Learn the story behind your morning Joe. From seed to cup, coffee, and the process by which it is created, has shaped the lives of thousands of individuals worldwide. Working with Geoff Watts, famous green-buyer, the filmmakers travel to America’s most populous coffee-drinking cities and to producing countries, interviewing connoisseurs and farmers alike. With a focus on the social and cultural landscape of coffee, Caffeinated gives the coffee consumer unprecedented access to the farmers responsible for growing that perfect bean, and the roasters and baristi responsible for brewing that perfect cup.
Vishal Solanki is an accomplished cinematographer, director and producer based in Los Angeles. With a career spanning over a decade in cinematography in many countries and languages, his work has been featured in film festivals throughout the world. Highly regarded for his lighting, composition and use of shadows and darkness in intimate character driven fiction films, Vishal is passionate in his pursuit to continually push the envelope in improving aesthetic standards for cinematography in documentary films.
His co-directorial debut, ‘Caffeinated’, a documentary feature, premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and was subsequently acquired by Amazon Prime. Vishal continues to travel with work and find powerful images for poignant stories which address social issues of our time. Vishal is constantly inspired by the joie de vivre of ordinary people under extreme circumstances and prides himself in his ability to build trust and relate to them.
Vishal graduated with a CAG Award(Communication Arts Guild) and a state government award from the prestigious Sir. J. J. Inst. Of Applied Art in Mumbai specializing in still photography and advertising design. He completed his post-graduate studies with honors in cinematography and directing from the Los Angeles Film School. Vishal is a member of the International Documentary Association and producer for Evoke Mediaworks, a production company focusing on empowering communities through media.
July 07, 2015
Caffeinated is a beautiful film to watch. The scenes shift from one place to another, from one speaker to the next, lingering on faces and providing long, loving shots of coffee being roasted, brewed, and served. You are likely to want to talk to some of these people, and you are almost certain to want a cup of coffee...
July 13, 2015
Going into the production process and showing every aspect of the supply chain, which includes the growers, pickers, tasters, baristas, roasters, customers, coffee machine makers and everyone in between, Solanki and Nguyen highlight the differences and similarities in growing, roasting and preparing coffee across countries and coffee houses...
January 26, 2015
If you’ve ever wondered what goes into to your morning macchiato, Hanh Nguyen and Vishal Solanki’s latest is a must-watch. The young documentarians casted their net wide for Caffeinated, interviewing shop owners, baristas, and coffee connoisseurs, as well as the farm owners and distributors who are helping to bring high quality, small-batch coffee to customers around the world...