That’s My Jazz

Filmmaker: Ben Proudfoot

AFS Representative: Abby Davis (Producer)

Runtime: 14 min

THAT’S MY JAZZ, a 14-minute film, presents an intimate portrait of Milt Abel II, considered one of the best young pastry chefs in the world. The son of Kansas City jazz legend Milt Abel Sr., Milt II longed to follow in his father’s footsteps, but on a different stage. He found his passion in the culinary arts at an early age, working his way up to become head pastry chef at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry and Per Se, and sous pastry chef at Rene Redzepi’s two-Michelin star restaurant Noma. As he was rising to the top of his career, his father’s was coming to an end. Realizing his own limitations, and finding himself at a critical crossroads, Milt II pushes the button to turn back time, reflecting on the rise of his star and its intersection with the setting of his father’s.

About The Filmmaker

Ben Proudfoot, 28, is the creative force behind Breakwater Studios, an award-winning film production company headquartered in the Los Feliz building where Walt Disney started his company in 1923. Proudfoot, once a world champion sleight-of-hand magician and a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, has a prolific body of work that has received numerous awards including an Emmy for PBS’ Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano. A leader in the short documentary space, Proudfoot has directed and produced over 50 noteworthy short documentaries for some of the world’s most admired brands and movie studios. In 2018, Proudfoot’s company announced the closing of a Series A round from Gigi Pritzker and Clint Kisker’s MWM, making Breakwater Studios one of the first venture-backed branded content studios.