(Des Moines, IA) – Greetings from Modern American Cinema! We are proud to announce that Kristian Day’s documentary Capone’s Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye will begin its theatrical run starting this Friday in Iowa City, IA and will continue the run in select theaters until the end of September. Most cities will only be offering a one or two day showing and a small number of theaters have been selected to include film maker Q&A sessions after the screenings.
Kristian Day’s documentary film chronicles the history of the infamous whiskey cookers of Carroll County from their outlaw days of Prohibition to when the liquor became legal in 2006. During the Prohibition Era, west central Iowa farmers cooked whiskey in their barns and machine sheds to supplement their income in the harsh times. The finished product was of such a high quality that it quickly made its way to speakeasies in Chicago, Kansas City, and Omaha through Italian gangster Al Capone. For almost 80 years the product was considered illegal until it was introduced in 2006 as a legal brand of top shelf liquor. The film made its debut on December 4th, 2011 at the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines, Iowa.
“This film uncovers a part of Iowa’s history that has been kept in the dark for almost a hundred years,” says Day. “I wanted to tell a story of survival and community spirit without taking away the mystique that it has carried with it for so long.”
Theaters who are interested in booking Capone’s Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye should contact Kristian Day and Modern American American Cinema, LLC directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day, 26, a native of Rock Island, IL, went to high school in Cedar Rapids and attended the University of Colorado at Denver in the music industry studies program. In 2008, Day began directing and producing his own movies. His short films have played all over the world including Austria, Greece and Italy. His films have also been screened at various festivals in cities across the United States including Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.
This movie is the third movie in Day’s MADE IN IOWA documentary series, which has previously included Brent Houzenga: Hybrid Pioneer (available on DVD) and Templeton Rye: Iowa’s Good Stuff (30 minute short), which aired along side the Ken Burns’ series Prohibition on Iowa Public Television this past October and is currently available on Amazon’s Video On Demand. The ongoing series tells the stories of the innovative people, places and ideas that have influenced Iowa’s culture.
Modern American Cinema, LLC is an independent film production & distribution company based in Des Moines, Iowa. Founded in 2010, the company specializes in creating full-feature narratives and educational documentaries for international distribution.
Current screening dates include:
March 1st at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA (private alumni/student screening)
March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at the Bijou Cinema in Iowa City w/ film maker Q&A
March 10th at the Iowa Theater in Winterset, IA
March 10th at the Rialto Theater in Pocahontas, IA
March 22nd at Mayne Stage in Chicago, IL w/ film maker Q&A *Whiskey Fest Event*
March 23rd at The Grand Theater in Eldora, IA
March 24th & 25th at the Central Theater in Geneseo, IL
March 24th at the Grand Theater in Greenfield, IA
March 26th & 28th at the Prairie Cinema in Prairie Du Chien, WI
March 29th at the Orpheum Theater in Marshalltown, IA w/ film maker Q&A
April 10th at the Elkader Cinema in Elkader, IA
April 13th at the Palace Theater in Vinton, IA w/ film maker Q&A
April 28th at the Mindframe Theater in Dubuque, IA w/ film maker Q&A
April 28th & 29th at the New Strand Theater in West Liberty, IA
April 28th & 29th at the Dreamland Theater in Carson, IA
May 11th &12th at the Donna Reed Theater in Denison, IA w/ film maker Q&A
September 28th & 29th at the Temple Twin Theatre in Mount Pleasant, IA
North Korea’s “Dear Leader” Spends Millions on Cognac while his People Starve
By Matt Goldstein
Nothing says communism like a $630 bottle of Hennessey Cognac. That appears to be Kim Jong IL’s favorite drink, and according to Hennessy reports; North Korea’s “Dear Leader” spends about $700,000 per year on his favorite Cognac. We at Whiskey Goldmine are fans of debauchery. That is a fact. However, when you’re supposed to be a communist and a communist leader of a country where you’re responsible for millions of people, the debauchery should probably be kept to an acceptable level, especially when one is using the people’s money to fund the decadence and materialistic self indulgence. A wealthy dictator purchasing 1000 bottles of absurdly overpriced Cognac with the people’s money every single year, completely goes against the inherent principals of communism.
