"DISH: Women Waitressing & The Art of Service" delves into Toronto's diners, Montreal's "sexy restos," Paris' haute eateries, and Tokyo's fantasy "maid bars" in an insider's look at gender, power, and the art of service. Former waitress and Gemini award-winning director Maya Gallus dines out and dishes the dirt with waitresses, restaurant owners, and maitre d's about the demands of the job. From the hustle of a busy truck stop to the discreet hush of a Parisian house of fine dining,
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Meet the Filmmaker
Maya Gallus is a Gemini Award winning director. Gallus has just completed "The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche," an hour long documentary-drama biography, produced in co-production with The National Film Board of Canada. Prior to that, she premiered "DISH:Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service" at Hot Docs 2010 and it played internationally at festivals including One World International Human Rights Film Festival, Dok Leipzig, Bergen International Film Festival, Cuenca Women in Direction Film Festival, RIDM, St John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Citizen Jane and the Vermont International Film Festival.
In 2008 Maya won the Gemini for Best Direction In A Documentary for her feature-length documentary, "Girl Inside." Gallus’s provocative feature-length documentary "Erotica: A Journey Into Female Sexuality" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at numerous international festivals. Her first film, "Elizabeth Smart: On The Side of the Angels," which she produced, directed and wrote, premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival, and screened at the TIFF, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, Canada House, UK, Festival des Films Sur L’Art, and others. It won Best Production of the Festival, Best Documentary and Best Editing at the Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards, as well as Best Narration at the Atlantic Film Festival and was nominated for a Gemini for Best Direction. Other credits include the six part series "Punch Like a Girl" - for which she and co-director Justine Pimlott received two Gemini Nominations for Best Direction, co-producer/writer on the award-winning "Fag Hags: Women Who Love Gay Men" and co-producer on the ever-popular "Cat City."
Maya Gallus on her doc "Girl Inside"
Justine Pimlott made her directorial debut in 2000 with her film Laugh In The Dark, which won the Best Social Issue Documentary Award at Hot Docs & Best Canadian Film at the Inside Out Film & Video Festival in Toronto. With Maya Gallus, Justine formed Red Queen Productions in 2002, and co-created, co-produced and co-directed the critically acclaimed six part reality series on women’s boxing Punch Like A Girl. Justine also directed the award-winning Fag Hags: Women Who Love Gay Men, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Inside Out Film & Video Festival and the Audience Award for Best Canadian Film at the Reel Out Festival. In 2007, Justine produced Girl Inside, a feature length documentary directed by Maya Gallus.
Justine’s recent director credit is Cat City, an hour-long documentary that takes the viewer into the heart of the issue of cat overpopulation in Canada. Justine has also directed several episodes of a 13-part reality series, Fire Station, for the Discovery Channel, and Chasing The Dream, a pre-Olympic one hour special for CBC Sports on international women’s hockey. Producer credits include: Laugh In The Dark, Punch Like A Girl, Fag Hags: Women Who Love Gay Men, Girl Inside, Cat City, Dish: Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service, and The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche.