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Coffee Competition Documentary ‘Barista’ Picked Up by Samuel Goldwyn

Rock Baijnauths Barista documentary
Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Rock Baijnauth’s documentary “Barista,” a look at the world of coffee competitions.

Baijnauth, the director on HBO’s “The Pirate Tapes,” combined his love of coffee and filmmaking by following some of the rising stars in the coffee world as they prepared for the regional, national and World Barista Championships. Goldwyn plans a fall release.

“We are a country of avid coffee drinkers. so I’m especially excited to have the opportunity to bring this film out to audiences,” said Peter Goldwyn, president of the distributor. “Rock captured all the passion and dedication that baristas have in providing the absolute best cup of coffee to the public and in these competitions.  The film will have you rooting for your favorites to win while desperately wanting to head out to your favorite coffee bar to have a cup.”

Baijnauth produced and directed from his own script. The film is exec produced by Christopher Kao and produced by Jimmy Nguyen, Roger Singh, Jason Rose, and Andrew Moniz. Charlie Habegger, Charles Babinski, Truman Severson, Eden-Marie Abramowicz and Ryan Redden star.