Hollywood & Vine? The Latest In Wine Themed Movies

Nobody.” He was recently honored with a Gotham Independent Film Award for his documentary feature “Artifact,” which he produced with Emma Ludbrook; “Artifact” won the Gothams’ Audience Award. The movie also won the People’s Choice award, for documentaries, at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Mr. Leto directed “Artifact” under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins. Also under that name, he directs music videos for his multi-platinum-selling rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the band, which includes Mr. Leto, his brother Shannon Leto, and Tomo Milicevic. Thirty Seconds to Mars has released four studio records, including 2013’s “Love Lust Faith + Dreams.” Among their rock radio hits have been the songs “This Is War” and “Kings and Queens.” The band has circled the globe in sold-out shows, playing over 300 shows in nearly 60 countries on six continents to 3 million people, thereby breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest-ever concert tour by a rock band. Thirty Seconds to Mars has sold over 5 million albums worldwide and their music videos have received more than 300 million views on YouTube. The group has received numerous awards worldwide, including a dozen MTV Awards; a Billboard Music Award; and honors from NME, Kerrang!, and Fuse. They were most recently nominated for three 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Rock Video. ABOUT “DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” An imperfect man fights for survival during an uncertain time in America. Inspired by true events, Ron Woodroof’s story of strength is told in “Dallas Buyers Club,” directed by Jean-Marc Vallee from an original screenplay by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack. Matthew McConaughey portrays the real-life character, whose self-interest is galvanized into something much more. A son of Texas, Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy.


They reclaimed a small vineyard, planted with Syrah and Grenache, and started making wine six years earlier. The film, produced and directed by Fiona Cunningham-Reid, is structured to follow one season of winemaking. It begins with September’s grape harvest, then moves through fermentation, separation of the mark from the wine in November, winter pruning, March flowering, and bottling of the previous year’s production in May. We learn this is all a lot of work, even for two strong and resourceful women. They accomplish a lot, however, with the help of their friends. This community assists them in pruning the vines, picking the grapes and with bottling. As the film evolves, we begin to learn that many of their friends are not only expats, but also lesbian and gay. The women and their friends clearly derive a lot of joy and camaraderie from working together, as well as pride in making quality wines that are gaining a local reputation, winning medals in regional competitions. The women sell their wines from their small cellar across the street from the village’s city hall. There is some mention of a traditional culture of jealousy of the successes of others in the south of France, as well as some hostility on the part of a few neighbors based possibly on homophobia. This includes an uncooperative neighbor who refuses to move her vehicle on a day that’s long been posted as one on which cars need to be removed from the narrow street alongside the cellar so as to allow the mobile bottling line to set up there. Nonetheless, there appears to be general acceptance of the couple’s enterprise in the community, and a sense that it serves as the welcoming center of a growing contingent of lesbians and gay men.