Agave: The Spirit of a Nation

Agave: The Spirit of a Nation

This expressive documentary explores the phenomenon of Tequila and Mezcal, the fastest trending alcohol spirits in the world, This journey takes us to the world’s most bio-diverse landscape of the agave plant, Mexico; here families have been passing down the tradition of distilling agave for generations, even at times clandestinely. From the alluring red highlands of Jalisco to the rugged mountains of Oaxaca, the film follows three producers - Carlos, Graciela, and Aquilino in a burgeoning renaissance. From bootstrap ambition to carrying on a father’s legacy, their successes and sacrifices unfurl in this interweaved story.

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Nicholas Kovacic

Matthew Riggieri




Directors: Nicholas Kovacic, Matthew Riggieri
Executive Producer: Steve Reynolds, Enrique Santos
Producer: Matthew Riggieri, Nicholas Kovacic, Paola Villanueva Bidault
Screenwriter: Chantal Martineau
Cinematographer: Ernesto Pardo, Nathan Pesce
Editor: Clementina Mantenelli, Nicholas Kovacic
Sound Designer: Matt Davies
Music: Caleb Stine
Principal Cast: Damián Alcázar, Carlos Camarena, Graciela Angeles Carreño, Aquilino García Lopez
Additional Credits: Helena Medina-Lomeli: Production Supervisor, Gerson Escudero: Production Mixer, Andres Tripp: Assistant Camera, Federico Sánchez: Additional Original Music, Gabriel Goodenough: Co-Producer , Todd Yuhanick: Associate Producer , Colin Smith : Assistant Editor , Ian Pearson : Assistant Editor , Rafaelo Balderas: Production Assistant


Public Film Contact
Matthew Riggieri
Digital Cave
Publicity Contact
René Ridinger - Smith & Company
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: Mexico, United States
Language: English/Spanish
Runtime: 79:31 mins