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Vine Culture

Vine Culture is an exclusive interview with 57th Street Wines Sommelier Derrick Westbrook. During this particular interview, Derrick defines this obscure concept Sommelier, and discussed the hardship of being an African American and a wine connoisseur.

  • Reginald Rice
  • Reginald Rice
  • Reginald Rice
  • Derrick Westbrook
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    8 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 16, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    467 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography

Reginald J. Rice is an emerging writer and filmmaker from the South Side of Chicago. His short films and documentaries are heavily influenced by life in the city, moral dilemmas, and dismantling invisible walls that divide class and cultures. While growing up in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, Reginald began to see what was aesthetically pleasing about what most people consider undesirable and gritty. This change in perspective laid the foundation for Reginald’s journey into learning about the storytelling art form and film. Today, Reginald is documenting a community of artisans, musicians, and independent artist to demystify the creative process.

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Director Statement

I believe that composition & light are the key elements that have the potential to enchant and capture the emotional core of an audience. In a big city like Chicago we constantly have various devices & noise pollution competing for our attention. It wasn't until I picked up a camera that I began to learn how to isolate objects and understand the impact that an image can have. Visual literacy has become one of the most important goals for me to enhance. In this fast-pace society, we have a tendency to overlook the profound details within an object. Therefore, through cinema my objective is to slowing down time to indulge the attention of the audience in the small details that is crucial to telling stories visually.