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New Wine-Related Film "Cement Suitcase" Has Won Five Awards, Including “Director’s Choice Award” and “Best Narrative Feature”

Cement Suitcase tells the story of Franklin, the best wine salesman in the Yakima Valley, who is headed for a breakdown. Only two people can help him. One just broke into his house. The other is having an affair with his girlfriend. Franklin finds himself reluctantly befriending both, and in the process has to unpack the baggage that has been weighing him down.

This feel-good comedy takes place in Washington’s wine country, and was shot almost entirely in the Yakima Valley. The film is the feature debut of writer-director J. Rick Castañeda, who grew up in the region and was inspired by the beauty of the Yakima Valley AVA to set it as the backdrop for his movie.

Cement Suitcase
stars veteran improv comic Dwayne Bartholomew, TV personality Kristina Guerrero (E! News), Australian TV host turned actor Nathan Sapsford (MTVAustralia, Network TEN), and TV actor Shawn Parsons (Parks and Recreation, Torchwood).  

The film has won many jury and audience awards, including “Best Narrative Feature” by the Eugene International Film Festival, the “Audience Award for Competition Features” at the Dances With Films Festival, and “Director’s Choice Award” at the Gig Harbor Film Festival.  

Available on iTunes and OnDemand .

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