Whiskey Doc ‘The Water Of Life’, Exec Produced By ‘The Magicians’ Brittany Curran, Lands On PBS

water of lifea documentary about the Scottish whiskey industry, was picked up by PBS.

The public broadcaster will launch the feature-length documentary, which is produced by magicians featured Brittany Curran, in June.

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The documentary was filmed in six countries on three continents over three years and tells the story of the creative revolution that rescued Scotland’s once-declining whiskey industry and made it the global titan it is today.

It has half a dozen distillers and distilleries, but devotes much of its time to resurrecting the tiny Bruichladdich Distillery on the isolated Scottish island of Islay. Led by Mark Reynier and whiskey legend Jim McEwan, the distillery has gone from a mothballed memory to a global innovator in just a few years, helping to save the struggling economy of the island often referred to as Whiskey Island.

It also includes whiskey writer Charles Maclean, master distiller Billy Walker, master blenders Dr. Rachel Barrie and David Stewart as well as the next generation of whiskey including Adam Hannett, Kelsey McKechnie, Liam Hughes, Iain Croucher and Eddie Brook .

The film was initially crowd-funded and the release strategy included a strong presence at film and whiskey festivals. But then Covid arrived, so the team turned to virtual screenings, coupled with whiskey tastings.

The 90-minute film, which was picked up by PBS+, will premiere on PBS starting June 1, with many outlets airing June 19 for Father’s Day.

The film was produced by Blacksmith & Jones, the production company that Greg Swartz owns with Trevor Jones. It was co-produced by Special Order and Aurora Films.

“We are delighted to include the delightfully charming film water of life in the PBS+ Summer 2022 lineup,” said Sarah Bilodeau, PBS+ Programs Director.

Curran added, “We knew we wanted to make a film that would appeal to non-whiskey drinkers as well as experts. We purposely shot, scored and paced the film to take the audience on a sensory journey as they watch the story unfold. And we think that’s pretty unique. We are thrilled about it as filmmakers and as whiskey geeks.

“We got accepted into our first film festival on a Monday and it was canceled on a Tuesday. Pretty quickly we realized we had a problem on our hands,” director Greg Swartz said. of creativity and we started hosting online events associated with whiskey tasting kits, live Q&As with distillers and even limited edition bottlings.”

“We’re very happy to be on PBS because it really is the gold standard of documentary film in America,” Jones said. “We think it’s a perfect fit because the film is as much a love letter to Scotland as it is to whiskey itself and we really tried to create a cinematic representation of the beautiful Scottish countryside.”

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Brian L. Hartfield