86’d: How A Global Pandemic Rocked The World’s Culinary Capital

Six-time Emmy Award winner Rob Petrone makes his directorial debut in this raw look at how COVID-19 impacted New York’s restaurants, capturing the fear, anger and resilience of New York’s restaurant community during the early months of this global pandemic.


Interviews with chefs, restaurateurs and others connected to the industry were conducted as events unfolded, creating a time capsule of the biggest story any of us have ever lived through. The moving target of a story takes us from the pandemic’s local “ground zero,” New Rochelle, to a linen supply company and even a one-woman farm, exposing the many ways restaurants impact our local economies.

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Long Beach Film Fest Celebrates 9th Year of Free Film Screenings (Long Island Press, August 2021)

Festivities kick off at 9th annual Long Beach International Film Festival (News 12, July 2021)

Rosanna Scotto Interviews Rob Petrone about 86’d on Good Day NY (Fox 5, July 2021)

The annual Long Beach International Film Festival is set to return (LI Herald, July 2021)