Press Release

Home brewed film about Minnesota beer opens this summer.

The independently produced documentary Crafted to Last – Minnesota Beer Blossoms
will debut on Saturday July 19, 2014 at the Parkway Theater in South Minneapolis. The world premiere of this important film will include local beer, food and music.

Crafted to Last features an original score composed by Zack Lozier especially for the film. Zack is an in-demand performer and composer in MN and around the country. Because Zack is a stalwart of the Twin Cities music community he was able to bring in an array of local talent to the project. The score is a highlight of the film. It includes two unique montage segments in which the music, audio and video step outside of the typical documentary format to celebrate water and beer.

An immediate effort is the Campaign for Music; our first community funding effort. The money raised will be used to pay for the music CDDF Productions has commissioned for the film and bonus material and for live music performances at the Opening Night events beginning with Minneapolis on July 19. The campaign ends on June 18 but may be extended if necessary.

Media Contact: Dave Okar, [email protected]
Details about the documentary film: This is a home brewed film because it was made with the same sense of experimentation and dedication to style that are so prevalent in the brewing community.

Crafted to Last is a feature-length film shot on location at 16 breweries and brew pubs in 10 cities across Minnesota from February 2012 through April 2014. A wide cross section of the Minnesota brewing community appear in the documentary talking about beer, brewing, laws, family, history and many other verbal trinkets and quotable quotes. The documentary is notable because it captured the earliest phases of the 2 year old boom in the craft/local beer brewing sector touched off by reform of the statewide beer distribution laws effective in January 2012.

The film puts the calculated frenzy of the modern day expansion in the historical contexts of the brew pubs in the 1980’s and ‘90’s, as well as prohibition and corporate consolidation after WW2 and through the 1970’s. It tells the stories of many people from around the state that are building local businesses and have deep meaningful connections to the neighborhoods and local communities. The film is a moving snapshot of an incredible moment for craft beer in Minnesota.

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