'Pressure' cookin' at Bev Pictures

Doc will premiere at IFC Center in May

Bev Pictures will release Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker's documentary "Pressure Cooker," a look at a culinary arts class in a Philadelphia high school. The film will bow May 27 at New York's IFC Center and June 5 in Los Angeles.

A new distribution outfit founded by Emily Woodburne, Bridget Stokes and Vicky Wight, BEV Pictures plans to release a slate of films that will use grass-roots networking and online marketing.

"Pressure," which won a special jury prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival and audience awards at the Aspen Film Festival and Portland International Film Festival, was executive produced by Participant Media.

"We are very excited about working with Bev Pictures," Grausman said. "They understand how to reach many different audiences and are deft at thinking about the grass-roots aspect of distribution."