"Blood Into Wine", the forthcoming documentary about Maynard James Keenan (frontman for TOOL, PUSCIFER and A PERFECT CIRCLE) and vineyard partner Eric Glomski's mission to bring notoriety and credibility to Northern Arizona's burgeoning wine industry, arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on May 4.
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.
"Blood Into Wine" will hit the big screen this winter. It opens February 19 at select theaters throughout the country. The details are as follows:
Albuquerque - Guild Cinema - Mar. 13
Austin - Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek - Feb. 19 - 20
Boston - Somerville Theatre - Feb. 26 - 28
Davenport (IA) - Capitol Theatre - Feb. 19, 21 & 26
Houston - Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks - Feb. 19 - 20
Los Angeles - Laemmle Sunset - Feb. 25 - 28
Minneapolis - Riverview Theatre - Mar. 4
Phoenix - Premiere: W Hotel - Feb. 19 ; Valley Art Theater - Feb 26 - Mar. 4
Salem (MA) - Cinema Salem - Mar. 12 - 18
Salt Lake City - Tower Theatre - Mar. 5 - 11
San Antonio - Alamo Drafthouse The Market - Feb. 19
San Antonio - Alamo Drafthouse West Lakes - Feb. 20
San Diego - La Paloma Theatre - Feb. 19 & 21
San Francisco - Viz Cinema - Feb. 25
Keenan recently told The Pulse of Radio that having cameras follow him around for the film wasn't the easiest thing. "Oh yeah, believe me, it's not really what we do," he said. "It's not high on my list of things I desire, being under a microscope. But, you know, it was necessary for this process, for what's going on in just our area in general -- of course, areas everywhere, but I think in northern Arizona, we just need it. We need something like this."
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.