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Documentary Night: BREWMASTER

DIRECTED BY: Douglas Tirola



Post-film Q&A with director Douglas Tirola, producers Susan Bedusa and Danielle Rosen, and castmember Drew Kostic


In 1998 there were less than 1,500 breweries in the United States - now there are over 7,000. BREWMASTER tells the story of the rise of craft beer through two young men pursuing their dreams in the world of beer. Drew is a New York lawyer who wants to start his own brewery. He uses every free moment to make this a reality while preparing for a pitch with a potential investor. Brian, an ex-telemarketer, is studying to become a Master Cicerone - the beer equivalent of a sommelier - which requires taking a test only 13 people have ever passed. Set in the craft beer community, the film features successful brewers Sam Calagione, John and Jen Kimmich, Jim Koch, Garrett Oliver and Rob Tod.


Douglas Tirola is an award-winning director and producer whose documentaries have been distributed around the world and have premiered at some of the most prestigious film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, HotDocs, and SXSW. His first documentary, AN OMAR BROADWAY FILM, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film was followed up by the award-winning ALL IN – THE POKER MOVIE and the James Beard nominated HEY BARTENDER. His producing credits include: MAKING THE BOYS and FAKE IT SO REAL, both NY Times Critic’s Picks, the award-winning ACTRESS and KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE, which won a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as BISBEE ’17, which recently premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. His last film, DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON, features interviews with many alumni and supporters of the National Lampoon. The film had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures nationwide. Douglas has worked as a screenwriter for Paramount, Universal, Fox, Warner Brothers, Sony, and New Line. Earlier in his career, he worked on films with directors Woody Allen, Robert Benton and Penny Marshall.

Susan Bedusa is a documentary film producer and Senior Vice President of Production & Development at 4th Row Films. Her eleven feature documentaries have all premiered at the world’s most prestigious festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, Edinburgh and SXSW. Susan’s most recent films include BISBEE ’17 which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Sundance winner KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE, and A&E Indiefilm’s DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON, which premiered at Sundance and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures. Susan’s other credits include ACTRESS, HEY BARTENDER, AN OMAR BROADWAY FILM, MAKING THE BOYS, and KATI WITH AN I. Before 4th Row, Susan worked alongside Fine Line Founder, Ira Deutchman as his Director of Development at Emerging Pictures. She is currently producing several other features including one about a former heavy metal rockstar turned classical composer. Susan is a graduate of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI where she earned degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing. She graduated from Staples High School in Westport, CT.

Danielle Rosen is a documentary film producer and Vice President of Creative Content at 4th Row Films. Danielle’s interest in non-fiction storytelling began while attending Skidmore College. While studying Psychology and Theater, she was encouraged by a professor to look into documentary filmmaking as a way to incorporate both studies into one medium. From that moment on, Danielle knew she had found her calling. Danielle was brought on at 4th Row Films as an Associate Producer for AN OMAR BROADWADY FILM. She then went on to co-produce ALL IN – THE POKER MOVIE, HEY BARTENDER, DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD, and KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE. Most recently, Danielle has been heading up 4th Row Films’ Creative Content Division where she creates branded entertainment for companies such as Avon, Colgate, McDonalds and Poland Spring. Some highlights include directing a short film for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a web series with Avon, and producing the 2017 Spirited Awards, an annual award show that highlights accomplishments in the cocktail and bartending community.




RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes






Carte Blanche: FREE
Nonmembers - $13
Members - $8
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