The night before their Master Sommelier exam, three friends hit emotional heights as they discuss the nuances of wine.

  • Mel Rosenberg
  • Mel Rosenberg
  • Chris Milliken
    Key Cast
  • Kevin Krause
    Key Cast
  • Todd Gaebe
    Key Cast
  • Austin Davison
    Director of Photography
  • Silver Speakman
    Audio Recordist
  • Austin Davison
  • Mel Rosenberg
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    7 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 14, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Mel Rosenberg

Mel Rosenberg is a Jewish writer and producer for independent film, television, digital and public radio. She began her work in production at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and has since produced and performed independent projects on stages at iO West and at the Upright Citizens Brigade. She produced the short film “Talk Outside,” which was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the SXSW 2020 Film Festival.

Mel currently lives and works in Los Angeles, where enjoys baking sourdough bread, hand-throwing ceramics and cuddling with her pup, Frankie.

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Director Statement

In early 2018, I became obsessed with the Master Sommelier exam and I found myself cramming with information trying to understand the process. GRAPES is a story about the dichotomy between the sophisticated and the messy, the confident and the uncertain, the way all 20-somethings are struggling for validation and also searching for that deep knowing that we are respected by our friends.