Douglas Tirola's Brewmaster artfully captures the craftsmanship, passion and innovation within the beer industry.
The story follows a young ambitious New York lawyer who struggles to chase his American dream of becoming a brewmaster and a Milwaukee based professional beer educator as he attempts to become a Master Cicerone.
Helping tell the story of beer are some of the best-known personalities in the industry including Garrett Oliver, Jim Koch, Vaclav Berka, Ray Daniels, Charles Papazian and Randy Mosher. Brewmaster creates a cinematic portrait of beer, those who love it, those who make it and those who are hustling to make their mark.
Douglas Tirola is an award-winning director and producer whose documentaries have been distributed around the world and have premiered at some of the most prestigious film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, HotDocs, and SXSW.
AN OMAR BROADWAY FILM, Douglas’ first documentary as a director, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where HBO Documentary Films acquired it. The film was followed up by the award winning ALL IN – THE POKER MOVIE and the James Beard nominated HEY BARTENDER – both which were picked up by Showtime Networks and Netflix.
Douglas’ producing credits include: MAKING THE BOYS (Berlin International Film Festival) and FAKE IT SO REAL (True/False Film Festival) both NY Times Critics Picks, the award winning ACTRESS and KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE, which won a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and BISBEE ’17, which recently premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
His last film, DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon, features interviews with many alumni and supporters of the National Lampoon, including Kevin Bacon, Chevy Chase, PJ ‘Rourke, Judd Apatow, Anne Beatts, John Landis, Christopher Buckley and Henry Beard. The film had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures nationwide followed by a release on Showtime, History Channel and Netflix.
Douglas has worked as a screenwriter for Paramount, Universal, Fox, Warner Brothers, Sony, and New Line. Earlier in his career, he worked on films with directors Woody Allen, Robert Benton and Penny Marshall - his first job in the film business was as a production assistant on the movie When Harry Met Sally. He is represented by William Morris Endeavor.
Susan Bedusa is a documentary film producer and Senior Vice President of Production & Development at 4th Row Films. Her 11 feature docs have all premiered at the world’s most prestigious festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, Edinburgh and SXSW. Her work has played in theaters nationwide and has been acquired by premiere networks, including HBO, Showtime, A&E, MTV and Netflix.
Susan’s most recent films include BISBEE ’17 which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Sundance winner KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE, and A&E Indiefilm’s DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON, which premiered at Sundance and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures, Showtime Networks and Netflix. Susan’s other credits include ACTRESS (Cinema Guild), HEY BARTENDER (Showtime Networks), AN OMAR BROADWAY FILM (HBO Documentary Films) MAKING THE BOYS (First Run Features) and KATI WITH AN I (Icarus Films).
Before 4th Row, Susan worked alongside Fine Line Founder, Ira Deutchman as his Director of Development at Emerging Pictures. She is currently producing several other features including one about a former heavy metal rockstar turned classical composer, one about a young girl trying to survive middle school and another about the current state of politics and government. Susan is a graduate of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI where she earned degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing. She graduated from Staples High School in Westport, CT. Things she loves most besides movies are her family, all dogs, big cats, the Caribbean, Guns n’ Roses and Howard Stern.
Danielle Rosen is a documentary film producer and Vice President of Creative Content at 4th Row Films.
Danielle’s interest in non-fiction storytelling began while attending Skidmore College. While studying Psychology and Theater, she was encouraged by a professor to look into documentary filmmaking as a way to incorporate both studies into one medium. From that moment on, Danielle knew she had found her calling.
Danielle was brought on at 4th Row Films as an Associate Producer for AN OMAR BROADWADY FILM, which was picked up by HBO Documentary Films. She then went on to co-produce ALL IN – THE POKER MOVIE (CineVegas Grand Jury Award Winner), HEY BARTENDER (2013 SXSW), DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD (2015 Sundance), and KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE (2016 Sundance).
