ATLANTA, GA, June 22, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Karen Burns and her husband Troy have been running a successful commercial photography business in Atlanta since 1998. A large part of their success has come from sales of their fine art photography portfolio built from years of solo travel through Europe and the United States. The idea for the documentary La Culture du Vin began after a large art sale last spring provided the incentive and investment for a trip to France.
Troy states "Our art has always found incredible support within the community of fine wine. Because of this we wanted to create a portfolio exclusively on wine imagery. There is no better place to do this than the wine regions of France."
The couple spent 17 days before the harvest traveling from Champagne to Provence shooting stills and HD video. Over the winter break Troy began reviewing the video files and realized something incredible was present within the folders of images and video files.
"It is a story of ancient cultures built by wine. I began doing the research and wrote a 28 minute pilot. I bought the domain LaCutlureDuVin.com and we began sharing our concept after registering the script. Everyone we knew was very excited about the project. It is not a show about wine, it is more a documentary focusing on how this biblical beverage has shaped communities and villages over the centuries. We just returned from a second self funded trip with our director Gary Steele shooting additional footage interviewing prestigious wine houses and historical sites across Burgundy and Champagne. We now have the makings of a great first season and are shopping for a network to air the series. We feel like PBS is a perfect fit but also know it would be great on other cable outlets."
La Culture du Vin is moving into the editing stage and has a campaign running on Kickstarter. "So far we have been funding it entirely by ourselves. We decided to take a look at crowdfunding because of all the hype that this new funding concept is getting. We looked at both equity and rewards and decided a rewards based program offered people a better return than equity. We did not like the possibility of providing phantom stock to people that may be worth nothing at the end of the day. Instead we have offered our artwork, a tangible item that people can enjoy daily and will most likely appreciate over time. We are already collected and commissioned artists. We believe one day our artwork, especially silver gelatin prints, will be worth more than equity can return. I think people are typically confused about this principle thinking only equity has value. In our case we believe it is truly the opposite".
You can follow the couple's updates and Kickstarter campaign from their blog, http://www.LaCultureduVin.com. For more information contact J. Troy Burns 404.436.8406.
Karen Burns Photography has been operating as a commercial photography studio since 1998. They specialize in servicing the needs of CEO's, corporate entities, design professionals, and the creation of custom artwork for any given theme.
With the introduction of broadcast quality HD video into digital DSLR cameras the couple began taking their story telling expertise from still photography to motion pictures. Karen Burns is the creative director on the project and Troy Burns is writer, camera operator and Executive Producer. The couple is co-hosting the new series La Culture du Vin slated to be released in the fall of 2014.
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