Character-driven film experience portrays the agriculture significance of America’s craft spirit
Documentary film producers behind the Netflix movie, Crafting A Nation, announce the production of, The Whiskey Film. The Whiskey Film has secured a signed distribution agreement and is scheduled for a Spring 2018 release. The film tells the story of handmade entrepreneurs who work to define American Whiskey from raw ingredients to the finished product.
“The whiskey industry in the United States is over 200 years old and when a Congressional Resolution declared Bourbon Whiskey as America’s native spirit in 1964, it gained a legitimacy in heritage. No other country can call their spirit: Bourbon Whiskey. Since then, state laws have loosened to allow more distilleries to open and thrive,” said Film Director, Thomas Kolicko.
“What we’re seeing now is a lot of very creative and driven entrepreneurs build upon the tradition. The Whiskey Film features the new generation of whiskey craftsmen and women and dives deep into the agriculture ties behind the end result,” said Kolicko.
The Whiskey Film takes a Chef’s Table, chapter-style approach to its character driven story telling. Currently, the film features three producers: Distillery 291, Deerhammer, and Colorado Malting Company from Colorado.
The Whiskey Film is on a nationwide search to find up to eight more distilleries to feature. The film will choose characters who exemplify the core themes of intention, tradition, education, history, and change over time. Interested parties can email: email@example.com.
“All distillers who make whiskey from scratch are agricultural entrepreneurs; and the ones who are successful, are deeply curious, creative and passionate about the craft. They pay homage to whiskey’s historical roots, while defining new styles, creating processes, and grabbing inspiration from locally-sourced unique ingredients. We’re telling the story of the modern day distiller,” said Kolicko.
The Whiskey Film will be funded through a crowdsourced Indiegogo campaign launched on March 15th, 2017. The first funding goal is set at $5,000. Each minute of final cut costs approximately $1,000, and to receive full funding, the film must raise $100,000.
Individuals are encouraged to support the documentary efforts by donating to the Indiegogo campaign. Those who donate to the campaign will receive different perks based on the amount. Perks will range from a thank you in the credits, to behind-the-scenes experiences, signed swag, advance film viewing, and the ability to vote on film locations.
“The Whiskey Film contributes to a narrative much larger than whiskey. It’s a forgotten story of hard work, determination, and the inspiration that comes through creating a product with your hands. The Whiskey Film offers backers the opportunity to engage with the creativity of whiskey culture and celebrate the hard-won successes of bootstrapped entrepreneurs. It’s the harnessed power of American agriculture and ingenuity the distillers use to craft their destinies alongside a superior and meaningful product,” said Kolicko.
LINK to The Whiskey Film photos.
LINK to The Whiskey Film trailer.
LINK to The Whiskey Film Indiegogo campaign.
Thomas Kolicko is a documentary director, and founder of Traverse Image LLC, based in Denver, Colorado. Best known for the films he directed and co-produced, Beer Culture and Crafting a Nation, Kolicko is drawn to documentary filmmaking in pursuit of uncovering authentic and handmade stories. A professional in the film industry for the past 13 years, Kolicko has worked with National Geographic, Outdoor Channel, Discovery, and Netflix. In 2015, he founded the Colorado-based digital film production company, Traverse Image LLC. Traverse Image services outdoor brands with original content production and creates documentary films.