Hand rolled documentary now on iTunes. And the documentary will be available on Amazon and Google Play soon. Pete Johnson, who was one of the producers of the documentary, announced the iTunes release on his facebook page.
About two years ago, an Indigogo campaign was started. Jesse Mariut and Steve Ghereban, two commercial filmmakers and lovers of the leaf, teamed up. Their idea: a documentary about cigars. About the craft. Or as they said it: Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars is a feature-length documentary on the artisanal craftsmanship of premium cigars, and the beautiful people that are involved in the process!
With the anti-tobacco sentiments in modern-day society, they wanted to show that cigars aren’t cigarettes. That it’s just tobacco, water, and vegetable-based glue. And that 300 hands have touched the tobacco and cigars before it is enjoyed by you or me.
Now the movie didn’t just have funding from the Indiegogo campaign. One of the biggest backers is Pete Johnson from Tatuaje. But Daniel Marshall from DM Cigars and acclaimed humidor builder backed the project too. Just as Nick Melillo from Foundation cigars. As well as Padron, La Galera, La Flor Dominicana, J.C. Newman, Oliva, My Father Cigars, Perdomo, Arturo Fuente, and Joya de Nicaragua. And a lot of the people from the cigar industry welcomed Mariut and Ghereban. They opened the doors to their farms, warehouses, and factories. And sat down to be interviewed on camera.
Big industry names can be seen in the film. Marvin Shanken from Cigar Aficionado for example. But also Jose Orlando and Jorge Padron from Padron Cigars. Carlito Fuente, Pete Johnson. Robert Levin from Ashton and Eric Newman from J.C. Newman feature in the film. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca and Juan Martinez from Joya de Nicaragua. Don Pepin, Hendrik Kelner, Rocky Patel, Nick Perdomo, and the list goes on. The full list can be found on IMDb, the internet movie database.
The documentary is now available on iTunes. But unfortunately not in every country yet. It will be available on Google Play and Amazon soon. As for international availability, Ministry of Cigars reached out to Pete Johnson and Jesse Mariut. We hope to have good news for those affected soon.