Stories of veterans returning from Iraq often focus on the difficulties they face returning to civilian life. In the film "No Wine Left Behind," filmmaker Kevin Gordon tells a different story — one of veterans helping other veterans by providing jobs, camaraderie and a sense of purpose. That purpose is making wine.
Marine Sgt. Josh Laine started Lavish Laines Winery in 2008 when he returned from Iraq and couldn't find a job. The winery employs returning veterans. The film documents the vets as they "work together to overcome obstacles and navigate their own path in the civilian world."
The 15-minute film is finished and will debut at the Napa Valley Film Festival next week. It still needs funding for distribution, website maintenance and other expenses. Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects, provides people interested in helping to fund the "No Wine Left Behind" film an easy way to help. Anyone who would like to help can donate as little as $1 to the project.
The project is trying to raise $4,000 by Nov. 18, 2011. So far, $3,210 has been pledged. The total $4,000 needs to be pledged for the funding to go through.