Every distillery has a story. A visit to a distillery requires a good story to make it worth your time. How that story is told, whether it’s a tale of a bootstrapped family startup that’s just opened its doors or whether it’s an established brand with a tale that goes back a century makes all the difference in your visit. What’s most important is how that story makes you feel when you leave the distillery. It’s that experience that you will remember.
Like a fine bourbon, the cinematic story telling of bourbon takes time. Neat: The Story of Bourbon started in February 2014 and has been gently distilled over the last three years and is now ready for its hometown premiere. The film is produced by Lexington, Kentucky composer AJ Hochhalter, Corey Maple and Gannon Diggs. It features Kentuckian Steve Zahn, who viewers will recognize starred in the new “War for The Planet of The Apes” earlier this summer. Watch him in the short clip below on how to make “The Elkhorn” and you’ll likely recognize Zahn.
NEAT is a feature-length documentary that dives into the rich and storied world of bourbon. Exploring its colorful history, charismatic characters, and uniquely American process, the film is a celebration of the time, artistry, and relationships that make for America’s only native spirit.
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The filmmakers promise to teach us what it takes to distill the world’s fastest growing spirit, as well as connect with the people that make the bourbon culture unique. Thematically, NEAT explores how the story of bourbon is about more than the liquid in the glass–it is about why you open a bottle and who is around you when you do. Bourbon has a way of taking you back in time. In a way, it forces you to slow down. Bourbon is a lesson in time: how to spend it, who to spend it with, and how to savor the moment.
“NEAT: The Story of Bourbon” will host its hometown screening September 7th, 2017 at 8:15 pm at the Kentucky Theater in downtown Lexington, KY. In attendance will be the filmmakers, VIP supporters of the film and those in the bourbon industry that served as the cast in the feature length documentary. Limited general admission tickets will be available to the general public for the 8:15 pm showing on a first come first serve basis with an encore screening at 9:55pm. Tickets are available at The Kentucky Theatre’s box office and website.