Grape Wins “Best of Fest” at Alexandria Film Festival

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The movie Grape filmed by Rushaway Pictures, LLC at Mount Welby and Linden Vineyards won “Best of Fest” at the Alexandria Film Festival November 10th beating out over 60 foreign-language films, shorts, documentaries and feature-length productions.

"It was a great experience filming in Virginia wine country and having Mount Welby as a centerpiece of the story. We had an incredible cast and a Virginia-based crew that made my job easy.”

Mount Welby and Linden Vineyards featured in Rushaway Pictures’ latest film

The movie Grape filmed by Rushaway Pictures, LLC at Mount Welby and Linden Vineyards won “Best of Fest” at the Alexandria Film Festival November 10th beating out over 60 foreign-language films, shorts, documentaries and feature-length productions chosen from more than 200 submissions from around the world.

The Alexandria Film Festival, founded seven years ago, provides a thought-provoking mix of programming and genres with rich screen offerings that are diverse in subject matter, presentation and perspective, and offer the viewer an experience they simply cannot get anywhere else,” said festival chair Patti North. One of the most beautiful things about Grape is how it features Mount Welby and Linden Vineyards as characters in this short film.

GRAPE, directed by Daniel Stine, is a 29-minute fantasy-drama is set against the backdrop of the Virginia wine country and features veteran actor Linden Ashby of Mortal Combat fame. The movie takes place on a Virginia vineyard where a grieving winemaker ponders the sale of his family vineyard, receives an unwelcome overnight visitor on a bleak, wintry afternoon. He soon discovers that Tyler, the drunken, disheveled young man who stumbled into his tasting room faces life-altering decisions of his own, and over the course of an awkward evening, the two forge a tenuous common bond. When Grayson retires to bed, Tyler is left alone to wander the house and nearby winery. He soon encounters a host of a very different sort and is transported into a hauntingly beautiful midnight journey that will give him a glimpse into the past history of Delecourt Vineyards and a hint of what fate holds in store for him and the once-proud Virginia estate.

“I was very honored to have Mount Welby selected as the backdrop for Grape by Rushaway Pictures and director Daniel Stine, and enjoyed working with the crew during the project,” said Michel Heitstuman, owner of Mount Welby.

Released in August of this year, Grape has already been selected for 11 festivals, including the Oscar-qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival. Rushaway is currently working to produce two feature films--a psychological thriller entitled Mannin Bay and the yet-to-be titled full-length feature version of Grape, showcasing the Virginia wine industry and the surrounding countryside.

About Rushaway Pictures
Rushaway Pictures, LLC is a northern Virginia and Los Angeles-based independent film production company founded in 2010. Rushaway has produced or co-produced three award-winning short films including Grape, and currently has two feature-length projects in development.

About Daniel Stine
Daniel Stine is the writer/director of three short films, which cumulatively have won nearly 30 awards at film festivals around the country. As an actor, he has appeared in each of his films as well as a number of other independent productions. Daniel is a graduate of Oakton High School and earned a film degree in 2008 from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

About Mount Welby Mount Welby is an historic country estate built in 1823 and totally restored in 2005 by owner Michel Heitstuman. The private house, which is available to rent, is located 60 miles west of Washington DC in the heart of the Virginia Wine Country with over 20 wineries within 10 miles of the estate. The 6,500 sq. ft. 5-bedroom house sits majestically atop a hill that overlooks the estate's meadows, a mountain brook, several ponds, gardens and nature trails. Mount Welby has picturesque views of the Blue Ridge Mountain range, the Shenandoah National Park and the world-famous 'Skyline Drive' and is within minutes of over 20 vineyards.

About Linden Vineyards
Linden Vineyards is a 4,000-case winery and vineyard situated in the Virginia Blue Ridge, 65 miles west of Washington, D.C. Three vineyards supply all the grapes used to make Linden wines: Hardscrabble, the estate vineyard, 18 acres surrounding the winery; Boisseau, 4 acres, 7 miles west of Linden, and Avenius, 5 acres, less than one mile north of Linden Vineyards. Jim Law, the owner and winemaker of Linden Vineyards is an Ohio native who started Linden Vineyards in 1981. The grapes grown at Linden include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Vidal and Seyval. Their first vintage was in 1987 and the first release and opening of the winery was 1988.

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