According to the Gaurdian, recent economic reforms have also proved completely disastrous. Kim Jung IL’s currency reform where the government abolished all of the existing money and then reissued less money, collapsed the fledging market system leaving millions of people on the brink of starvation. Although the government has since reversed this system, the damage has already been done. The people not only face starvation but also a disintegrated health care system where doctors are paid in beer by the patients. North Korea’s spending on healthcare is less than $1 per capita, among the lowest in the world. At least 5% of North Koreans have tuberculosis. Forty-five per cent of children under five are stunted as a result of malnutrition. It’s OK though, I’m sure the malnourished children don’t mind as long as their “Dear Leader, Father and General” gets to spend millions on cognac and the rest of the country’s cash is spent on nuclear weapons and a grossly oversized army. Clearly this idiot hasn’t learned from the catastrophic famine of the 90’s which left bodies riddled in the streets and more than 2 million people dead.
With less international economic aid coming in from South Korea and others because of North Korea’s excessive war mongering and diplomatic blunders, there’s only one conclusion. Kim Jung IL is the world’s biggest fraud. So, in honor of you Kim Jung IL for your recent unprovoked attack on South Korea, constant war mongering, economic absurdity, social awkwardness, international kidnapping, government sponsored slavery, and forcing a starved malnourished people to bow at your picture and publicly claim their love for you, we just wanted to take a minute out of our busy day and say thanks for being such a douche bag. You’re in a class of your own. GFY!
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in December of 2010. Kim Jong Il passed away from a heart attack in December 2011. Sweet!
Mark Antony, Attila the Hun and Kim Jung Il: Crazed, Drunk and Murderous
By Matt Goldstein
The close friend and defender of Julius Caesar took harsh vengeance out on his friends assassins. When his enemies Brutus and Cassius were defeated, Mark Antony shared the Triumvirate with Gaius Octavian who later became Caesar Augustus. Mark Antony, a great soldier but outspoken and erratic leader, was known as the most drunken person in the Roman Empire and also the most vicious. Antony chased alcohol and women night and day but he also exacted vengeance just the same. When Antony thought life long enemy Cicero stepped out of line by publicly bashing him, Mark Antony had Cicero beheaded. Marc Antony was a raging alcoholic who was stubborn, tenacious and basically crazy. This most likely led to his downfall and split with Caesar Augustus. When Antony’s soldiers refused to fight on against the troops of Augustus at the battle of Actium, Antony and lover Cleopatra consequently committed suicide.
Attila the Hun:
One of the most famous military leaders in history, Attila the Hun ravaged Europe and ran an empire that stretched from Gaul to modern day Kazakhstan. Known for being extremely brutal, sometimes when Attila invaded a town, he would kill everyone! Attila murdered women, children and anyone who wasn’t capable of becoming a soldier. The rest were forced to join his army. For more than 20 years this brutal reign devastated Europe. Attila was also a raging alcoholic and most likely died from this disease. On Attila’s wedding night, the drunken dictator passed out and choked on his own blood. Attila was too drunk to wake up and breathe. Nose bleeds are a common symptom of heavy drinking as alcohol is a blood thinner.
Kim Jong Il:
The “dear leader’s” father, Kim Il Sung was hand picked by Stalin to be the leader North Korea. From 1948 until his death in 1994, Kim Il Sung ruled with an iron fist over North Korea until his son Kim Jong Il took power. Kim Jong Il heads a country with disastrous economic conditions and a people malnourished from the lack of food and likely starvation. All the while the “dear leader” spends billions on propaganda, nuclear weapons and re-education camps for citizens who get out of line. These camps might hold about 250,000 people, some of which were just simply outspoken. Still in power, although he might be suffering from significant medical ailments and possibly a stroke, Kim Jong Il is said to be a drunk. His favorite drink of course is expensive Cognac. Nothing says power to the people like a communist drinking Cognac.
FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY – Apparently there are more spirits at Buffalo Trace Distillery than those aging in the warehouses, at least according to the investigators from a popular ghost hunting show that airs on the SyFy network. Buffalo Trace Distillery was investigated by television’s number one paranormal reality series, “Ghost Hunters®” and the episode will air on Wednesday, Nov. 16th at 9:00 p.m. EST on the SyFy network.
The show’s two lead investigators, Jason and Grant, said Buffalo Trace was one of the few sites they had been to where all of the investigators on the team had a paranormal experience. The show’s producers came to Buffalo Trace asking to film there, due to viewer demand. It is the first time the TV show had ever filmed at a distillery.
Although the Ghost Hunters® findings are confidential until the show airs, it did prove to be a “touching” experience for Jason and Grant.
Now visitors can have their own experience as Buffalo Trace Distillery kicks off its Ghost Tours on Thursday, Nov. 17th at 7 p.m. The tours will run Thursday-Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. each evening, starting Nov. 17th and running indefinitely. (No tours Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 24th, Dec. 1st, or Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.) Admission to the tours is complimentary, but guests do need a reservation, which they can make at 1-800-654-8471 or email email@example.com. Children are permitted, but those under 18 do need to be accompanied by an adult. The tours will conclude with a tasting.
