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Wine Diamonds: Uncorking America’s Heartland™  is a feature length independent documentary film about the struggles and opportunities of creating a new wine region in the upper Midwest.

We began filming in July 2014 and for the past 18 months we’ve driven more than 3,000 miles, filmed in four states (IA, IL, MN & WI), interviewed more than 200 wine industry people, and cataloged more than 100 hours of interview footage.

Right now we are in the final stages of editing the movie and need your help.  This last phase is a time consuming and expensive stage.  We need to raise several thousand dollars to help us pay for the movie soundtrack composition and production, entry into film festival competitions (to help us get picked up by a national distributor), and attendance at film festivals across the country.

We’re at a critical point right now and need your help today.  Your help means so much to our successful completion and if every local wine lover (or fan of independent film) gave $10 we’d be well on our way to achieving our goal of making a beautifully filmed and compelling story.

Your donation will help us tell this important wine story.  Please give now. 

Watch: Wine Diamonds Movie Trailer

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“2016 Outstanding Industry Partner Award”

 

Wine Diamonds: Uncorking America’s Heartland™ is a feature length independent documentary film about the struggles and opportunities of creating a new wine region in the upper Midwest.

This past weekend we attended the Iowa Wine Growers Association’s annual conference to talk to industry about our film, show a clip and the trailer and were surprised and honored to be recognized with the 2016 “Outstanding Industry Partner Award!”  Thank you Iowa!

Watch: Wine Diamonds Movie Trailer

UPDATE: We began filming in July 2014 and for the past 18 months we’ve driven more than 3,000 miles, filmed in four states (IA, IL, MN & WI), interviewed more than 200 wine industry people, and cataloged more than 100 hours of interview footage.

Right now we are in the final stages of editing the movie and need your help. This last phase is a time consuming and expensive stage. We need to raise several thousand dollars to help us pay for the movie soundtrack composition and production, entry into film festival competitions (to help us get picked up by a national distributor), and attendance at film festivals across the country.

We’re at a critical point right now and need your help today. Your help means so much to our successful completion and if every local wine lover (or fan of independent film) gave $10 we’d be well on our way to achieving our goal of making a beautifully filmed and compelling story.

Your donation will help us tell this important wine story. Please give now:  https://www.gofundme.com/WineDiamondsFilm

 

Award
IWGA “2016 Outstanding Industry Partner” Award
Mike White presents Wine Diamonds Producer, Brad Johnson, the 2016 “Outstanding Industry Partner” Award for the Wine Diamonds Team
Brad Johnson, film producer, talks with IWGA members about the film.
Iowa Wine Growers Association members watching Wine Diamonds clip.

 

Phase 1 of Fundraising Complete

LaurenWineDiamonds copyHey Wine Diamonds Friends!

We’ve successfully completed phase 1 of our fundraising campaign and successfully raised nearly $4,000.  We want to express our sincere gratitude to those who have given to our project — thank you so much!   As you know making a feature length film is very expensive and our fundraising efforts aren’t over yet.  We’re launching phase 2 of our fundraiser to help us finish our summer filming schedule; phase 3 will complete the process with a post-production push and hopefully we’ll have enough funds left to travel our film around the country to various film festivals.

While our Indiegogo campaign is over you can send donations to us at:

JMZ Productions
612 E. 4th St.
Vinton, IA 52349

Corporate sponsorships are available. Contact Brad Johnson for more information: 319.329.1509.

Thank you!
The Wine Diamonds Team

DONATE NOW!

Donate now copyIf you’re a fan, enthusiast, lover, supporter or booster of local wine and want to help us make this movie – we want you! Your donation is very important to the success of this film. It takes a lot of time and resources to put together a feature-length documentary movie filmed across six states over the course of a year. In exchange for your generous donation we’ll set you up with some awesome perks! Listed below are just a few of our our perks, check out our IndieGoGo site for more and watch our video:  http://igg.me/at/WineDiamondsFilm

Thank You! ($1) – Thank you so much for supporting Wine Diamonds! You’ve made a statement to the wine world about something that is important to you and your voice will be heard.

