Back of the House

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8 Sep , 2020   Posted by: lkornmehl


“Back of the House” is a short documentary film about the vital and undervalued role immigrants play in the restaurant industry. The film explores the strength of five Hispanic immigrants and tells their stories coming to and working in the United States. In addition to the personal narratives, three leaders in immigration law and policy: Susan Church, Vincent Rougeau, and Brian Lang bring a unique perspective on how immigration has affected them.

Film Details

Director: Lia F. Kornmehl

Writer: Lia F. Kornmehl

Year of Release: 2017

Running Time: 22:46

New England Connection: Lia Kornmehl grew up and currently lives in Newton, Massachusetts. She also attended Massachusetts schools until going to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Director(s) Bio:: Lia Kornmehl is from Newton, Massachusetts and a sophomore at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME studying government and religion. She has created two short documentaries: Back of the House (2017), about the vital role that immigrants play in the United States restaurant industry, and Commitment (2019), which celebrates the 15th anniversary of the first same-sex weddings in the United States and explores the pain, purpose, and progress that led to the legalization and actualization of same-sex marriage. Back of the House has been used as an educational tool at the Winsor School in Boston and the Shady Hill School in Cambridge and was selected by several national and international film festivals, including the New Haven International Film Festival, the Austin Student Film Festival, and the Los Angeles CineFest. Additionally, Lia presented the film at Harvard University for the Boston Latino International Film Festival and was given a Silver Remi Award at WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival. Commitment has been presented at the Winsor School in Boston, MA and is forthcoming in festivals nationwide. Lia believes filmmaking is an essential tool for advocacy and hopes to continue amplifying the voices of those intentionally removed from important conversations about race, class, gender, and human rights. See or for more details.

Number of shooting days: 20

Camera Used: Nikon D5300

Editing software: Final Cut Pro X

Budget: $200

Financed by: Self-financed

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