Vino Veritas is a feature documentary about the wine in America, and by pledging you can help decide the location of the next shoot.
We're seeking supporters to help us film the next segment of our feature documentary, Vino Veritas. We're halfway through production, and this fall, we'll be covering harvest in one of three up-and-coming North American wine regions, and you get to decide where we go.
For more than a year, we've been interviewing winemakers, writers, bloggers, broadcasters, growers, collectors, chefs, laborers and folks involved in all aspects of the wine industry. We've covered a number of wine regions across four states, from the Midwest to the West Coast. We're capturing stories where the opening of a bottle of wine literally changed the course of people's lives. We're learning what wine means to our culture and how a particularly pioneering spirit has driven the growth of the wine business on this continent. Winemakers are storytellers. Every bottle holds tales of geography, history, culture and the risk, ambition, craftsmanship and artistry.
To film this next chapter, we need your help. The contributions you make to this campaign will allow us to film harvest in one of these three locations: the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, the Grand Mesa region of Colorado, or Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Virginia.
This chapter of the film is dubbed "The Extremists," and it's about people pushing the envelope of growing fine wine grapes. The funds we raise will be used to cover the travel expenses for our small crew. We'll keep you posted with exclusive, behind the scenes footage and updates throughout the process, and we have a number of incentives for all levels of giving.
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia - This is the northernmost premium wine growing region in North America. These growers were once considered eccentric, but they're now producing amazing wines on par with the best wines around. And they're on the front lines of climate change; new vineyards are creeping northward and to higher elevations in locations that were off limits only a short time ago.
Grand Mesa, Colorado - This region in Colorado features the highest elevation vineyards in North America, and perhaps even the entire world. Here growers fight extreme weather and conditions in the pursuit of turning this region into a viable contender for premium wines.
Monticello, Virginia - Thomas Jefferson once dreamed of growing fine wine grapes on Monticello, though his efforts to establish grapes on his property never succeeded. But now Virginia has turned into an up and coming wine region, and vinifera grapes now flourish on the grounds of the third president's estate.
Which one will make it into our film? You can pledge $1 or more and vote - we want our audience to tell us what they'd like to see next! This is your chance to help out.
If (when) we make our pledge, we'll solicit your vote via email. Votes are weighted based on how much you contribute. We'll tally all of the votes, and whichever region gets the most, that's where we'll head in the fall around harvest time. We've already contacted interesting people in all three regions, so we're excited about each of the possibilities.
We plan to continue shooting until harvest season of 2012, so we're about half way finished. We hope to have the film finished by the end of 2012, early 2013.
"In Vino Veritas" is a Roman phrase meaning, "In wine there is truth." It's Latin, so it sounds cool and official.
We've got a great chapter structure. The first segment of the film deals with folks who've chucked everything in their lives to start from ground zero in the wine business. This chapter we're now filming deals with "The Extremists," who push the envelope of geography to grow fine wines in challenging environments. We've outlined 5 to 7 different chapters. The chapters should give us a solid structure with which to guide the audience through the American wine landscape. And, of course, wine people are amazing storytellers. By letting them tell their stories in their own words, we think we'll have a fascinating and inspiring story that taps into the American pioneering spirit.
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Pledges as low as a buck will get you voting rights - we want our audience to help shape this film before production is even complete.
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As soon as we make our goal you'll receive access to exclusive interviews and excerpts from the film, including an extended summary of the trip that you're funding. Your vote also counts double.
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All of the above plus access to view of the full HD version of the finished film upon completion. Your vote is worth 3 points.
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All of the above plus a photo print of our poster image, sunset at Airlie Winery in Oregon's Coast Range, or a photo print from the upcoming trip that you fund - your choice. We'll include a DVD version of the film once it's ready for distribution. Your vote is worth 4 points.
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All of the above plus a tee shirt designed by artists Truen and Julia Goos Pence, whose sought-after, limited addition work can be found at http://craftsvcs.com/; your vote is also worth 5 points.
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All the above plus a screen credit in the completed film, as well as a copy of the DVD upon completion featuring extended footage and commentary and signed by the filmmakers. Your vote is worth 10 points.
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Producer Level - you decide where we go and who we talk to for a completely new shoot; we'll use your $1,000 contribution to finance a two-day trip to interview the winemakers or wine enthusiasts you choose. We'll produce an extended version of the footage for you to keep, and you'll receive a producer credit on the film. You can join us for the filming and even be a part of the crew if you'd like. Do you have any family or friends that you'd like us to visit? Do you have a wine story that fits in with our narrative? We'd love for you to be a part of the project.
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