“Hey Bartender” Rapidly Becoming World Renowned…

  Playing at Gateway Film Center in Columbus July 12-18

  For Tickets and Times Call Gateway Film Center

   (614)247-4433   1550 North High Street Columbus, Ohio 43201

This is a MUST SEE!! I know I am so excited to see it 🙂 This movie is getting high reviews and ratings wherever it’s shown.


Two bartenders try to achieve their dreams through bartending. An injured Marine turns his goals to becoming a principal bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world. A young man leaves his white‐collar job to buy the corner bar in his hometown years later he struggles to keep afloat.

Hey Bartender tells the story of the bartender in the era of the craft cocktail.

Directed by Douglas Tirola

Susan Bedusa

4th Row Films

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                                                                                     HEY BARTENDER

Hey Bartender tells the story of the bartender in the era of the craft cocktail.

Two bartenders try to achieve their dreams through bartending. An injured Marine turns his goals to becoming a principal bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world. A young man leaves his white‐collar job to buy the corner bar in his hometown years later he struggles to keep afloat

Hey Bartender is the story of the rebirth of the bartender and the comeback of the cocktail.  Featuring the world’s most renowned bartenders and access to the most exclusive bars in New York with commentary from Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco.



Steve Schneider is an ex‐Marine turned mixologist. After finishing at the top of his class in the Marine Corps, becoming an intelligence specialist, and volunteering for an elite unit headed for Afghanistan, Steve had a tragic accident and suffered a severe head injury. His military career ruined, Steve took a job behind the bar near where he was stationed in Washington DC. Steve’s appetite for learning and passion for the mixology movement led him to New York City, and a position as an Apprentice Bartender at the world‐famous cocktail bar, Employees Only. This past year, Steve has set records in a global speed bartending competition, as well as won an international cocktail competition in New Zealand.  He has been featured in numerous magazines and television shows for his cocktails, including Zagat’s inaugural 30 under 30.  At 29 years old, Steve is currently one of the Principal Bartenders at Employees Only.

Steve Carpentieri aka Carpi is a former VP of Citi Group. He opened Dunville’s, a corner restaurant and bar, to create a spot catering to both the working class and the white‐collar communities of Westport, CT. With the changing landscape of the economy, the industry, and the town, Dunvilles went from being the “it” bar in town to a place barely staying afloat. After 18 years of ownership, with both his business and his personal life struggling, Carpi’s dream of running a bar in his hometown is in jeopardy and he must decide what he is willing to do to save it, or if it is time pack it up and close the neighborhood staple for good.

Jim Meehan honed his skills behind the bar at Five Points.  He went on to become one of the head bartenders at Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Tavern, as well as one of the influential bartenders at the Pegu Club. Jim then went on to open the trailblazing cocktail den PDT (Please Don’t Tell).  PDT is known around the world and has received numerous awards and accolades, including the 2012 James Beard Award for “Outstanding Bar Program.” Jim published The PDT Cocktail Book, which sold out its first run in less than a month, solidifying Meehan’s influence in cocktail culture, within New York City and beyond. He is universally considered a leader in the cocktail industry.

Dale DeGroff, or “King Cocktail,” as he is known in the industry, is the founding father of modern mixology.  DeGroff is credited with reviving and reinventing the profession of bartending and pioneering a gourmet approach to recreating the great classic cocktails.  He is a master mixologist who developed his techniques behind the bar at several notable establishments, including the Rainbow Room in the 1980s.  DeGroff is the author of two award‐winning books, The Essential

Cocktail and The Craft of the Cocktail. He has received many awards including the James Beard

Award for Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional, the Lifetime Achievement Award from

Nightclub & Bar Magazine, Tales of the Cocktail Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Cheers Beverage Industry Innovator of the Year. Dale also founded the Museum of the American

Cocktail in New Orleans. 


Charlotte Voisey is an expert British mixologist, and a legend in bartending circles who has created drinks and run bars in cities as far flung as Barcelona, Buenos Aires and London and the New York. Charlotte opened Apartment 195 on the King’s Road in London, which was promptly named London’s Bar of the Year, and shortly afterwards Charlotte herself was rewarded with the coveted title of UK Bartender of the Year. Charlotte was recently awarded the silver medal at the World Female Bartender championships in Italy.  She is currently the Ambassador for the entire William Grant & Sons portfolio.

Dushan Zaric is the cocktail mastermind behind the world‐famous New York City bars, Employees Only and Macao Trading Company.  He is widely recognized as an industry leader and a pioneer in craft bartending. His innovative work behind the bar has revolutionized the art of the cocktail, winning Employees Only the high award of “Best Cocktail Bar in the World” at Tales of the Cocktail.   Dushan is the co‐author of two books “You Didn’t Hear It From Us: Two Bartenders Serve

Women the Truth about Men, Making an Impression and Getting what you Want” and “Speakeasy

‐ Classic Cocktails re‐imagined by New York’s Employees Only Bar,” which features Employees Only Cocktails and has received numerous acclaims including being listed in the To 10 Cookbooks by New York magazine.

