Harvest Season

  • Lucina Lucina


Sequoia 2 Sat, Oct 13, 2018 2:00 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Sun, Oct 14, 2018 2:45 PM
Film Info
Category:Viva El Cine
Active Cinema
Mind the Gap
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:82 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Bernardo Ruiz
Producer:Lauren Rosenfeld Capps
Bernardo Ruiz
Screenwriter:Bernardo Ruiz
Cinematographer:Victor Tadashi Suarez
Editor:Fiona Otway
Print Source:Quiet Pictures
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo


Meet the people who prune, bud, harvest, sample, press, and blend grapes from wood vine to bottle and bring together the extraordinary tastes of some of the world’s great wines produced in our neighboring Napa Valley. Director Bernardo Ruiz explores all the stages of wine production as seen and sensed by the individuals who contribute to the journey of these grapes from vine to vintage. Three storylines illustrate the passions of harvesters and winemakers in search of “the heart of the grape:” A migrant worker travels to Napa from Mexico to work the fields; Sonoma-born Vanessa Robledo embodies a proud heritage of three generations of Latino viticulturists through her leadership of Robledo, Black Coyote, and Mi Sueno wineries; and veteran winemaker Gustavo Brambila—whose story, in part, inspired the film Bottle Shock—produces his own label. Their stories converge during the all-important harvest season, dramatically affected by the 2017 wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties.

Expected Guests: Director Bernardo Ruiz; Producer Lauren Capps; Subjects Vanessa Robledo, Maria Robledo, Angel Calderon, and Gustavo Brambila (Harvest Season)  (All Screenings)

Director Gerardo Rueda; Cinematographers James Cannon and Scott Olsen; Talent Lucina Rueda (Lucina)  (All Screenings)

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Additional Information

Bernardo Ruiz is a two-time Emmy® nominated filmmaker. His directorial feature debut, Reportero (2012), about attacks on the press in Mexico premiered at Full Frame, IDFA, and Ambulante. New York Magazine called it “a powerful reminder of how journalism often requires immense amounts of physical and psychological bravery.” His second film, Kingdom of Shadows (2015), premiered at SXSW and IDFA. “Many documentaries have chronicled the drug war in the US and Mexico,” wrote Slackerwood, “but few have humanized it as poignantly. [It] is more observant than crusading...rooted in first-rate journalism.” The New York Times called it “unforgettable.”