Knife Skills

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Knife Skills
Knife Skills.jpg
Film poster
Directed byThomas Lennon
Distributed byThe New Yorker
Release date
  • July 29, 2017 (2017-07-29)
Running time
40 minutes
CountryUnited States

Knife Skills is a 2017 American documentary film directed by Thomas Lennon. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 90th Academy Awards.[1][2] It received generally positive reviews from critics.[3]


The film focuses on people's transition from prison life to the outside world through Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. The goal of the institute is to teach former prisoners life skills and to give them focus in order to reduce recidivism rates. The film follows the first class of students through their training and the opening of the restaurant by founder Brandon Chrostowski[4][5]


  1. ^ "Oscars 2018: The list of nominees in full". BBC News. January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405" wins Best Documentary Short Subject-Oscars on YouTube
  3. ^ "Knife Skills". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Wood, Yamit (August 21, 2019). "Oscar-Nominated Documentary Serves Up Fine Dining and Second Chances in Cleveland". LA Jewish Journal. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  5. ^ Hartke, Kristen (March 3, 2018). "Oscar-Nominated 'Knife Skills' Showcases Ex-Cons And Odd Ducks In The Kitchen". NPR Food for Thought. NPR. Retrieved September 11, 2019.

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