Julie Reiner has been elevating the state of mixology in New York for the last decade with the openings of several world‐renowned establishments including the Flatiron Lounge, Pegu Club and Clover Club. She began her career in the cocktail lounges of San Francisco and made her way to New York City in 1997 where she caught the interest of King Cocktail himself, Dale DeGroff, who has been a mentor to her since then.  Julie’s story and her recipes have been featured in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Esquire, Gourmet Magazine, and Bon Appetit.

Sasha Petraske made his mark in 2000 by opening New York City’s now legendary Milk & Honey, which played an important part in helping to revive the once‐lost art of classic cocktails and mixology.  Since then, Sasha has helped launch many craft cocktail establishments including Dutch Kills, Little Branch and The Varnish.  He has been recognized internationally for b eing a guiding force in the modern cocktail industry. Sasha has been written about in major publications around the world for his contributions, including New York Magazine naming him one of the most influential New Yorkers.



Most people working or enjoying themselves in bars do not want a camera around filming.  Making a documentary requires gaining trust.  Basically, you are asking someone for the favor of allowing you to document his or her life.


Working inside of so many bars, especially the two that the film focuses on, requires developing a special way of shooting, because they are businesses that operate with many guests and customers coming in and out.  Therefore, we had to develop a way of shooting that required no lights and allowed us to be agile and stay out of the way of what was happening, so we could capture the action.  What makes this film so different from our other film focused on poker, is that we are not only telling the story of the cocktail renaissance; by exploring the risks, success and failures of some of the world’s most important bartenders and their bars, but more specifically telling the story of the bartender through observation of two characters whose lives unfold in real time, right in front of the camera.  This is accomplished with the aim of wanting the audience to experience what it is like to be a bartender.  From the work, the process, the wet hands, cutting fruit, getting buckets of ice, mixing cocktails, stirring drinks, dealing with regulars, dealing with drunk guests, counting tips, getting more people to leave at the end of the night, all the way to that late meal by yourself at the diner.


Most people have had previous interaction with a bartender, and accompanied by images from past movies and TV, we believe we posses a slight sense of who and what a bartender is.  Our goal was to uncover what drives an individual to become a bartender; what the job entails technically, but also how it fits into each of our communities, how that has changed over the last century, and more dramatically over the past five to ten years.


I wanted to show how people view bartenders and how bartenders view themselves.  What are bartenders’ dreams, aspirations; what goes through their minds as they make drinks and what they think about at the end of the night when they are on the way home by themselves?


I also wanted to articulate an understanding that having a working‐class job is something that cannot and should not be stereotyped.  Working with your hands doesn’t mean you are limited by your intelligence, your education, your worldview or what you make over the course of your life.  I think in movies we often view people who have jobs traditionally considered working class, like a bartender, as someone who had no other options, or as a result of some mistake or failure had this as a last, viable career choice.  I wanted to show that people who work on their feet and with their hands everyday, or as I like to say, the sort of people who shower after work, can lead fulfilling lives and have successful careers.  I think this portrayal of the working class is severely missing in contemporary films.


As films often become historical documents for their respective eras, I wanted to affirm that, along with the hard work and the setbacks that challenge our characters, we also showed the hopeful spirit of these men and women who have chosen to make a difference in the world as bartenders.  However, let me also share something that Dale DeGroff, known as the “godfather” of the cocktail renaissance, told us while making a film: that along with wanting a drink, hopefully a great cocktail bar is one that people go out to have fun and be happy.  So when filming, I would constantly remind myself and the crew that this is a film in which the characters live most of their lives at exciting, sexy, and energetic bars.  If I was going to see a movie about this world, I would want to see some fun too.



Douglas Tirola has directed two and produced six documentary films in the past four years including HBO’s AN OMAR BROADWAY FILM and the award winning ALL IN – THE POKER MOVIE.


An Omar Broadway Film was Douglas’ first documentary as a director.  It screened at the Tribeca Film Festival where it was acquired by HBO Documentary Films.


Owning the Weather, which is based on an article from Harper’s Magazine, had its world premiere at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) and was released theatrically.


Kati with an I follows a teenage girl leading up to her high school graduation.  It screened at the DOC NYC Film Festival and was nominated for a Gotham Award.  When the film opened in New York City it received a New York Times Critic’s


Making the Boys had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.  It also screened at Tribeca, Silverdocs and twenty other festivals.  First Run Features released the film theatrically to universal rave reviews, including Critic’s Picks from the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.

