•• It’s been 10 years since Miles and Jack’s wine-soaked romp through the vineyards of Santa Barbara wine country, and the impact of these memorable Sideways characters—created by by author Rex Pickett and brought to life by director Alexander Payne and a top-notch cast and crew—is still being celebrated throughout the region. This Academy Award-winning movie introduced the world to the incredible Pinot Noirs of Santa Barbara, and has forever changed the wine world’s perception of the bounty that Santa Barbara County has to offer.
The 10th anniversary celebrations for the movie Sideways kicked off last weekend with a wonderful party at Clenenden Ranch. Hosted by restaurateur and winemaker Frank Ostini (The Hitching Post II Restaurant & Winery) and winemaker Jim Clendenen (Au Bon Climat), this “Pig Pickin’ Party” was quite the shindig, featuring director Payne and movie star Paul Giamatti, an impressive roster of local winemakers, as well as special guests Jim n’ Nick’s BBQ of Birmingham, Alabama. Continue reading The 10th anniversary celebrations for “Sideways” kicked off last weekend with a party at Clenenden Ranch
•• The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation and Direct Relief teamed up to help turn wine into funds, in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the release of wine-themed “Sideways.” The Santa Barbara Wine Auction, the biennial gala event in its fourteenth year, raised $3 million in donations for Direct Relief. It also included a reunion of the stars of “Sideways,” drawing appeal for fans of the comedy.
In the 2004 film, Miles and Jack, played by Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church, respectively, took a trip to Santa Barbara’s wine country and repaired their lives during journey.
The foundation felt that the film’s plot aligned well with their goal of generating funds for Direct Relief through the wine auction. As an organization, Direct Relief aims to provide medical aid and relief to people facing emergency situations around the globe.
“A significant component of that number was contributed by bidders desiring the chance to come together to celebrate the anniversary of the release of ‘Sideways’ at a ten year reunion dinner,” said foundation president Jennifer Williamson Dore. Direct Relief matched the foundation by 30 times, thus generating $90 million in aid to people both domestically and abroad.
•• Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media (FDM) announced today that they have acquired theatrical and all DVD/VOD rights to JAKE SQUARED, the existential comedy from writer/director Howard Goldberg (director of Sundance Festival favorite EDEN). Watch the trailer below!
The film features Elias Koteas (“Chicago PD”), Jennifer Jason Leigh, Academy Award-nominee Virginia Madsen, Jane Seymour and Mike Vogel (“Under the Dome”). JAKE SQUARED was produced by Goldberg, Koteas, and David K. Wilson. Executive Producer was Oren Koules (“Saw” series and “2 1/2 Men”). The film is slated for a theatrical and VOD release on August 15th, 2014.
Jake Klein, 50 (Koteas), sets out to make a movie. He hires an actor to play himself and throws a big party. His idea is to shoot the heck out of it and see what he gets. But, everything spins out of control as different, unexpected people show up. Old loves are there. New loves are there. His dead father, his mother when she was young, his kids, his ex-wife, even his younger selves, Jake at 40, Jake at 30 and Jake at 17, are there, too – and every one of them has tons of advice on how to fix his screwed up life. Jake’s head reels as he staggers through what’s either a mystical experience, a nervous breakdown… or both!
Freestyle Releasing Co-President Mark Borde brokered the deal with Howard Goldberg. “Jake Squared is a funny, star-packed indie darling,” said Borde, “we are very happy to now be offering it to a wide audience.”
JAKE SQUARED was recently the centerpiece film at the 2014 Downtown Film Festival of Los Angeles and won both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress — Feature Film awards, for Virginia Madsen and Jane Seymour, respectively.