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Exclusive clip: Bernardo Ruiz’s “Harvest Season” on ‘Independent Lens’

American pubcaster PBS hosts the broadcast television premiere of Bernardo Ruiz’s acclaimed feature-length documentary Harvest Season across its long-standing documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’ tonight (May 13). The 83-minute film probes the ...
May 13, 2019

American pubcaster PBS hosts the broadcast television premiere of Bernardo Ruiz’s acclaimed feature-length documentary Harvest Season across its long-standing documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’ tonight (May 13).

The 83-minute film probes the lives of the temporary laborers, permanent residents and multi-generational Latinos intimately connected to the production of premium wines in the Napa and Sonoma regions of Northern California.

Harvest Season follows the stories of three subjects essential to the Californian wine industry: veteran winemaker Gustavo Brambila, Mexican migrant worker René Reyes, and wine entrepreneur Vanessa Robledo. The film sets out to paint a nuanced portrait of Napa’s Latino winemakers, as well as the often low-wage, largely Latino workforce of grafters, pruners, pickers and cellar workers. Their stories unfold against the backdrop of California’s devastating 2017 wildfires, which decimated the region and killed 42 people.

The doc is a copro of Quiet Pictures and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

Lauren Capps is co-producer. Andrea Cordoba is associate producer. Executive producers are Sally Jo Fifer and Lois Vossen alongside LPB’s Sandie Viquez Pedlow.

Harvest Season will also be available simultaneously for online streaming via the PBS site.

Check out an exclusive clip of the documentary below:

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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