The Cannabist (2015)
Rolling Papers: A Documentary Film
On January 1, 2014, recreational marijuana sales began in Colorado. With all eyes on ground zero of the green rush, The Denver Post became the first major media outlet to embrace it and appointed the world’s first marijuana editor. Legalization is not just an experiment for society, but a risk for the dying industry of newspapers to hedge its bets on the booming business of marijuana. Ricardo Baca sets out to report on history in the making with a team of straight-laced staff writers and fish out of water freelancers in tow for The Cannabist as it unfolds. Policy news, strain reviews, parenting advice and edible recipes are the new norm in the unprecedented world of pot journalism.
“Rolling Papers” was successfully funded on Kickstarter on June 3, 2014.
Rolling Papers is a documentary film about the cannabis culture in Colorado. The film’s co-director Mitch Dickman tells TheStreet’s Debra Borchardt about the challenges of funding a documentary film. The project is trying to raise money on Kickstarter and needs $50,420 to complete the film. The docmentary is centered around The Denver Post and how it chose to cover the evolving cannabis culture as Colorado legalized recreational marijuana. The filmmakers also look at the effect of Colorado’s legalization on other states and even other countries as the story unfolds.
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The Cannabist to star in documentary
The Cannabist, The Denver Post’s offshoot website dedicated to marijuana coverage, will be the subject of a forthcoming feature-length documentary from the Denver Documentary Collective. The film “Rolling Papers,” a chronicle of Colorado’s cannibis culture, is currently in production. Producers will launch a Kickstarter campaign this week.
The Kickstarter campaign will be unveiled online on 4/20 to finance the effort. (The 4/20 celebration, long the high holiday of the pot legalization movement, is expected to draw the biggest crowd ever in Denver this year.)
The “Rolling Papers” team: director Mitch Dickman and director of photography Zachary Armstrong of Listen Productions and producers Britta Erickson, Daniel Junge, Karl Kister, Alison Greenberg Millice and Katie Shapiro. Junge and Greenberg Millice previously won the Academy Award for best documentary short in 2012 for “Saving Face,” about brutal acid attacks on women in Pakistan.
For info about the Kickstarter campaign and to support the project check the film’s website. “Rolling Papers” is slated for completion this fall.
Rolling Papers official selection in such film festivals as HotDocs 2015, Kansas City Film Festival, and SXSW Film Festival