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In new film, a Detroit DJ tries to steal grandma's top-secret recipe

The Pickle Recipe is a film completely shot in and around Detroit, but it's packed with universal truths.

Truth about family ties and about family members who make us crazy and warm our hearts—sometimes at the very same moment. And truth about the power of food and memories.

All of that and more is wrapped up in this gentle comedy, which opens Nov. 4. Director Michael Manasseri and co-writer and producer Sheldon Cohn joined Stateside to discuss the film.

It all started one night when Cohn and fellow co-writer Gary Wolfson had a conversation about Wolfson’s grandmother, who had died before passing down her amazing, one-of-a-kind pickle recipe.

“They’re gone forever,” Cohn said about the pickles. “His family tried to recreate it, but it never worked out.”

They took the idea to Manasseri, who agreed it would be a funny premise for a feature film.

Not only did he "love the connection with food and family and grandparents," but he could also see making it in Michigan. Michiganders make up the bulk of the cast and crew.

The Pickle Recipe opens at the Emagine Novi later this week. Listen to the full interview above. 

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