Our Time Kitchen, Documentary Film
Our Time Kitchen is the journey of two Baltimore chefs, Cat Smith (she/her) and Kiah Gibian (she/they) as they race against the clock to build and open a shared commercial kitchen, called “Our Time Kitchen,” which will support BIPOC women, marginalized gendered folks, and immigrants as they create sustainable businesses of their own.
Chefs Cat and Kiah are a powerhouse team that came together out of years of resilience and experience surviving Baltimore’s food system. They believe that it is time for a new, sustainably focused, collective kitchen model and in a little over a year, they race the clock to realize their dream to open the kitchen. Every aspect of their endeavor is about collaboration and advocacy for positive change, not only in how we create meals, but how we feed our communities and their access to food and education.This is a “by Baltimore, for Baltimore film” both behind and in front of the camera. I am born and raised in Baltimore and as a documentarian, am connected and inspired by the color and grit of our steadfast community. In the year and change that I have spent capturing chefs Cat and Kiah, every aspect of their endeavor has been about the richness of the Baltimore community. From intentionally collaborating with a community led, equitable design center and female architect, to hiring a neighborhood electrician named Larry who, as a child, used to play in the location’s backyard after church, to the full scale building mural titled “Braiding Seeds'' designed by local artist Jaz Erenberg which shines a light on the stories of enslaved people who braided seeds into their hair to enable descendants to survive in plantation society, this is a story about breaking barriers.
Cat and Kiah embody the pride of a new kind of hard-working Baltimore entrepreneur. Stories of strength, and also of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ joy, are narratives we need more of and I feel it is imperative for audiences to see their leadership and successes. If you can see it, you can be it.