Rolling Papers


Sequoia 2 Sat, Oct 8, 2016 12:30 PM
Panel discussion after the screening.
Sequoia 1 Mon, Oct 10, 2016 2:15 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Focus: Smoke Screens
Running Time:80 min.
Director:Mitch Dickman
Producer:Mitch Dickman
Daniel Junge
Britta Erickson
Alison Greenberg-Millice
Karl Kister
Katie Shapiro
Cinematographer:Zachary Armstrong
Editor:Davis Coombe
Tim Kaminski
Zachary Armstrong
Print Source:Listen Productions
Note Writer:Frako Loden


FOCUS: SMOKE SCREENS When Colorado became the first state to make marijuana legal, the Denver Post newspaper—whose editorial board had opposed Amendment 64—hired music critic Ricardo Baca to be its first marijuana editor. This was uncharted territory: A major newspaper had never before covered the worlds of recreational and medical cannabis so intensely, and those realms were morphing in unpredictable and controversial ways. Baca developed a team of skilled reporters to cover the industry, chemistry, art, and politics of marijuana. This fascinating documentary follows Baca and his staff through the first year of Colorado's great experiment when marijuana dispensaries began selling to the general public. How would pot-smoking parents deal with Child Protective Services? Could cannabis replace chemotherapy in medical treatments? Would jobs in the marijuana industry be safe from federal interference? Would legal cannabis unleash a new social menace on our society? And would journalism take new forms in keeping up with the changes?

Guests in attendance 10/8 & 10/10: Mitch Dickman (director), Ricardo Baca (subject)

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Additional Information

Recently named “Top 10 Documakers to watch in 2015” by Variety, Mitch is an award winning producer and director. Recent credits include Rolling Papers (2015 SXSW premiere with a theatrical domestic release in over 20 cities and international VOD in over 60 countries in 2016), Hanna Ranch (NY Times Critics’ Pick), Being Evel (line producer, Sundance 2015) and 20 other films. Mitch is also the founder of Listen Productions and is based in Denver, Colorado.