Cheers! ($10) – As a booster at the $10 level we’ll give you an online “toast” via Facebook and Twitter, be listed on our “Wall of Fame” on Wine Diamonds website, and receive special email movie updates.

UnCorked! ($25) – At the “UnCorked” contribution level you’ll get a limited edition Wine Diamonds Cork Remover, and we’ll give you an online “toast” via Facebook and Twitter, be listed on our “Wall of Fame” on Wine Diamonds website, and receive special email movie updates.

I Drink Midwest Wine ($50) -You’re a proud advocate of locally made wines! At the “I Drink Midwest Wine” level you’ll get a custom designed Wine Diamonds T-Shirt, plus we’ll give you an online “toast” via Facebook and Twitter, be listed on our “Wall of Fame” on Wine Diamonds website, and receive special email movie updates.

Free Run ($89) – In wine making the free run is the juice that flows before pressing occurs and is thought of as the best of the juice. Free Run contributors get one free Digital Download, 1080p HD download of the feature-length documentary when it’s released! Plus, you’ll get a custom designed Wine Diamonds T-shirt, and we’ll give you an online “toast” via Facebook and Twitter, be listed on our “Wall of Fame” on Wine Diamonds website, and receive special email movie updates.

Check out the Complete List of Perks:  http://igg.me/at/WineDiamondsFilm

Thank you!

NEWS RELEASE: Wine Movie Fundraiser Begins!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2015

NEW FRONTIER OF WINE
Documentary Film Production Launches Crowd Funding Campaign

(Vinton, IA). Many people don’t realize the Midwest is emerging as one of the hottest new frontiers of wine. A new feature length documentary film will explore the challenges, opportunities and struggles of building a new wine region in the heartland and producers are excited to launch a major fundraising campaign today, lasting through April and May.

Watch Appeal Video: Wine Diamonds Film

They call the kinds of wine grapes that grow in this part of the American Heartland, cold-hardy grapes, grapes bred to withstand extreme temperatures that would kill traditional grapes common in California or France. These grapes, the farmers and wine makers of the Midwest are pushing the envelope of viticulture and enology, growing grape varieties that not only survive but thrive at temperatures as low as 40 below zero. This feature length documentary film is about the birth of a new wine region, the grapes, and the pioneering families dedicated to growing and making wines in America’s Heartland.

“The story of this burgeoning wine region is unfolding throughout the Midwest,” said Brad Johnson, Producer and wine industry insider. “The scope of the film quickly grew to encompass the upper Midwest region because of how interrelated the wine industry is, with grapes being developed in Minnesota and Wisconsin, knowledge of wine growing and production being openly shared, a continued trend in quality wines, and increased customer interest in the these new wines. There is an important story to share and we’re thrilled to be able to tell it,” said Johnson.

Wine Diamonds: Uncorking America’s Heartland is a feature-length documentary film about the challenges, opportunities and struggles of developing a new wine region, showcasing the economic and agricultural diversity brought about by the wine industry, and how families are returning to and reuniting to grow wine grapes and build a new wine region in the Midwest.

“This fundraising effort is an appeal to all of us who value locally grown and made wines and recognize that something special is happening in the Midwest,” said Jeff Zahrt, Wine Diamonds Producer and award winning documentary filmmaker.

Filming began in July 2014 and will continue through the fall of 2015. Release is planned for spring 2016.

“We’re passionate about what’s happening in new frontier of wine and creating a compelling story, beautifully filmed, with interesting and informative characters allows us to make a movie that not only is appealing to a regional audience, but a national one,” said Kirk Monson, Producer and Director of Photography and award winning documentary filmmaker.

This documentary film is an opportunity for wine fans, winery and vineyard owners, industry supporters, and wine enthusiasts from around the country to demonstrate their support for this exciting time in the wine history and to be a part of this movie.

