The 2013 Washington West Film Festival kicked off with a showing of Songs from Film at the Artisphere in Rosslyn a few minutes ago. The Festival runs through Sunday. I attended the Film Festival last year and discovered that the quality of movies and the impact of their messages get right to the heart of the human condition. This year is no different.
Story can change the world.
Festival founder, Brad Russell, says that “…all [movies selected] have elements to inspire and educate, as well as entertain.”
Inspiration reaches far beyond this weekend. The Washington West Film Festival donates 100% of box office net proceeds from regular screenings to help solve big problems such as hunger, education, disease, or displacement—both locally and abroad.
One of this year’s entries, Grape, The Movie, was written and produced by Rushaway Pictures, a bi-coastal, independent film production company based in L.A. and Manassas, VA. I saw Grape, The Movie at a preview this summer. It’s spellbinding.
The movie tells a compelling story of a grieving winemaker, Grayson Delecourt, who is considering the sale of his vineyard. One wintery afternoon, Delecourt receives an unwelcome visitor. He soon discovers that Tyler, the disheveled young man who stumbled into his tasting room, faces life-altering decisions of his own, and over the course of the evening, the two forge an interesting bond.
Trailer: Grape, The Movie
Rushaway Pictures filmed Grape, The Movie at Mt. Welby and Linden Vineyards. In addition to a story line that drew me in and held my complete attention, I like the film because I’ve been to both “sets.” Mt. Welby is an historic country estate that is available for weddings, weekend getaways, and exclusive corporate retreats.
Linden Vineyards is just down the road from Mt. Welby. Acquired by Jim Law in 1983, the vineyard produces 4,000 cases of wine per year. I think it’s some of the best wine Virginia has to offer. That’s saying something for someone who used to live in California.
Grape, The Movie is showing Friday evening and Sunday morning in Reston. Check out the entire 2013 Washington West Film Festival schedule. You just might find a movie that changes your life. I know I did last year.