In his cultural documentary, “Uncorked Potential,” set to release this summer, Jack Kauffman ’16 intends to bring national spotlight to the Finger Lakes wine industry through behind the scenes interviews and tours with winemakers, business owners and regional residents.
Filming for the documentary was completed in the fall of 2016 throughout downtown Geneva, featuring the city’s blossoming food and beverage scene, and along Seneca and Keuka lakes. Kauffman, as the director and host, takes viewers on a journey of the wineries and vineyards that characterize the Finger Lakes landscape such as Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars and Pleasant Valley Winery.
Inspiration for the film came to Kauffman during his junior year when he spent a semester abroad in the South of France. After several months in the historic wine region, he knew the wineries surrounding his alma mater could compete with the quality of the wine, the beauty of the surroundings, and the innovative processes that make a region’s wines diverse.
“The Finger Lakes have such a great potential,” says Kauffman. “This is where I wanted to produce my first independent film, a documentary looking at the Finger Lakes wine region and the culture surrounding it.”
The Darien, Connecticut native received his sommelier license with the Court of Master Sommeliers. He approaches his role as the director, host and producer of the project as a member of the community he now calls home. “I have benefitted from the resources provided to me by the Colleges and the greater Geneva, New York area and community.” While a student, Kauffman majored in media and society and earned a minor in studio art. He was the co-founder and co-president of the Entrepreneurship Club, and served as a tour guide for Admissions.