We have talked about this before [click
here], but do bring us up to speed: Your upcoming movie Wine Tasting
- what's it going to be about?
Wine Tasting is how the friendship between four men is severely tested
by the pressure they have to succeed in the wine industry as master
sommeliers. It is also about how there other relationships are
effected. High pressure careers can destroy your personal life if
you let them.
You call Wine Tasting
a bromance - care to elaborate on that aspect of your movie?
men are basically each other's best friends. Two of them are
definitely straight, while the other two transition out of the closet to
being openly gay. The guys care for each other but at the same time they
are definitely competitive with each other.
Wine Tasting's also based on your personal experiences working at a wine
bar, right? So how deeply is the movie rooted in reality, and which of
your characters do you identify with the most, which the least?
identify with them all in the sense that lots of people see cool jobs and
think it's all fun and games, but the reality is it's work. People
forget the business part of show BUSINESS. For sommeliers, you
really have to be well educated on wines and know what grapes they are
based on, what chemicals were used, what other flavorings whether other
fruit or herbs were used, what year did the wine fully mature, etc. Wine Tasting
is loosely based on my working in a wine bar and my knowing people
who worked in other aspects of the wine industry such as wineries,
distribution, or hotels.
also has a satirical edge to it, right? So do talk about that aspect of
In some ways I make fun of how
ridiculous things can get if you put too much effort into something, or
let one aspect of yourself fall out of balance.
From what I know, the script for Wine Tasting
was a finalist at several film festivals - please do elaborate
on that one!
placed at Sunscreen
Film Festival West, Evolution, Mallorca Film Festival, and
Film Festival as a finalist in the script competitions. I was so
happy to place in these festivals.
Anything you can tell us about
your key cast and crew yet, and why exactly these people?
spoken to Josh Mitchell [Josh
Mitchell interview - click here] for the director's role. Josh has done a
number of recent film projects, and is in post production on his film
Coffee and Cabbage. I've not yet selected actors. We have some
people in mind.
far as I know, you're presently in the process of raising funds for Wine Tasting
- so what can you tell us about your campaign?
just launched it. So word is just starting to get out. But
you're the second person who has asked to interview me for this project,
and I should soon be getting more requests.
the budget's in place, what's the schedule, and any idea when and where
the film might be released onto the general public yet?
and the rest of pre-production should take place in August, and active
filming should start in Sept. Then there is post production and it
should be released to the general public by the end of 2016.
future projects beyond Wine Tasting?
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next project will be Office Problems, which placed as finalist at Beverly
Hills Screenplay Contest as finalist. Then there is my comedy Pokerface, which is a love triangle between a billionaire CEO, a beautiful
lounge singer, and a hustler.
movie's website, Facebook, GoFundMe, whatever else?
is the GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/2egcszw
else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
forgot to ask me what wines do I like. My favorite wine is Champagne, the real deal. But I do like other sparkling wines from
California and Italy. I like various French Pinot Noir.
California has a variety of excellent wines in Napa Valley. The best
wines from Spanish speaking countries are Chilean and Spanish.
for the interview!