WORLDWIDE — "The Ringmaster," a documentary chronicling the legacy of Worthington native Larry Lang and his famous onion rings, is now available to watch on-demand and digitally.
As the film has made its way through film festivals and showings around the country, it has charmed audiences time and time again. Recognition includes:
- Festival of Cinema NYC 2019: Winner, Best Feature Documentary
- Silver State Film Festival 2019: Winner, Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary
- Chagrin Documentary Film Festival 2019: Official Selection for Feature Documentary
- Doc LA: Los Angles Documentary Film Festival 2019: Winner, Best Screenwriting for Feature Documentary
- Twin Cities Film Festival 2019: Official Selection for MN Connected Feature Documentary
- D.C. Independent Film Festival 2020: Official Selection for Feature Documentary
- North Europe International Film Festival – London 2020: Winner, Best Feature Documentary
- Jiff Jaipur International Film Festival – India 2020: Official Selection for International Feature Documentary
- Doc Edge Film Festival – New Zealand 2020: Official Selection for International Feature Documentary
"I’m so grateful that the film has been received well and has resonated strongly with audiences everywhere it’s played," Executive Producer Zachary Capp said. "It’s an honest documentary and ultimately shows that life is not a straight line."
The process of making the film was always "a labor of love," Capp explained.
"I wanted to honor my grandparents who encouraged me to pursue my passion and become a filmmaker," he said. "Every year of my life I was fortunate enough to visit Worthington in southwest Minnesota, where the other side of my family is from, and we always paid a visit to see Larry Lang and have his world-famous onion rings at Michael’s Steakhouse, which was always a special treat.
"The Lang family is beloved throughout the entire Midwest, and I wanted to pay homage to this incredible family who served the community since 1949 and have a tremendous food legacy.
"Audiences will discover that the film is very much like an onion in that there are many layers to the story," Capp added.
A local showing of the documentary may be possible in the future, Capp noted.
"We originally planned to bring a special screening of the film to Worthington this summer after our global film festival run was complete," he said. "However, due to the coronavirus, we officially put these plans on hold. We are excited that audiences will be able to stream the documentary from the comfort and safety of their own homes. We still intend to screen the film in Worthington one day when it is safe to do so.
"Fortunately, the Lang family was able to attend our Minnesota premiere last fall at the Twin Cities Film Festival in Minneapolis, where several Worthington natives were in attendance, and we were all very grateful for that special moment. Larry saw himself on the big screen and loved it.
"What means the most to me is that I’ve become great friends with the Langs throughout this process and they love the film, which means more to me than whatever anyone else thinks."
To watch "The Ringmaster," visit theringmaster.com.