The Ghost Tours will last approximately an hour, and follow the path as seen on “Ghost Hunters®,” including some rarely-toured areas of the Distillery. “We’re really excited to be able to offer this new tour to complement our other three tour offerings,” said Elizabeth Hurst, visitor center manager for Buffalo Trace Distillery. “In addition to our Trace Tour, Hard Hat Tour, and Post Prohibition Tour, we now have a Ghost Tour that will undoubtedly appeal to a whole different audience. We’re hoping it will really increase visitation to this region in Kentucky.”
About Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The distillery’s rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Malt Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskeys.
In Theaters on October 28th: Watch the Trailer Now!
By Matt Goldstein
From the mind of Hunter S. Thompson comes the Rum Diary, a feature film starring Johnny Depp based on the 1959 novel. Only 22 when he wrote the book, Thompson tells the story of a drunken journalist (surprisingly not himself) in Puerto Rico struggling with a dead end job and a partying lifestyle. At a critical turning point in his life, the movies main character Paul Kemp is writing for a struggling run down Caribbean newspaper while trying to find his soul as he works over the Puerto Rican culture in a legendary drinking binge. This is the third film made from a Hunter S. Thompson book with 2 previous films based on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, one starring Johnny Depp and the other starring Bill Murray in Where the Buffalo’s Roam. Both films are considered cult classics. In classic Thompson style, the stories tell of partying on a legendary scale but at the same time making uniquely profound social and political statements about America and the world. The Rum Diary is an absolute must watch! Check out the trailer now! Click below….
What’s better than 2000 women in bikinis? Well, 2000 women in bikinis shaking their asses! With 3 large pools and 100 cabanas, Rehab on Sundays at the Hard Rock Casino is the hottest party in Vegas. People come from all over the world for this party and for good reason. The music is bumping, margaritas are flowing, and the women are dancing. To go on the record, this is the biggest party we’ve ever seen. And there seemed to be no bad element, this Labor Day weekend everyone in the place seemed to be there to have a good time. And if you stay at the Hard Rock Casino for the weekend, you get two free passes. If you’re not staying at the Hard Rock the cover is $50. There are also Cabanas, chairs and bar stools available for renting. But if you come to Rehab, don’t plan on coming to sit in a chair for the day. Get off your ass and go smash some of those women dancing in the pool. That’s what we did! Easy work. After all, this is Vegas. We’d write a bit more but we are really hung-over from Rehab. Sorry. Just don’t forget your bathing suit because you’re not getting in if you don’t have one. Security at this joint is like trying to get in the Pentagon.
Moonshine Bootlegging Cars Modified for Speed Created a Car Racing Phenomenon
By Matt Goldstein
In the late 1920’s bootleggers began to modify the inner mechanics of their cars in order to outrun the police. With supercharged engines and heavy duty shocks so the cars weighty load would not sag, bootleggers started a car racing craze that took off to become what is now an American Phenomenon. When southerners began looking for entertainment in the 1930’s, they turned to their bootleggers and had them race each to find out who had the fastest car. Many of the early car racers in NASCAR were actually bootleggers racing in their actual modified moonshine race cars. These cars were designed to look like the average everyday car as to not stick out. In other words, they were stock cars. NASCAR was then established in 1948. Author Tom Wolfe turned history into legend when he wrote a story about Junior Johnson, former bootlegger and one of the first stars of NASCAR. This article for Esquire magazine was made into a movie with Jeff Bridges in 1973, The Last American Hero. NASCAR now brings in billions every year in ticket sales, merchandise and TV contracts with sometimes crowds as big as 350,000 people. NASCAR is considered to be the largest spectator sport in the United States and it’s all thanks to moonshine whiskey.
Presidents Day Special: John Adams Thoroughly Enjoyed the Breakfast of Champions
By Matt Goldstein
In honor of Presidents Day, we bring some of the biggest partiers in presidential history. Of course Barak Obama loves his Yuengling Lager and George W. Bush took drinking and partying to another level. By the time Bush hit the White House however, he’d been sober for about 15 years. Bush and Obama might have had some drinks, but they couldn’t hold their liquor next to these heavyweights. We bring you Geroge Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Ulysses S. Grant.
General & President George Washington:
For his presidential inauguration, George Washington ordered 12 barrels of rum from the Appleton Rum estate in Jamaica. 12 barrels!?! That’s the equivalent 3600 bottles. Now that’s a party. Carolynn and I were actually at the Appleton Rum estate a few minutes outside of White House Jamaica, and yes, we drank every type of rum they had. Washington also had his own Whiskey Distillery which was very profitable.
President Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson brewed his own beer and had his own winery on his beloved Monticello estate. Yard’s Brewery actually makes an ale with the same recipe Jefferson used to brew beer with. It’s actually excellent, and one of our favorite beers.
John Adams was a flat out alcoholic. Adams started smoking at eight years old and began drinking at 15. While attending Harvard as a teenager, Adams regularly had the breakfast of champions, beer. Maybe that’s why Adams and Jefferson were such good friends. Adams and Jefferson both died of natural causes on the same exact day, July 4th 1826, exaclty 50 years to the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
General & President Ulysses S. Grant
Grant was probably the biggest drinker of any U.S. president. Most likely an alcoholic, Grant even drank during civil war battles. Grant would sit and watch the battles all day long and drink whiskey. Ulysses was particularly a fan of Old Crow Bourbon Whiskey. Some argue however, that Grant had equilibrium issues and it sometimes made him look drunk when he really was just off balance.
The Queen Mother Averaged More Than 70 Drinks a Week
By Carolynn Chapman
The Queen Mother and mother of Queen Elizabeth II, recently made famous by Helen Bonham Carter’s portrayal in the King’s Speech, thoroughly enjoyed her cocktails. In fact, the Queen Mother enjoyed her cocktails so much that she would put the average beer guzzling frat boy to shame. Even more impressive is that she lived to the ripe old age of 101!
The book “Behind Palace Doors,” by Major Colin Burgess who worked as a personal attendant to the Queen, details the Queen Mum’s typical daily consumption of alcohol. “She would start her drinking day at noon with her favorite tipple, gin and Dubonnet: two parts Dubonnet – a pink vermouth – to one part gin.” “Rarely went a day without having at least one of these and getting the mix right was crucial,” writes Burgess. Then “Lunch with red wine followed, finished off with port. If you found yourself lunching with the Queen Mum, don’t think you would ever have got away with drinking only tap water.” How can you not have wine with your meal?” she would ask incredulously.” At 6pm every day, according to Burgess, she would ask, “’Colin, are we at the magic hour?’ I would then rather flamboyantly look at my watch, raise an eyebrow and say to her, ‘Yes, ma’am, I think it’s just about time,’ before popping off to mix her a martini.” At dinner, she would down two glasses of Veuve Cliquot pink champagne, leaving her staff to finish the bottle before settling down to watch repeats of Fawlty Towers.
Other legendary stories of her love of the drink include her instructing her dressers to hide bottles of gin in her hatboxes when she travelled so she could get in a little nip when needed. She was quoted as saying, “I couldn’t get through all my engagements without a little something.” One time at an engagement at which she was supposed to be offered a cup of tea, her host blurted out instead “I hear you like gin.” Without hesitation, the Queen Mum replied, “I hadn’t realized I enjoyed that reputation. But as I do, perhaps you could make it a large one.”
A conservative estimate puts the number of alcohol units she drank at 70 a week and the recommended limit for a woman is 14 drinks. So much for alcohol consumption shortening your lifespan- in her case she was preserved by it from the inside out!
If you want to imbibe like a royal with a Dubonnet cocktail, formerly called a Zaza cocktail, its made by: stirring equal measures of gin (Gordon’s was the Queen Mum’s preference) and Dubonnet in ice, then straining them into a cocktail glass and topping it off with orange peel. Cheers!
Can William H Macy Pull Off the Alcoholic Frank Gallagher?
By Matt Goldstein
Episode 2 & 3 improved on the pilot, but there are still some serious questions with William H. Macy’s performance and Gallagher family. So now we got a white trash family all sitting around watching 60 minutes together, an 80 year old great aunt doing lines of cocaine, kidnapping a homeless drunk, then kidnapping a grand mom from the nursing home, the kidnapping of Frank Gallagher, major social security fraud, failing to report a corpse, a whacked out mom scared to leave the house and so on and so on.
Where does the goddamn drama end here? To top it off, William H. Macy is struggling to pull off the performance of a white trash drunk. Frank Gallagher’s words come out tight like an educated upper middle class white man and his tough guy act is more like the nerdy neurotic guy from Fargo than a gritty inner city drunk. As we said earlier, it all adds up to a cliché, overdone glorified FX biker/fireman show with more sex, nudity and cursing. Shameless is completely over dramatized with characters that are uniquely distinct but with problematic and excessively charismatic bios.
Showtime’s Shameless: C+ / B-
Not all Hollywood productions accurately portray what alcoholics go through at an addiction recovery center or any similar facility.