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Hot and spicy food is enjoyed around the world, but for some, ultra-hot peppers are more than a flavor profile, they’re an obsessive passion. In the new documentary, Crazyhot, join filmmaker Eric Raine as he explores three continents in search of leading farmers, scientists and food alchemists, as well as the community of devoted "chileheads" who use peppers in countless ways -- spicing up a bowl of chili, consuming chiles to the point of euphoric pain, uncovering the booming business of chile and examining Capsaicin's role in cancer research. Raine seeks answers to burning questions as he introduces you to the wide, weird and wonderful world of #crazyhot chiles.

  • Eric Raine
  • Eic Raine
  • Brendan Davis
  • Eric Raine
    In Fidelity
  • Brendan Davis
    My Favorite Season
  • Scott Perlman
  • David Tran
    Key Cast
    "Sriracha Hot Sauce Manufacturer"
  • Craig Underwood
    Key Cast
    "Underwood Family Farms"
  • Ed Currie
    Key Cast
    "Guiness World Record Holder"
  • Butch Taylor
    Key Cast
    "Guiness World Record"
  • Eric Raine
    Key Cast
    "On Camera/ Narrator "
    ESPN's Beg Borrow & Deal
  • Dave DeWitt
    Key Cast
    "Fiery Foods Show, The Pope of Peppers"
  • Sanjay Srivastava
    Key Cast
    "Leading PhD, Cancer Research"
  • Steve Seabury
    Key Cast
    "Author, NYC Hot Sauce Expo Founder"
  • Paul Rozin
    Key Cast
    "Leading PhD, Benign Masochism"
  • Doug Crane
    Key Cast
    "Food Alchemist"
  • Luke Yoder
    Key Cast
    "Director of Field Operations San Diego Padres"
  • Troy Primo
    Key Cast
    "Creator of the 7 Pot Primo Pepper"
  • Adam Fehr
    Key Cast
    "Endorphin Farms"
  • Joe Arditi
    Key Cast
    "Pepper Joes Founder"
  • Cliff Calloway
    Key Cast
    "Professor of Chemisty"
  • John Hard
    Key Cast
    "Cajohns Fiery Foods"
  • Jeremy Matouk
    Key Cast
    "Creator of Matouks Hot Sauce"
  • Ernest Miller
    Key Cast
    "Educator & Historian"
  • P. Jayakar
    Key Cast
    "Chile Import & Export Specialist"
  • Satish Chandra
    Key Cast
    "PhD Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals"
  • Jim Duffy
    Key Cast
    "Proprietor Refining Fire Chiles"
  • Anandita Duta Tamuli
    Key Cast
    "Chilli Queen"
  • Sati Sharma
    Key Cast
    "Owner, Brick Lane Curry"
  • Rob Floyd
    Key Cast
    "Bartender, Cocktail Theater"
  • Sarintip Singsanong
    Key Cast
    "Jazz, Owner Jitlada Thai Restaurant"
  • Brett Rogers
    Key Cast
    "Puckerbutt Pepper Company"
  • Jane Lear
    Key Cast
    "Food & Travel Author"
  • Muhammad Karim
    Key Cast
    "Chef Bindi Restaurant"
  • Miranda Pellew
    Key Cast
    "Proprietor Chili Pepper Petes"
  • Herman Adams
    Key Cast
    "Geneticist/Plant Breeder @ Caribbean Agricultural Research & Development Institute"
  • Ted Barrus
    Key Cast
    "Fire Breathing Idiot"
  • Dave Smith
    Key Cast
    "Chilli Dave"
  • Jason Reily
    Key Cast
    "The Chile Beast"
  • Brad Bishop
    Key Cast
    "Pod Tester "
  • Steve Smallwood
    Key Cast
    "The Machine"
  • Vic Clinco
    Key Cast
    "Worlds Largest Private Hot Sauce Collection"
  • JIm Lytle
    Key Cast
    "Hatch "big Jim" Chile Farmer"
  • Nick Lashley
    Sound / Composer
    Begin Again, Spare Room
  • Pick A Winner Ent.
    Production Company
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 13 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, India, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
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  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Eric Raine

Eric Raine is an accomplished entrepreneur, burgeoning filmmaker and avid traveler.  Most recently, Raine founded the independent production company Pick A Winner Entertainment to focus on sharing the world through colorful storytelling, with the first documentary Crazyhot now available on Amazon. He has also produced commercial projects, the reality TV series Freestyle Education, the award-winning short film In Fidelity starring Whitney Cummings and Melissa Sagemiller, as well as appeared in the ESPN series, “Beg Borrow and Deal.” Prior to his filmmaking endeavors, Raine was a top marketing executive spearheading inspired partnerships aligning international brands such as Klipsch Speakers, Polaroid, Red Bull, among others with icons in pop culture, including Sundance Film Festival, Jimmy Iovine, Def Jam, Prince, Robert Downey JR., Kanye West, Wil.I.AM, HBO, Entourage, Outkast and Tina Fey,

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Director Statement

Learning more about the world through colorful storytelling. We are naturally imaginative, curious, able to play without worry.