Blood Into Wine
Creating a world-class wine in the hostile deserts of Arizona can leave you a bit uncorked!
|Presenting||Blood Into Wine|
May 19, 2011
7:00PM to 8:30PM
|Contact Name||(970) 241-8801|
This May, ReelTime @ The Radio Room sets audiences’ taste buds tingling with the hilariously offbeat documentary, BLOOD INTO WINE.
BLOOD INTO WINE profiles multi-platinum recording artist Maynard James Keenan, front man for Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, and winemaking mentor Eric Glomski, as they forge their craft against the harsh environs of the Arizona desert.
Filmmakers Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke offer a rare glimpse into the mind and working life of one of rock’s most elusive and enigmatic figures. With deft humor, they evoke the deep sense of passion and sensuality with which both Keenan and Glomski approach their winemaking, while an over-arching theme of resurrection wends its way through their story.
“I think it was meant to be.... [After] I planted my first vine, I was at a Thanksgiving dinner with some relatives, and they relayed to me that my great uncle on my father's side, and my father's grandparents, had or have vineyards in what was northern Italy, which became southeast France.... So, I thought that was kind of synchronous -- you know, here I am, finding my way back onto the proper path, having skipped a generation.” -Maynard James Keenan, via ONION AV CLUB
Undeniably, the pair’s connection to their art rises to the level of spirituality. Any assumption that Keenan’s venture is nothing more than celebrity indulgence is quickly set aside as viewers come to appreciate their process as an intricate form of self-expression.
BLOOD INTO WINE features an eclectic blend of wit and candor that makes it as edgy and entertaining as it is enlightening. Even viewers unfamiliar with Maynard’s music and stage persona and with a passing interest in oenophilia will consider it a worthwhile adventure.
“Like a rock ‘n roll version of SIDEWAYS, BLOOD INTO WINE flits from beat to beat, creating a hypnotic, enthralling, and fun documentary out of celebrity winemaker Maynard James Keenan, and his attempts to bring respect to the Northern Arizona wine country.” - FILMCRITIC.COM
BLOOD INTO WINE is the third collaboration for co-directors Page and Pomerenke in their growing filmographies. The pair previously teamed up on the documentary THE HEART IS A DRUM MACHINE and are currently in production on the narrative feature, QUEENS OF COUNTRY, starring Ron Livingston, which also features Maynard James Keenan. Page also earned a producer credit on 2004’s MOOG, a compelling portrait of the man considered to have pioneered the evolution of electronic music.