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Open Tables

Directed by Jack Newell

Narrative Feature
USA | 1 hour 15 minutes | 2015

Within the walls of the trendiest Chicago restaurants, behind the closed doors of private dinner parties, and on the banks of The Seine in Paris, OPEN TABLES explores true love, love lost and the importance of a good main course.

Open Tables - Jack NewellJack C. Newell
Director, Producer, Writer

Jack C. Newell is an award-winning filmmaker and artist whose work has screened at the Montreal World Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, and the Gene Siskel Film Center.

He is currently in post-production on the documentary film, HOW TO BUILD A SCHOOL IN HAITI, about the construction of an elementary school in rural Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and is a case study in international economic development. 

He is finishing a documentary, COURSES, which is an intimate portrait of how Chicago chef Jake Bickelhaupt evolved from running an illegal restaurant out of his home to being a celebrated two Michelin Star awarded culinary celebrity in less than a year.

Jack is the Co-creator of THE WABASH LIGHTS, a site-specific light installation controllable by the public.

A graduate of Columbia College Chicago undergrad in film/video, he currently is the Program Head of TV, Film & Digital at The Second City Training Center.

Open Tables Poster

Film Information

Director: Jack C. Newell
Country: USA 
Year: 2015
Language: English 
Runtime: 1 hour 15 min


Producers: Jack Newell, Matt Hyland, Jill DiBiase, and Steven Tobiasz
Cinematographer:   Stephanie Dufford
Original Music: Trey Pollard

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Principal Cast

BIFF - Beloit International Film Festival
BIFF | Beloit International Film Festival