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Austin Beeman interviews Filmmakers Mark Ryan and Mark Johnston about their Lebanese Wine documentary: Wine and War.
WINE and WAR
The Untold Story of Wine in the Middle East is a feature documentary about the history of winemaking in Lebanon and the resilience of the Lebanese entrepreneurial spirit seen through the lens of war and instability.
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Austin Beeman is a 19 year veteran of the wine business with extensive experience in Marketing and Sales (wholesale, retail, & DTC.)
Currently Vice President of Marketing for Cutting Edge Selections, Austin has a deep knowledge of the global wine business with expertise in Direct-to-Consumer sales.
While Director of Marketing for Bonny Doon Vineyard, he managed one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns in the wine industry.
His video podcast “Understanding Wine with Austin Beeman” has been praised in USA Today and his photography has appeared in The Wall Street Journal.
Austin holds an MBA in Wine & Spirits Management from Kedge Business School in Bordeaux.
Mark Ryan - Director
A deep-rooted love for adventure and documenting the world around him led Mark towards his career. Over the past two decades, Mark has been a producer, director, and cinematographer on five continents and the North Pole. Early in his career, Mark was part of a film crew that was the first in thirty years to be given unprecedented access to the Hopi Indians of Arizona. This experience cemented Mark’s desire to sensitively tell the stories of other people.
Mark has a number of film credits under his belt including the James Beard Award-winning short films The Scent of Black and Stewards of the Land. He’s also served as a producer on the MTV hit show Pimp My Ride.
A Los Angeles native, Mark is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BA in Cinema Production. He also holds a post-graduate degree from Central St. Martins School of Fine Art in London.
Today, Mark combines his love for adventure, travel, and hearing the stories of other people with best practices for capturing scenes of film to create stunning imagery for clients around the world.
Mark Johnston - Director
Mark Johnston is a versatile and highly adaptable executive producer and documentary filmmaker who is known for tackling a full range of near-impossible production challenges with a proven track record of creative development in complex and cross-functional multicultural environments. Mark has invested all his savings to make documentaries. He doesn’t own a home. He literally once moved into a mini van to save money to film a documentary. Mark’s passion for the work takes him to the farthest places on the globe and he always strives to do what he can to help each project realize its full potential. Big budget or big challenge, domestic or around the globe... Mark has done it all with calm collection and inventive problem solving be it feature film documentaries, TV campaigns, brand funded content, animated short films, live event programming, experiential projects, the Lanzarote Iron Man, En Svensk Klassiker, Vasaloppet, and the Stones 100k Ultra Marathon. Mark is a graduate of the University of Southern California, ranked #1 film school in the United States.