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Verde Valley wine industry showcased in forthcoming film
The team behind prominent documentaries Moog and The Heart Is A Drum Machine are set to kick off production on a new film that showcases the birth of Arizona's Verde Valley wine industry via the story of pioneers Maynard James Keenan (owner of Caduceus Cellars, co-owner of Arizona Stronghold Vineyard and world renowned front man for Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle) and Eric Glomski (owner of Page Springs Cellars and co-owner of Arizona Stronghold Vineyard).
Co-directed by Christopher Pomerenke and Ryan Page, the film showcases not only the unusual and often metaphysical location that Keenan has described as "thick, dense, rich, complex, engaging and spiritual" but also the personalities behind this leap of faith, the aforementioned Keenan and Glomski.
Keenan was drawn to the area by a musician friend and turned his California license in the same day he arrived. Glomski, a native Arizonan who has trekked worldwide mastering winemaking including running the David Bruce Winery in Napa, Calif., is as equally dynamic a character with strong beliefs about responsible farming and man's relationship with the world.
Recent months have already seen a good deal of attention being focused on the duo as they've graced the cover of the Phoenix New Times, been guests on Gary Vaynerchuk's Wine Library TV and toured the West Coast with their wines as part of a Whole Foods Markets wine tour.
Production is expected to run through 2009 with an eye toward a 2010 release date. The film's title is to be announced.