him to find handmade tortillas for a surprise addition to their menu, Nicolás jumps at the opportunity to prove himself, embarking on a quest that ultimately tests the very limits of his ambition.

Director

  • Picture of Nick Hartanto & Sam Roden © Nick Hartanto, Sam Roden, Nicolas Syracuse

    Nick Hartanto & Sam Roden

    Nick Hartanto and Sam Roden are based in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, respectively. They premiered their debut feature documentary "Traveler" at the 2016 Ashland Independent Film Festival, followed by their short documentary "King of the Rails" which premiered at the 2017 Big Sky Documentary Festival. There latest short film “The Dishwasher” is colored by Hartanto and Roden's first hand experiences working as line cooks at multiple fine dining restaurants, including a Michelin rated restaurant, and working for celebrity chefs in New York and San Francisco. Their commercial clients include Condé Nast Traveler, Netflix, West Elm, Adult Swim, GQ, FiveThirtyEight & Wieden+Kennedy.

Awards + Festivals

  • *SPECIAL JURY MENTION IN THE BEST SHORT NARRATIVE CATEGORY*
    17th TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Streetwise Program, World Premiere, New York, USA) April 26, 2019
  • *GOLD WINNER FOR BEST SHORT - DRAMA*
    1st QUEEN PALM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palm Springs, CA, USA)July 13, 2019
  • 15th TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Traverse City, MI, USA)July 30, 2019
  • 4th MONMOUTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Red Bank, New Jersey, USA)August 8, 2019
  • 15th MOLISECINEMA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Casacalenda, Italy)August 8, 2019
  • 4th KINEMATIC SHORTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moscow, Russia)September 5, 2019
  • *BEST ACTOR* *BEST DARK COMEDY*
    UNDO DIVERGENT FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Arlington, MA, USA)September 10, 2019
  • *BEST NARRATIVE SHORT*
    7th KNOXVILLE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)September 13, 2019
  • 20th CALGARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Calgary, AB, Canada)September 18, 2019
  • 20th PORT TOWNSEND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Port Townsend, WA, USA)September 20, 2019
  • *BEST SHORT*
    4th REVOLUTION ME FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, NY, USA)September 27, 2019
  • 6th OVER-THE-RHINE INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cincinnati, OH, USA)October 2, 2019
  • 16th 15 SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Charlotte, NC, USA)October 5, 2019
  • 13th BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Buffalo, New York, USA)October 10, 2019
  • 6th CROWN HEIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brooklyn, NY, USA)October 10, 2019
  • 4th FECIS - SALTO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Salto, Uruguay)October 14, 2019
  • 9th DEVOUR! THE FOOD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wolfville, NS, Canada)October 22, 2019
  • 8th WASHINGTON WEST FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Reston, VA, USA)October 24, 2019
  • 2nd ST NEOTS FILM FESTIVAL - YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Saint Neots, United Kingdom)November 6, 2019
  • 9th AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lagos, Nigeria)November 10, 2019
  • NITEHAWK SHORTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brooklyn, NY, USA)November 18, 2019
  • 3rd INTERNATIONAL ARCTIC FILM FESTIVAL "ARCTIC OPEN" (Official Selection, Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation)December 4, 2019
  • 6th BORREGO SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Borrego Springs, CA, USA)January 16, 2020
  • 15th BELOIT INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beloit, United States)February 21, 2020

Trailer

Crew

Director
Nick Hartanto, Sam Roden
Screenplay
Nick Hartanto, Sam Roden
Producer
Nick Hartanto, Sam Roden
Director of Photography
Nick Hartanto
Art Direction
Kevin Deck
Sound
Alistair Farrant
Editor
Sam Roden
Sound Design
Owen Granich Young
Music
Adam Baker

Cast

Nicolás
Kevin Balmore
Chef Lawrence
Elisha Yaffe
Ricardo
Teddy Cañez
Abuela
Arisleyda Lombert
Todd
Richie Moriarty

Details

Running Time
12:34 min
Shooting Format
4K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9 (matted to 2.35:1)
Sound
Stereo, 5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCER / DIRECTOR

Sam Roden
1-415-335-1346
sroden@gmail.com
www.rodanti.com/