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Nick Offerman and others celebrate at A-List Communications' THE HERO party at Supper Suite during SXSW hosted by Maestro Dobel Tequila and the Coppola Family Wines

THE HERO and TROPHY Celebrated by Orchard Films at A-List Communications’ Supper Suite Popup Series During SXSW

Austin, TX, (March 13, 2017) – Braving persistent evening drizzle, the casts and crews of director Brett Haley’s SXSW premiere THE HERO and Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau’s hunting documentary TROPHY celebrated their films’ SXSW debuts with a cocktail reception at A-List Communications’ popup Supper Suite at Austin hot spot Summit this past weekend. Indie distributor Orchard Films is distributing both films.

Attending guests enjoyed Maestro Dobel® Tequila’s signature Black Diamond Margaritas with Hawaiian black salt and the “Dobel South by Supper Suite” cocktails and The Family Coppola’s Diamond Collection wines–Pavilion Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, and the winery’s flagship red Bordeaux blend, Claret. In between periods of rain, intrepid partygoers feasted on a self-serve taco bar.


In THE HERO, Sam Elliot (THE HULK) stars as Lee Hayden, an ailing movie star who comes to terms with his past and mortality. The film also stars Laura Prepon (That 70’s Show), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), and Katharine Ross (THE STEPFORD WIVES; THE GRADUATE; DONNIE DARKO).

TROPHY is an in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa that unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.


Other guests included Efren Ramirez (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE) who party-hopped from the SMALL TOWN CRIME party adjacent at Basecamp downstairs, and Houston King.

About The Family Coppola
The Family Coppola encompasses all of the things Francis loves most – cinema, wine, food, resorts, and adventure – and embraces quality, authenticity and pleasure as a backbone to each of these vibrant business endeavors. Anchored in Sonoma County, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, known for the superior level of quality and integrity, is, as Francis puts it, “a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life: food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life.” Coppola’s second foray into Sonoma County came in 2015 with the launch of Virginia Dare Winery, American wines since 1835, ushering in a new era of elevated quality and vineyard-specific wines. The Coppola Family Hideaways are a collection of unique properties where adventure meets serenity. Drawing upon inspiration from his film career and travels around the globe to the far reaching corners of the world, Francis created each resort embracing its off-the-beaten-track location, making it an ideal destination for exploring the natural wonders of the area while relaxing in tranquil surroundings. Additionally, The Family Coppola operates a venerable film production company, American Zoetrope; the award-winning all-literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story; Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco’s iconic Sentinel Building in North Beach; and Mammarella Foods, an authentic line of premium organic pastas and sauces.

About Maestro Dobel® Tequila
Dobel® Tequila is one of the United States’ fastest growing ultra-premium tequilas. Named after its founder (Dobel is his abbreviated name – Juan Domingo Beckmann Legorreta), the tequilas are sourced from single estates and distilled from 100% blue agave. Bottled in Jalisco, Mexico, Dobel® Tequila is recognized for its superior smoothness and iconic packaging, which includes a stopper and a modern twist on a vintage apothecary-style bottle. The heavily embossed bottles are inspired by the laboratory sample bottles used by the distillery’s Maestro Tequileros (Master Distillers). The wide range includes Maestro Dobel® Silver, Maestro Dobel® Reposado, Maestro Dobel® Añejo, Maestro Dobel® Humito™, the world’s first smoked silver tequila, and Maestro® Dobel™ Diamante, the world’s first clear multi-aged. Dobel® Tequila is available nationwide in fine bars, restaurants and retailers – available in 200 ml, 375 ml and 750 ml bottles.

@DobelTequila #MaestroDobel


About A-List Communications LLC
A-List Communications ( is a full-service special events & communications agency based in Los Angeles. With over 20 years of global agency experience, A-List Communications specializes in connecting corporate brands with results-driven communication strategies, and globally recognized celebrities that elevate their clients to the A-List. Core to A-List Communications’ success is delivering “Brand Integration” services across a portfolio of proprietary branded entertainment programs including “Fashion Week STYLE360,” “Supper Suite” and “The Arts & Cinema Centre.” Most recently in 2017, A-List Communications produced the Kia Supper Suite Park City Popup and Sony Pictures Classics’ Pre-Oscar® Dinner Party at STK Los Angeles. Follow @alistcom ( for more information and check #SupperSuiteSTK for daily updates.


Efren Ramirez and Guests Small Town Crime credit Michael Bezjian

Juan Garcia, Efren Ramirez and Jesse Garcia Credit Michael Bezjian

Nick offerman and Brett Haley Hero SXSW credit Sara Jaye Weiss

Nick Offerman and Brett Haley credit Sara Jaye Weiss

Nick Offerman The Hero 3 SXSW credit Sara Jaye Weiss

Nick Offerman credit Sara Jaye Weiss

Efren Ramirez Small Town Crime credit Michael Bezjian

Efren Ramirez, Small Town Crime credit Michael Bezjian

Octavia Spencer and Michael Vartan Small Town Crime

Octavia Spencer and Michael Vartan, Small Town Crime credit Michael Bezjian

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