We’re currently at the Newport Beach Film Festival, where we’re premiering American Wine Story tomorrow. What we do as filmmakers would largely be pointless without the unimaginable amount of work that people at the NBFF and other festivals around the country do to bring audiences and indie films together.

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Without them, it would be nearly impossible for us to find a theater. From the day we were accepted, festival staff and volunteers were on the ground working to fill seats, passing out post cards, delivering media screeners, connecting us with the press and preparing to host us. They’ve gone out of their way to show hospitality to and create community for the filmmakers. What an honor to debut our film here.