Harvest Season: With Filmmaker Q&A


Harvest Season: With Filmmaker Q&A

This documentary is a compelling portrait of wine production in Napa and Sonoma, highlighting migrant vineyard workers and Mexican-American winemakers. It follows veteran winemaker Gustavo Brambila, vineyard manager Vanessa Robledo and migrant worker René Reyes through the dramatic grape harvest of 2017. During harvest, the number of workers doubles, and tourism is at its peak. Prices rise, tempers flare, and the pressures could not be greater for workers, growers and the small wine producer. Then wildfires ignite, threatening the livelihoods of both workers and farm owners. Despite mounting pressure, they forge ahead for next year’s harvest, since their work is both a labor of love and a cherished part of their heritage.Producer: Lauren Capps. Director Bernardo Ruiz (US 2018) 82 min

About the filmmaker
Bernardo Ruiz is a two-time Emmy® nominated documentary filmmaker and member of the Academy. He was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. His directorial feature debut, Reportero (POV, 2013) about attacks on the press in Mexico premiered at Full Frame (U.S.), IDFA (Europe) and Ambulante (Mexico). New York Magazine called it “a powerful reminder of how journalism often requires immense amounts of physical and psychological bravery.” His second feature documentary,Kingdom of Shadows (POV, 2016) premiered at SXSW in the U.S. and IDFA in Europe.   

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