Man in the Field: The Life and Art of Jim Denevan (2019)

Rated N/R, Documentary,

"MAN IN THE FIELD profiles pioneering American multimedia artist and chef Jim Denevan, founder of Outstanding in the Field, a radical alternative to the conventional dining experience. The film reveals the personal and circumstantial struggles behind Jim's myriad and mysterious artistic gifts. As he battles to overcome an onswell of mental illness in his family, he creates a body of inimitable work. His canvases are twofold: he makes land art in epic geometric formations, and he creates dinners that transcend the experience of what we know as a meal. Both forms of expression originate from Jim’s need for community and solitude, and both touch people, including the artist, in unexpected ways."

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SBIFF Schedule
  • 01/18/2020
  • Lobero
  • 7:30 pm - 8:48 pm
  • 01/20/2020
  • Metro 3
  • 11:40 am - 12:58 pm
  • 01/25/2020
  • Metro 3
  • 8:20 am - 9:38 am
Reviewed on January 15, 2020 by Jon Kaye


6.5 out of 10 - A nice artwork movie which tied into food. (Jon)
10 - My Favorite. More than an artist, he is a savant. (Patsy F.)
9.0 - Wonderful doc.; multifaceted artist/chef/surfer/philosopher. (Pam S.)
8.5 - Art on the beach meets farm to table. Some beautiful footage. (Nan B.)
8.0 - (Sandy)

Craft 65%
Artistry 65%
What I Liked
  • As much about art as food
  • Beautiful cinematography (& and artwork)
What I Didn’t
  • All about Jim