WINNER: BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
River’s Edge Int'l Film Festival
WINNER: GOLD AWARD, DOCUMENTARY
Spotlight Film Awards
WINNER: AUDIENCE AWARD, DOCUMENTARY
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
WINNER: AUDIENCE AWARD, BEST OVERALL FILM
Equinox Women’s Film Festival
Chicago Int'l Film Festival
Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
Boston Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
ReelAbilities Film Festival
Chicago Jewish Film Festival
Sarasota Film Festival
Illinois Int'l Film Festival
Berkshire Jewish Film Festival
DocUtah Film Festival
Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
"Pinkney’s magnetic personality commands attention!"
- Chicago Magazine
Ina Pinkney is a Chicago legend of the tastiest kind. Known around town as the “Breakfast Queen”, she has been feeding Chicagoans for the past 33 years – first, out of a small bakery and, most recently, from her beloved breakfast nook in the West Loop. Ina, who survived polio as an infant, now suffers the effects of post-polio syndrome, and made the decision to close the doors of her celebrated establishment at the close of 2013.
An undeniably outstanding chef and businesswoman, Ina is so much more. She’s a community leader, a pioneer, a television personality, but most importantly, she’s the rare sort of person who’s found a way to transform her passion into a joy that extends an entire city, and beyond.
The documentary, “Breakfast at Ina’s” gives audiences a glimpse into Ina’s extraordinary life, all while chronicling the last days of the restaurant as Ina and her staff serve up its final meals.
Mercedes Kane (Director/Producer)
“Breakfast at Ina’s” is Mercedes Kane’s third feature length documentary. Her 2012 film, “Today We Saw the Face of God” screened in over 10 film festivals and took home several awards including the “Best Feature Documentary” at the Illinois International Film Festival. Her award-winning film, “Hearts of Hope” (2009) screened internationally to critical and audience acclaim. Mercedes was associate producer on the feature film “Chicago Heights” named One of the Best Art Films of 2010 by Roger Ebert.