Filmmaker Emily Railsback and award-winning sommelier Jeremy Quinn provide intimate access to rural family life in the Republic of Georgia as they explore the rebirth of 8,000-year-old winemaking traditions almost lost during the period of Soviet rule. By using unobtrusive iPhone technology, Railsback brings the voices and ancestral legacies of modern Georgians directly to the viewer, revealing an intricate and resilient society that has survived regular foreign invasion and repeated attempts to erase Georgian culture. The revival of traditional winemaking is the central force driving this powerful, independent and autonomous nation to find its 21st century identity.
Q&A with Emily Railsback and Jeremy Quinn, John Wurdeman, Laursab Togonidze and Levan & Eliso Koguashvili
Emily Railsback is an independent filmmaker, screenwriter, designer and photographer based in Chicago, USA. After studying film at Columbia College Chicago, she made short films and music videos but also focused on the visual arts and humanitarian work. Her short films, which have screened at various festivals, include The First Fall, Fort, Atoms, At Papa’s, A Fool, The 6th Stage of Sugar and WarBaby, for which she was awarded an Albert P. Weisman grant. She is currently working on Ad Astra, a film set in her hometown following the election of Donald Trump.
2012 The First Fall
2013 Atoms · The 6th Stage of Sugar · The Fool · Fort
2014 The Vain Illusionist · WarBaby · At Papa’s
2017 Our Blood is Wine
Our Blood Is Wine had its World Premiere at the Berlinale, February 2018