The Underwoods of Napa Valley Movie
Unemployed chef, Briana Rutledge inherits a cottage on one thousand acres of land in California’s Napa Valley making her a millionaire. She sets out to turn the cottage into her dream restaurant, but Tiffany Young and her father, restaurateur Nathaniel Young, plot to run Briana out of town. Kenton Underwood wants to expand Underwood Hills Winery by adding white wines to the label, but rival vintner, Peter Keller of Eagles Nest Winery plots to destroy Kenton’s expansion plans. Kenton also suffers from an obsession that fuels his competitive behavior that threatens his relationship with Briana. Briana harbors a deep-seated fear that prevents her future happiness with Kenton.
The Underwoods of Napa Valley is a feature-length film based on Janice L. Dennie’s novel, Kenton’s Vintage Affair, part of her Underwoods of Napa Valley 4-book romance series. Explore Books by Janice Dennie – http://amzn.to/2EHxorC
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Genres: Romance | Duration: 1 hour 37 minutes
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BAN Interview for Underwoods of Napa Valley Movie
Who are you? Tell us in your own words about your work in publishing and in film.
JLD: I am Janice L. Dennie. I write my own line of romance novels and produce them into Independent films through my company, Kente Publications & Productions LLC. My first film is “The Underwoods of Napa Valley,” based on Kenton’s Vintage Affair, the first novel in “The Underwoods of Napa Valley” series.
What inspired you to make The Underwoods of Napa Valley movie?
JLD: I wrote the book after I discovered a black winery in Napa Valley. I lived in the city next to Napa Valley for years and never knew black wineries existed until I heard of Bates Winery, owned by Dr. Earnest Bates and his partner. I wondered how a black wine producing family lived. The only TV show I had ever seen about a winery was Falcon Crest back in the 1980’s, so I invented the Underwood family.
The Underwoods of Napa Valley is a rags to riches story about eighty-three year old Henrietta Underwood and her grandchildren. Henrietta, and her deceased husband Frank, worked as Sharecroppers growing corn and cotton in Waco, Texas before they came to California during the Great Migration in the fifties. They purchased land when it was dirt cheap in Napa and grew basic produce. They became overnight millionaires when the value of their land shot up in the eighties and they switched to growing grapes and started Underwood Hills Winery. Henrietta has only one goal in life these days, and that is to marry all of her grandchildren to loving spouses before she dies.
What inspired you to make a film?
JLD: My mother who always told me that you can do anything you want, if you put your mind to it, and the great, Madam C.J. Walker who said, “Don’t wait for opportunities to come your way, create them yourself.” Both women inspired me to believe in myself, so I started my own film company with plans to make all of my books into films or a television/web series.
Where did you find financing for The Underwoods of Napa Valley movie?
JLD: I used the proceeds from my book sales to finance most of the film along with personal investments and a few small investors.
What did you enjoy most about making this film?
JLD: I’m a hands on person. I enjoyed writing the screenplay, selecting the actors and film crew. They are like family to me now. With the advances in technology, anyone can make a movie these days even with a cell phone. I just believed I could do it, and I did it.
When was The Underwoods of Napa Valley movie be released?
JLD: February 1, 2018 during Black History month. I wanted to release it then because I want people to know this is the first film ever made about a Black winery located in Napa Valley. My Underwoods of Napa Valley short film has been accepted into the SUNDANCE Film Festival. It has been accepted into other film festivals that you can find on my website: http://www.theunderwoodsofnapavalley.com