Sriracha—a documentary by Griffin Hammond

The origin story of an iconic hot sauce, finally revealed. Watch the trailer:

“Gorgeously shot—profile of the entire Sriracha sensation” (SF Chronicle)
“Sriracha gets the cult documentary it deserves” (Quartz)
“People will never tire of the epic story of Sriracha” (New York Magazine)

Sriracha has earned a cult following, but the story of this spicy sauce is a mystery to most fans. Dedicated to Sriracha lovers, this fast-paced documentary travels around the globe to reveal its origin and the man behind the iconic “rooster sauce.”

Winner: “Best Short Film” (NYC Food Film Festival)
Winner: “Best Short Documentary” (DisOrient Asian American Film Festival)

And watch the free director’s commentary:


  1. Really Griffin, you made a movie about an amazing immigrant that came to the US that made one of the most iconic sauces ever, and you are trying to charge me to see it, you so sold out.

  2. Fantastic work, really interesting and to the point documentary.
    I also like your Gh5 documentary 'Hand Cut'. Look forward to your next documentary!

  3. Great documentary!! Do you have any recommendations on where to start when making a documentary? I have story to tell and it has to be done well. And you have a great talent at doing Doc's well!

  4. Well worth my £2.  One complaint.  When I pay for content, as an adult, I DO NOT expect censorship!  For fucks sake, I want to hear the people express their opinions in the way in which they were expressed!  I do not want 'bleeps'!

  5. Hi Griffin, I'm still shooting GH3 and am glad for your example! I'm curious what had you choose 1.85:1 rather than 1.77:1 (native aspect ratio)?

  6. I loved it. This story feels like it goes beyond the sauce, it feels like it is about the American dream through David Tran. Glad I rented it.

  7. Hey, Griffin. I'm pretty sure you don't have a significant audience in Brazil, but the price YouTube is charging for us here to watch for your documentary is kind of expensive. Even though the direct conversion from the price in Brazilian Real (R$9.90) to Dollars (around US$2.70) might seem okay to someone living in the US or Canada, it's not for someone living in Brazil due to our collapsed national economy and political crisis. In comparison to other productions like Prank Academy that is charging R$3.90 per episode, yours is over twice as much expensive. If you were able to lower the price for specific countries, I'd be very thankful. And please don't take this as a devaluation of your work (: