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: