‘Heart of Paradise’ film makes Paso the star
Dramatic romance to premiere at SLO Film Fest
—Paso Robles production company Juice Media has reunited a pair of Star Trek actors at an iconic wine country locale for one unforgettable love story amongst the vines. Plucky, moving romantic comedy “Heart of Paradise” will premiere at the SLO Film Festival this March. A special presentation will run at the Downtown Park Cinema in Paso Robles, 7 p.m. Thurs March 15 and the Palm Theater, San Luis Obispo, 1 p.m. Sat March 17.
“Heart of Paradise” is largely shot against the vineyards and barrels at Niner Wine Estates located off Highway 46 West in scenic Paso Robles. In the short film, two bachelors united by a passion for winemaking collide with a mother-daughter duo seeking a wedding venue. Backdropped by Niner’s famed Heart Hill Vineyard, a double romance blossoms in unexpected soil, warming a widower’s heart and changing the course of a young bride’s life forever.
Directed by Paso Robles-based Juice Media Founder/Creative Director Dina Mande, the film stars two Star Trek alum: Martha Hackett—of Star Trek Voyager—and Casey Biggs of Star Trek’s Deep Space Nine. In this new lead role, Biggs shows vast range and nuance alongside Martha, his fellow Star Trek cast member.
Biggs, who wrote the screenplay for the film, is also known locally and worldwide as “Paso Wine Man,” the star of Mande’s popular viral online comedy series showcasing Paso Robles wine.
“We are so thrilled to be able to showcase the beauty of Paso Robles and the Heart Hill Vineyard as the backdrop for this romantic story,” Mande said. “Casey and I have been wanting to do a narrative short film together and it’s so thrilling to see this story come to life.”
Watch a trailer for “Heart of Paradise” here www.heartofparadisefilm.com.
More about Dina Mande
Dina Mande a multidimensional director, editor and producer who “lives to discover energetic visual stories that connect heart and mind.” Mande has filmed interesting people, fantastic places, lush vineyards, and spent years working in entertainment and advertising with clients like HBO, Warner Bros, Paramount, Discovery Channel, Lifetime, Disney, Sony and Fox.
As founder of Juice Media, Mande has continued to expand her horizons, winning over 20 Addy Awards and a Telly award. She’s the director behind the popular viral web series “Paso Wine Man,” which has become a cult phenomenon within the wine world. She’s also directed over 60 episodes of “California Dream Eater” for Visit California out of Mering Carson.
With an unwavering love for telling bold, unforgettable stories, Mande says she continues to chase down inspiration, camera first. For more on Dina Mande and Juice Media, go to hellojuice.com.