For Immediate Release
Jan. 26, 2016

Chelsey Baker-Hauck
Senior Writer and Publicist
Capital City Public Relations
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Arthur O. Thomas, Producer
Main Man Films
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Main Man Films Tapped to Produce 'Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship'
Production to begin next year on film based on bestselling memoir by Cathie Beck
Cheap Cabernet book cover
DENVER - Main Man Films has signed on to produce a feature film based on the bestselling memoir "Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship" by Denver author Cathie Beck. Filming is expected to begin in 2017, with completion anticipated in 2018.

" We are committed to showcasing projects with strong female characters, and I am honored to be associated with such an important story," says Producer Arthur O. Thomas, founder of Main Man Films, an international digital creation and film production company based in Englewood, Colorado.

Thomas notes that many in the film industry think that female-driven content isn't commercially viable. But according to the Motion Picture Association of America, female moviegoers outnumber male audience members. And, films with a female protagonist regularly out-earn male-led movies.

"Producing 'Cheap Cabernet' is a good business decision for Main Man Films," Thomas says. "But we also believe it's important to share stories that are told from a uniquely female perspective that is often overlooked."

"Cheap Cabernet" is an often-funny and always-sincere story about female friendship. Beck was a teenage mother who, harboring vivid memories of her own hardscrabble childhood, spent years doing whatever it took to give her children the stability she never had. She managed to educate them and herself, too, and with her kids in college, Beck was finally ready to have some fun. The problem was, she had no idea how to do it and no friends to do it with. So she invented a women's group and placed a newspaper ad; eight women showed up to the first meeting, and out of that group a once-in-a-lifetime friendship formed.

Beck self-published "Cheap Cabernet" in 2009; Hyperion Books published the memoir in 2010. It has been a Denver Post Best Sellers book five times and is the only memoir named a "Great Group Read" by the National Women's Book Association. The book also was a 2011 Books for a Better Life Award honoree.

The book will be adapted for screen by Trai Cartwright, a screenwriter and entertainment industry veteran who has written screenplays for Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning producers, as well as Main Man's 2016 film "Secret Ellington." As a development executive she worked for Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinema, HBO, 20th Century Fox, and Universal Studios. Cartwright is a writing and film studies professor at Colorado Film School and the University of Northern Colorado and is a founding member of the Colorado Smart Film Investment Coalition. 

About Cathie Beck
Denver journalist Cathie Beck is the author of the "Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship," a memoir about female friendship. Iris Dart, author of "Beaches," describes "Cheap Cabernet" as "an achingly poignant memoir that reminds every woman to call her best friend right away." Beck is a Midwest Booksellers Association Featured Author. As a journalist, Beck has written for the Boulder Daily Camera, the Los Angeles Times, The Denver Post, The Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Business Journal, Poets & Writers Magazine, and Writers Digest. She is the recipient of the Louisiana Press Women's and Denver Press Woman's Writing Awards, the Scripps-Howard Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the University of Colorado Dean's Award for Writing. Beck owns Capital City Public Relations, a Denver PR agency. Further information is available at "Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship" is available on Connect on Facebook at  and on Twitter @cheapcabernet . Cathie Beck is available for interviews and speaking engagements. Contact her at 303.241.0805 or

About Arthur O. Thomas and Main Man Films
Established in 1999 by Arthur O. Thomas, Main Man Films (MMF) is a coalition of international producers, writers, directors, actors and technicians who are active in the TV and film industry. A former executive vice president for a national cable TV channel, Thomas has been featured in The Denver Business Journal and numerous other publications, including BFM, a UK film magazine. Credited projects include music videos, TV commercials, nationally televised TV series, feature films, documentaries, interstitials, corporate videos, promotional spots and original programs. Based in Colorado, MMF attracts talent and crew from Los Angeles, New York and as far away as Cape Town, South Africa, to support its productions. Visit for more information.