Fake It So Real explores what happens when the over‐the‐top theatrics of the wrestling ring collide with the realities of the working‐class South.  The film received an Editor’s Pick from New York and New Yorker Magazine and opens nationwide in early 2012.


All In – The Poker Movie explores the worldwide poker phenomenon.  It received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at CineVegas and opened across the country theatrically in Spring 2012.

Doug ‘s next feature with 4th Row is a documentary about the magazine and entertainment company, the National Lampoon.


Douglas created and served as Executive Producer of MTV’s television series THE X EFFECT.  His screenplay VICTOR IN DECEMBER, which he will also direct, was optioned by Oscar nominated producer Bob Balaban. Victor in December won a Writer’s Guild Award.  Douglas has worked as a screenwriter for Paramount, Universal, Fox, Warner Brothers, Sony, and New Line.  Douglas has also worked on the production of many Hollywood movies as a location manager and production coordinator including Billy Bathgate, A League of Their Own, Searching for Bobby Fisher and Mighty Aphrodite.  He got his start in the film business as a production assistant on the film When Harry Met Sally.


As President of 4th Row Films, Doug has created a company that utilizes independent filmmakers to produce award winning branding and marketing films. 4th Row Films has produced award‐willing content for over 100 brands and their agencies including American Express, Avon, Coca‐Cola, Ford, Hersheys, Absolut, Guinness and the NFL.  Susan Bedusa is the company’s Vice President of Production and has been Douglas’s producing partner on all of their documentaries.  Danielle Rosen is the company’s Creative Executive and serves as co‐producer.


Douglas is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he majored in Philosophy and he has a Master of Fine

Arts in Poetry and Fiction from Columbia University in New York City.  He is a graduate of Staples High School in Westport, CT. He is represented by the William Morris Endeavor agency.



Susan began her career working in her parent’s arthouse movie theater, SoNo Cinema.  She has since held positions at Amy Robinson Productions, Bob Balaban’s Chicagofilms and Michael Corrente’s Revere Pictures before moving into development as Director of Development at Emerging Pictures, working under Fine Line founder, Ira Deutchman.


Susan is currently Vice President of Development at 4th Row Films, where she sets up development deals with various networks, and collaborates with writers and directors on new ideas for TV and film, and produces their work from inception thru distribution.    Over the past 5 years, Susan has produced 6 feature‐length documentaries.


An Omar Broadway Film is a real life drama surrounding an inmate at a maximum security prison who smuggles in a video camera, shoots hours of secret footage, and tries to leverage it for an early release.  The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and had a theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles before it was acquired by HBO Documentary Films.


Owning the Weather explores our relationship with weather and our desire to control it through cloud seeding or air conditioners.  Based on an article from Harper’s Magazine, the film premiered at the Full Frame Film Festival and was released theatrically before being acquired internationally by IFC.


Making the Boys explores the legacy and impact of the groundbreaking 40‐year‐old play The Boys in the Band, featuring some of the greatest playwrights and writers of our time.  The film had its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, and was released in theaters across the country, receiving unanimously positive reviews including a New York Times Critic’s



All In – The Poker Movie explores the history, culture and resurgence of the game of Poker.  The film won Best Documentary at the Cinevegas Film Festival and began its theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles in March 2012 before rolling out to 50 theaters nationwide.


Kati with an I is an intimate portrait of a teenage girl in Alabama during the three days leading up to her high school graduation.  The film reveals her moment‐by‐moment emotional transformation into adulthood, capturing a life poised between two stages and the need to cling to the past while reaching for the future.  It premiered at the DOC NYC Film Festival and was a nominee for the prestigious IFP Gotham Awards.


Fake It So Real dives head first into the world of independent pro wrestling.  Following a ragtag group of wrestlers in North Carolina over a week leading up to their big show, the film explores what happens when the over‐the‐top theatrics of the wrestling ring collide with the realities of the working‐class South.  The film opened in select theaters around the country and was recently named one of the best films of 2012 by New Yorker Magazine.


Susan also served as Producer of the television series “The X Effect,” for MTV, which ran on the network for three seasons.


Most recently, Susan optioned the rights to the story and archive of the National Lampoon, which 4th Row will turn into a feature documentary that Douglas Tirola is directing.  To date they have completed interviews with many alumni and supporters of the Lampoon, including Kevin Bacon, Chevy Chase, PJ O’Rourke, Stan Lee, Judd Apatow, Anne Beatts, John Landis, Christopher Buckley and Anthony Michael Hall.


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.


Co‐Producer DANIELLE 
Editor ROBERT 
Co‐Editor G.
Cinematography CHARLES 
Producers TYLER 
Publicity FALCO,


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