-#8216;American Wine Story' film

The documentary "American Wine Story" will be featured at the Mendocino Film Festival June 1 in Philo.

The film follows people who abandoned careers and lives to pursue their dreams in wine.

Alan Baker of Healdsburg left behind a 17-year radio career in Minnesota and is now proprietor of Cartograph Wines. Mike Officer of Santa Rosa quit as a software developer in San Francisco to produce zinfandel.

The filmmakers interviewed winemakers and industry insiders from six different states, including Virginia, tracing American winemaking roots back to Thomas Jefferson's early attempts to establish a commercial vineyard.

Director David Baker, along with cinematographer Truen Pence and producer Kegan Sims, will be on hand to answer questions after the film.

"American Wine Story" will screen as part of the festival's Cinema in the Vineyard series at Balo Vineyards in Philo at 4:30 p.m..

(Compiled by Derek Moore. Submit items to derek.moore@pressdemocrat.com.)

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