Behind the Scenes with the Maker of "Blood Into Wine"

Seems everyone's getting into the alcohol business these days, from Olivia Newton-John and Dan Aykroyd to Ludacris and Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan. The difference is that Keenan is actually hands-on with his winery, while we're guessing the Grease and Ghostbusters celebs aren't getting their manicured nails dirty trimming vines or mashing grains.

Filmmakers Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke followed Keenan and mentor Eric Glomski for a year, chronicling the production of one vintage from beginning to end for the documentary film Blood Into Wine, opening February 19 with a red carpet premiere at Scottsdale's W Hotel (currently sold out, though you can catch the flick at Tempe's Harkins Valley Art Cinema the following week).

We got an advance look at the film last week. It's pretty fascinating, even if you're not a wine lover. Page and Pomerenke do a nice job of documenting the history and workings of the winery (first documented beautifully by our own Michele Laudig in 2008 -- we would have liked to see her make a film!) while capturing Keenan's offbeat sense of humor in skits like the opening "Focus on Interesting Things" faux talk show (see the trailer for a sneak peek). We caught up with local filmmaker Ryan Page, previously of Moog and The Heart is a Drum Machine and got the inside scoop on Maynard Keenan and the making of the flick. 

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Wynter Holden
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