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Crafting A Nation

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 8:00pm
On February 6th, 8pm Casket Cinema will present CRAFTING A NATION. A new film which travels the country documenting the exploding craft brewing industry. The film expertly portrays the difficulty and risk many of these young entrepreneurs take by betting it all on their dream brewery. Minneapolis is one of the many cities recorded in the movie with the local breweries; INDEED, HARRIET and FULTON are some of the local taprooms they filmed in Minnesota.
 
We'll have THREE special guests: Brenden Harris , the films' director of photography will talk about making the movie; and Brett Michlitsch and Lonnie Manresa, upstart local brewers who will share their current experience in opening their new brewpub. If that is not enough, we will also have the MN Homebrewers Association here! Bring your homebrew for a candid evaluation from our local brew club. 
 
Casket Cinema cofounder Wilbur Ince will lead our special post film Q&A's, and takes the mission in our movies to a very personal place. We believe the act of sitting down and talking about issues is part of our responsibility as citizens and a prelude to action. Signs ups for local organizations and literature on how you can activate on this issue will be present for each attendee. 
 
This evening promises to be full of libations and great drink, please BYOB! We may also have some test batch beer from Brett, and some homebrews from the MHBA. 
 
This evening promises to be full of libations and great drink, please BYOB! 
 
The film CRAFTING A NATION is available at: http://www.CraftingaNation.com/
Watch the trailer at: http://youtu.be/mJjTyz9aEsI
 
What: "Crafting A Nation" plays Thursday, February 6th, at 8pm. Doors at 6:45 for the MN Homebrewers Association meeting. Film will start at 8pm. 
Cost: Donation of $5 will go to the filmmakers. 
Special Guests: Director of Photography, Brenden Harris and the MN Homebrewers Association. 
 
Film Synopsis: 

Despite the economic downturn currently in America, a new exciting industry is on the rise.  The American Craft Brewers are truly rebuilding the economy from the ground up. They are creating great beer while also creating jobs, tax revenue, and a drive that cannot be stopped for creating a better tomorrow.

This documentary follows several of the key players in the industry as well as many breweries that are only known within their communities. The characters that we follow in this film all display a common thread of creating a product that stands for something while maintaining true to their local roots.

This principal photography was shot nationwide. We have selected different states that represent different sections of the United States: California, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Delaware, Massachusetts, Minnesota and North Carolina. Each state was selected for a particular purpose. We could not go to all 50 states. 

Crafting A Nation features breweries, small businesses, and individuals that are growing because of the rise in the American craft beer movement. The characters that have been selected for this film are all picked for their passion, and dedication. Our characters are striving to not only create unique and American-made but they are also committed to the improvement of the quality of life despite the odds faced by the economic downturn. 

The Crafting A Nation producing team has spent over a year working on capturing only the highest level of production. The director of photography has been working closely with the cinematographers to push their skills to the next level. The production team has used many different tools to bring capture a visually stimulating representation of America.

Along with the film we are also launching a behind the scenes webisode series on our website.