Most recently, Danielle has been heading up 4th Row Films’ Creative Content Division where she creates branded entertainment for companies such as Avon, Colgate, McDonalds and Poland Spring. Some highlights include directing a short film for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a web series with Avon, and producing the 2017 Spirited Awards, an annual award show that highlights accomplishments in the cocktail and bartending community. Danielle’s passion lies in finding the story in any project and bringing it to life.
Daniel Dorst is a documentary film editor and Post Production Supervisor at
4th Row Films.
Daniel began making films in his youth by creating skateboarding and music videos with friends and posting them to YouTube. Daniel's interest in film grew while attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied Art and Digital Design. Daniel continued his focus in storytelling when he began incorporating short film and animation into his artwork.
Daniel moved to New York City in 2013 to pursue a career in filmmaking. He was brought on at 4th Row Films as Assistant Editor for DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON. The film had its World Premiere at Sundance in 2015 and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures, Showtime Networks and Netflix.
BREWMASTER is Daniel's first feature film in which he is the sole editor.
Andy Marks is a film, TV and digital content producer, and a recognized leader in branded entertainment with nearly two decades helping marketers and content creators find the common ground that leads to great brand storytelling.
He is co-founder and Executive Producer of Grasshopper + Marks Productions, a film production company whose first production, BREWMASTER, a feature documentary film about craft beer culture, is coming to theaters in October, 2018 after playing the film festival circuit beginning with its world premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. Through his TV production company and consultancy Marks Entertainment + Media, he is producing several TV and digital projects including I DO TO THE VENUE from lifestyle TV showrunner Damon Gambuto (HOUSEHUNTERS INTERNATIONAL) for Lifetime and FYI, representing his latest foray into packaging and producing episodic TV programming with an innovative business model involving support from brands. Andy also advisesconsulting clients on a range of issues at the intersection of branding, entertainment, media and technology. Clients and investments include CBS EcoMedia, ICF Olson, Velocidi, Carii, Inc., BRaVe Ventures, Epic Magazine, Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video Entertainment, Above Average, and Turner Networks.
Prior to this, Andy was GM and co-founder of MATTER, a leading entertainment, sports and experiential marketing agency, and subsidiary of Edelman, the world’s largest Public Relations firm. There he developed entertainment marketing strategies, and produced award winning branded entertainment content in TV, Film and Digital for Brita, Clorox, Quaker, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Dove, Pepsi, GlaxoSmithKline, Symantec, Phillips Van Heusen, and Activision.
Prior to co-founding MATTER, Andy headed brand partnerships at Hypnotic, a multi-media production company backed by Universal Pictures, and home to director Doug Liman (BOURNE IDENTITY, MR. AND MRS. SMITH). There he launched such pioneering branded entertainment initiatives as Reebok’s Cannes Gold Lion award-winning TERRY TATE, OFFICE LINEBACKER and the CHRYSLER MILLION DOLLAR FILM FESTIVAL, among others.
Ryan Krivoshey is the Founder and President of Grasshopper Film, a distribution company dedicated to the release of acclaimed and award-winning independent cinema. Launched in late 2015, Grasshopper has established itself as one of the most vital distributors working today, featuring a library of over 200 acclaimed titles, including 2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Last Men in Aleppo, and Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Short Subject, Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, as well as numerous prize winners from major festivals.
A veteran of the independent film scene, Ryan has acquired, released and marketed countless celebrated films, introducing audiences to new directors (Damien Chazelle, Terence Nance, Andrew Bujalski), noted filmmakers (Steve James, Agnes Varda, Claire Denis, Asghar Farhadi, Jia Zhang-ke, Bela Tarr) and groundbreaking documentaries (Last Men in Aleppo, Kate Plays Christine, Leviathan, The Interrupters, Marwencol, Sweetgrass, Los Angeles Plays Itself).
Ryan is also a co-founder and principal partner in Grasshopper + Marks Productions, a film production company that connects brands, non-profits and foundations with award-winning filmmakers from around the world to bring their singular visions to life.
Prior to starting Grasshopper, Ryan led the Cinema Guild as its Director of Distribution for 13 years. He is a frequent participant on distribution panels, grant and foundation juries, and mentorship programs.