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Manual labor focus of film
Filmmakers examine the wine harvest
Independent filmmakers follow the back-breaking labor of harvest grapes for wine in Sonoma County, Calif., for the film “Harvest.”

Forget about swirling, sniffing, and sipping, “Harvest” takes a look at the back-breaking manual labor and 2 a.m. night pickings of harvesting grapes and making wine.

“Harvest” follows five family wineries in Sonoma County, Calif., during the 2011 harvest, which turned out to be the worst in that region in 50 years.

The feature-length documentary is the next film in Suwanee’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers and will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Movie Tavern. Tickets are $6 each and available at Movie Tavern, 2855 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, or online at

Attendees may interact with filmmaker John Beck, who spends his time directing and producing documentaries, shooting promotional videos and writing as a freelance journalist. The winner of numerous film festival awards, Beck was born in Nashville but lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Suwanee’s independent film series will continue with three more movies to be shown in February, March, and April. The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is funded by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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