Maybe you've done it before: stood at the edge of some gorgeous vineyard, gazed over the tidy rows of vines and wondered, "what if?" American Wine Story is a documentary about people who asked themselves that same question…and then took the plunge.
Our "what if" moment came over lunch in a Chinese restaurant four years ago where Truen Pence and I asked that question about making a documentary. The result is this feature film that we hope to release this year.
We visited seven states and dozens of wineries, and we conducted more than seventy interviews searching for stories of people who've taken great risks or found new meaning for their lives after deciding to make wine. Featuring interviews with Scott Paul Wright, Dick Erath, former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe, Alan Baker, Serena Laurie and the inspiring story of the Brooks Family, we're hoping to share it with as many people as we can through festivals and then a series of theatrical screenings and finally online distribution. You can help us get there.
We've finished shooting and we're wrapping up the final edit in advance of our 2014 launch. We need your help to raise at least $3,000 to fund with music licensing, color correction and publicity. Every dollar counts, because the more we raise, the more we'll be able to promote the film and draw in audiences.
Kickstarter helped us begin the project, and now were returning to our backers one last time. Thanks for your interest and support!
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk we're going to face in releasing this film is in filling seats. The most likely avenue for us is self-distribution, and our goal is to screen the film in theaters across the country. Attracting audiences will be a major challenge and expense, and it's a risk to book facilities and stage screenings.
Editing is another challenge. A documentary is kind of like the sculpture hidden inside the stone. How long to you keep chipping away? When have you gone too far? What do we cut out, and what do we leave in? We have more than 100 hours of interviews, and making those tough decisions is always a challenge.
But after more than four years of work, we're pretty confident that we can push through the last few stages and get this film launched, with your help.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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