Justin Samuels graduated from Cornell University with a BA in History. He later graduated with a MA in English Education from Columbia University. He's currently an activist for marijuana legalization and for ending the war on drugs. His first film Wine Tasting was filmed in the beginning of 2017.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
How Wine Tasting Became a Film
The first draft of Wine Tasting was written in 2013. The final draft of the spec script was written in 2015. In between I'd received feedback from BlackList readers and did my revisions. I entered Wine Tasting as a screenplay into some festivals, and it placed as finalist in Sunscreen Film Festival West, Beverly Hills Film Festival, and Evolution, Mallorca Film Festival.
Wine Tasting placing as finalist got me some interviews. I was interviewed by La Libertad, Search My Trash, and by Cinemaddicts. Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa took notice. He proposed that he direct Wine Tasting. I agreed and worked on raising the budget till I got it. The film can be viewed here.