April 2014: Champagne Film at Festivals

A Year in Champagne – Palm Beach Film Festival in April
A Year in Burgundy: VOD available on iTunes. DVDs on amazon.com
A Year in Port – Editing and post-production commences
New film The Book Project starts production in San Francisco
8 Ways to Wellbeing: new website with feedback: 8waystowellbeing.com
John Brown’s Body at San Quentin Prison – unique screening
Emmy-winner Journey of the Universe available on VOD/DVD worldwide

East Coast premiere for A Year in Champagne

Written and directed by David Kennard
Camera and editing: Jamie Lejeune and James Kennard

What’s the story behind the creation of the world’s most famous wine? The second of InCA’s trilogy of wine films takes you behind the scenes of a mysterious and fascinating process. You’ll meet champion champagne-masters, hard-working family teams, Bouchon the Dog (his name means Cork), and live through one of the toughest years, weatherwise, the region has ever known.

East Coast Premiere at Palm Beach International Film Festival
Gala Screening set for Saturday April 5, 6.30pm at Muvico Parisian 20 Cineplex, West Palm Beach
with 9pm Champagne celebration to follow at the Eau Hotel and Resort

Watch for us at the Minneapolis and Newport Beach Festivals


Burgundy film a hit on iTunes. Find DVDs at Amazon.com

Written and directed by David Kennard
Camera and editing: Jamie Lejeune
Senior Producers: David Kennard and Martine Saunier
Executive Producer: Todd Ruppert

A YEAR IN BURGUNDY features a year in the life of six wine-making families of Burgundy, France. Shot on location in 2011 and early 2012, it is passionate, romantic and full of joy.

The film launched on 5 November in full worldwide distribution on iTunes, X-box etc. In the first month, it made #2 of all documentary sales in the US and UK (and in the top 10 in Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc). It is now available in French and German.

NOW IT’S AVAILABLE ON DVD, with extra material & deleted scenes on
amazon.com. FilmBuff of New York handle all markets (including limited theatrical release). Kino-Lorber are distributing DVDs in the US and (in multiple languages) worldwide in 2014.

The film has received many great reviews internationally, and has won the coveted Audience Prize at the prestigious OENOVIDEO Film Festival, held in Carcassonne, France. The prize-giving was held on September 28 at the French Senate in Paris. Follow our success and order copies here

Visit the film’s
website for all the latest news, and to watch the trailer.

Editing starts on third wine film: A Year in Port

Written and directed by David Kennard
Camera and editing: Jamie Lejeune and James Kennard

Our third film on fine wine, A Year in Port, completed its final location shooting in London and the city of Porto, Portugal in November. Editing started in February. The film will be finished by Winter 2014/5, and launched in early 2015. This will complete a 3-box DVD set of wine films, when released later next year.

8 Ways to Wellbeing: new film project and website

This new cross-platform documentary project features the ground-breaking work of Dr. Roger Walsh, Professor of Psychiatry, Anthropology and Philosophy at U.C. Irvine. Titled “8 Ways to Wellbeing”, the project investigates how TLC’s (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) can achieve dramatic effects not only to our physical well-being, but to our mental health.

How can we personally confront and control our anxiety, depression, even alzheimer’s? How toxic is our personal lifestyle? What can we do to change things, in small steps? The resulting 60-minute documentary will be nationally distributed on PBS. The website will offer information and support for “8 Ways” followers.

Please visit the new website, 8waystowellbeing.com
We are now searching for completion funds for this remarkable film project

Consultant and Director of Research:
Dr Elizabeth Kennard, PsyD, MFT
Senior Producer, Writer and Director:
David Kennard.

Watch the 12-minute promotional video

New documentary: The Book Project starts production

InCA is partnering with San Francisco’s unique and extraordinary
Arion Press to create a new short film about the history, present and future of high-end, collector’s-item book production. Arion creates the most extraordinary, valuable and highly-regarded books in the United States, using many technologies that date back hundreds of years. As the internet, e-readers and electronic media start to challenge the very existence of “books” on paper, Arion pushes the state of Gutenberg’s art to new heights, interleaving art of every sort into books of every shape and format. Creation of its 100th book, Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, will be the feature of the first film.

Location filming starts on March 4 and will continue throughout the Spring and early Summer

John Brown’s Body at San Quentin Prison

Twelve years ago, InCA partnered with film-maker Joe de Francesco and others to create a unique event at San Quentin Prison, on San Francisco Bay: ten inmates, many convicted of murder, performed a deeply moving theatrical version of the epic poem
JOHN BROWN’S BODY, which was filmed in front of a live audience. Now, Joe de Francesco has created a stunning documentary about the men who performed the play: what happened to them in the intervening years? How did the experience of becoming actors and creating a team shape their lives? On 27 February, 2014, the film received its “San Quentin Premiere” in front of visitors and inmates, and received an extraordinary, rapturous response.

Originally premiering in November 2013 at the Mill Valley Film Festival (three sell-out screenings),
JOHN BROWN’S BODY is now available for distribution in all media.

InCA’s Emmy-winning “Universe”: theatrical screening
Journey of the Universe
A mind-blowing journey through 14 billion years

A documentary special produced and directed by David Kennard and Patsy Northcutt
Location Producer (Samos, Greece): Lizzie Kennard

New theatrical screening of Journey of the Universe: San Rafael (CA) Film Center
March 31, with the producers and directors taking questions from the audience.

“Journey of the Universe” is a roller-coaster ride through 14 billion years of history, in 57 minutes!
Set in the Greek island of Samos, it is a unique experience, with stunning special effects.
The film won the Northern California Emmy for Best Documentary of 2012, and the
Global Award at the 2012 Montana CINE International Film Festival
Yale University Press publishes the book, also available in Korean & French. To order, visit here
DVDs are now available on amazon.com worldwide, with many different language versions.
The 20-part educational video series is now available. See here for a pdf press release

Written and presented by Brian Swimme, co-written and executive-produced by Mary Evelyn Tucker.
Produced and directed by David Kennard and Patsy Northcutt, with location producer Lizzie Kennard.

For more information on the film and the book, and to see the trailer, visit www.journeyoftheuniverse.org

Reinventing Yourself now available on DVD

Created and produced by Lizzie Kennard and David Kennard. Story producer Jamie Lejeune.
This compelling one-hour film tells the story of four people who decided to start life all over again –
re-shaping their work, their relationships and their world-view. Why and how did they take this step?
The final story shows how the Chickasaw nation decided to follow the path of creativity and re-invention.

Premiered in April/May 2012 on PBS stations nationally
Now available on DVD directly from InCA Productions

Watch a teaser trailer
Download the press kit PDF

“Deep Waters”: arctic documentary story

Created and produced by Alisha Lumea. Written and directed by David Kennard
InCA’s first ever short documentary feature is set in the Arctic.
Filming took place in August 2011 in Pangnirtung, a tiny Inuit community on Baffin Island.
The film features Inuit families as they battle for survival in this harsh but beautiful place.

Please click below to watch the story: “Summer Days”.

Watch the first story

Don't miss InCA’s timeless international music hit!

Keeping Score: Mahler – final episode of series featuring creativity in music

InCA’s legendary series has won the ASCAP/Deems Taylor and the German Record Critics’ Awards.
For more information, visit here. Our entire 10-part series on Great Symphonies, featuring Michael
Tilson Thomas and stunning locations all across Europe, was a national hit on PBS (2003 – 2011)
and is now being seen in 27+ countries, including the UK’s Sky Arts channel. Visit the award-winning
website of our co-producer, the San Francisco Symphony,
keepingscore.org: it’s incredible!

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