"Blood Into Wine", the eagerly awaited documentary on TOOL/PUSCIFER frontman Maynard James Keenan and his vineyard partner Eric Glomski's mission to bring notoriety and respect to Northern Arizona's burgeoning wine industry, will premiere at the W Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 19, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Co-directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke ("Moog", "The Heart is a Drum Machine"), the documentary was shot using multiple Red One cameras, allowing cinematographer Cary Truelick to capture the craggy landscape surrounding Keenan's vineyards in stunning detail. Editor Robert Beadle skillfully worked with over 200 hours of footage to help craft the story of two pioneer winemakers in an unforgiving region.
While the film focuses on Keenan's winemaking, "Blood Into Wine" gives a larger picture of the often reclusive singer.
"Maynard is as mysterious and complex as rumored so we don't know exactly why he allowed our cameras and questions into his world for the winemaking year of 2009," explains Page. "But once we got past his pitbulls and his crossbows we were surprised that Maynard was open with us challenging the perception of him as a celebrity winemaker and the notion that making wine in Arizona is like making wine on the moon," Pomerenke adds. "Maynard and Eric continue to surprise the winemaking world right now."
"Blood Into Wine" was produced by Chris "Topper" McDaniel, Ryan Page, Jason Stall, and Christopher Pomerenke.
Nationwide screenings will be announced shortly, with a DVD release coming spring 2010.