Donations to the production of Wine Diamonds: Uncorking America’s Heartland may be made on the crowd funding site, Indiegogo. Check out the movie trailer, view the donation perks, and make your contribution today: http://igg.me/at/WineDiamondsFilm

Corporate sponsorships are available; please contact Brad Johnson, Producer at brad.pr.johnson@gmail.com

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Contact:
Brad Johnson, Producer
JMZ Productions
612 E. 4th St. Vinton, IA 52349
319-329-1509
Brad.pr.johnson@gmail.com
http://www.winediamondsfilm.com

Countdown Begins….

IndieGoGo copyWe’re excited, thrilled, elated and just giddy to announce we’re only 9 days away from launching our fundraising campaign!  Okay, not many people would admit to being excited to ask for donations, for your hard-earned cash, but this project means a lot to us and we’re confident if you’re a supporter of local wines (Midwestern wines) you’ll be excited enough to help us make this movie.

Our team decided to use the crowd funding website – Indiegogo, a fundraising platform commonly used for raising money for the arts.  Our launch day is April 2nd!

For the next two months we’ll be asking our friends, family, neighbors to help fund our film.  We’ll be a constant nuisance – always asking for more…and we’ll be thoroughly grateful for your contributions.  Fear not…we’ve created giving levels you all of you…no matter how deep your pockets are.  Seriously, any donation helps and you’ll have our sincere thanks.

Please make a point to join us…to be a part of our filmmaking team…to be able to say, “yeah, I helped make that.”

Indiegogo Prep Work

KCC15Our team met late last week to discuss filming updates and have a business strategy meeting prior to launching our Indiegogo (crowd funding campaign).  We talked about the places where we’ve shot, locations where we are planning to go, and the nuts and bolts of creating an interesting and captivating documentary film about what’s happening in the Midwest wine industry.

We’re pleased with the process we’ve achieved so far and our “pitch piece” (the fundraising appeal video we’ll launch soon) is making good progress — thanks to Kirk for his editing finesse.  Our team is developing several “perks” for those that invest in our film and we’re looking forward to sharing that with you in February.  We’ll have ways for you to donate both financially and through in-kind donations (of stuff or services or time).  Wouldn’t it be cool to know you were instrumental in making the first feature length motion picture about the exciting Midwest wine world!?!?

You can help right now by signing up for our email list (don’t worry we won’t inundate you with tons of emails and we would never sell or give your email address away) – Sign up for our Mail Chimp Now!

Over this past weekend we scouted a few eastern Iowa wineries: Tabor Home Vineyard and Winery (Baldwin), Iowa Grape Vines (Maquoketa), and Wide River Winery (Clinton).  We tasted some really nice wines, met some great folks and got a deeper understanding of what’s happening across the region.  Here are a few pictures we snapped.

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Tabor Home Vineyard (Baldwin, IA). Iowa’s first estate winery.
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Wide River Winery (Clinton, IA) medal display.

Remember to tell your friends about our wine movie.

Thank you – the Wine Diamonds Team!

Making the Pitch Piece

It’s been a long time in the making but our team was able to finally get together and put the finishing touches on our pitch piece, our fundraising appeal video.  The three producers of Wine Diamonds met at Kirkwood Community College last night in the wine cellar of the KCC enology and viticulture program.  While there we quickly filmed a couple of segments and then headed off to the Hotel at Kirkwood where Lucas McIntire (Kirkwood’s program lead and winemaker) was sampling his wines and his brand new sparkling wine.

We filmed until 8:30 and then followed Lucas and some new friends back to the winery for a sample of the Frontenac Gris – absolutely delicious and probably the best white wine I’ve had in the Midwest!

Here are some photos from last night. Visit our Facebook page to view the entire album.

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WineDiamondsFlm

Cheers!

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Having a laugh at the Hotel at Kirkwood between takes!
Shooting an intro to one of our "on-the-road" segments.
Shooting an intro to one of our “on-the-road” segments.
An impromptu wine appreciation class in the lab at Kirkwood.
An impromptu wine appreciation class in the lab at Kirkwood.
Lucas McIntire, Program Lead and Winemaker at Kirkwood Community College.
Lucas McIntire, Program Lead and Winemaker at Kirkwood Community College.