John Beck, Bay Area filmmaker and journalist, splits his time between directing and producing documentaries, shooting promotional video and writing freelance journalism. For the past 15 years, he has worked as a journalist in Sonoma County where “Harvest” is set among the vineyards. It was while on assignment to capture footage of a night harvest at Foppiano Vineyards in 2010 that he stumbled upon the behind-the-scenes drama and sacrifice that go into every bottle of wine. That’s when he decided to follow all walks of life – rich, poor, winemaker, grape picker – through next year’s harvest of 2011. It would turn out to be the worst harvest in Sonoma County in at least 50 years.
His previous films, the feature-length Worst in Show, and shorts Stringers and Drag King, have won numerous film festival awards. His print stories have won national awards from the Society for Features Journalism and the Association of Sunday and Features Editors.Beck was born in Nashville, Tennessee and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Harvest: The Movie: Shot entirely in Sonoma County, the feature-length documentary Harvest reveals the blood, sweat and tears that go into every bottle of wine. There is no swirling, no sniffing, no sipping or quaffing. This is all about back-breaking manual labor and night picks at 2 a.m. with only tiny headlamps. Over the course of three months during Harvest 2011, the film follows five family wineries – Robledo, Rafanelli, Foppiano, Harvest Moon and Robert Hunter. This is the story behind the wine you drink.
November 12: The City of Suwanee Suwanee, GA
November 13: Madison-Morgan Cultural Center Madison, GA
November 15: City of Hapeville Hapeville, GA
November 16: Banners At McNeese Lake Charles, LA
November 18: Vermillionville Living History Musuem Foundation, Inc. Lafayette, LA
November 19: Arts Council of Central Louisiana Alexandria, LA