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MIPTV Picks 2014: The Search for General Tso

There are close to 50,000 Chinese food restaurants across the United States, and one dish is practically ubiquitous – General Tso's Chicken. Yet the dish's namesake (the general, not the chicken) is a figure cloaked in sticky-sweet mystery to many who indulge.
March 21, 2014


Partners: Directed by Ian Cheney for Wicked Delicate Films; distributed by Cargo Films & Releasing
Length: 1 x 71 minutes
Premiering: Tribeca Film Festival, April 2014
Rights available: All rights worldwide except North America

There are close to 50,000 Chinese food restaurants across the United States, and one dish is practically ubiquitous – General Tso’s Chicken. Yet the dish’s namesake (the general, not the chicken) is a figure cloaked in sticky-sweet mystery to many who indulge. For those who are hungry for answers (or just plain hungry), this lighthearted film blends testimonials from chefs, historical scholars and food lovers to not only complete the picture of the man behind the recipe, but also examine larger topics, such as immigration and adaptation.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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