Weed the People



Sequoia 1 Fri, Oct 12, 2018 9:00 PM
Sequoia 1 Sat, Oct 13, 2018 12:15 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:94 min.
Director:Abby Epstein
Producer:Ricki Lake
Giancarlo Canavesio
Sol Tryon
Cinematographer:Christopher Gallo
Clare Major
Paulo Netto
Richard Pearce
Jenna Rosher
Editor:Kristen Nutile
Print Source:Abramorama
Note Writer:Alexis Whitman


This bold documentary from Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born) follows five children with cancer and their parents as they desperately try to move past marijuana’s reputation as a recreational joyride and embrace its centuries-old history as an effective medicine, and one that offsets the negative side effects of chemotherapy and may even shrink tumors. Several of the subjects begin a concentrated cannabinoid regimen with Mara Gordon of medical marijuana purveyor Aunt Zelda’s, but will the drug be the miracle they seek? How much can we know about dosage and impact when the government has blocked significant medical testing for 80 years? Pediatricians, drug policy experts, and herbalists weigh in on the history and science of marijuana. Most persuasive of all are the patients and their families as they convincingly argue that it’s time to rethink marijuana on a national scale and move past the cloud of fog that follows this herb.

Expected Guests: Director Abby Epstein; Producer Ricki Lake  (All Screenings)

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Abby Epstein made her directing debut with Until the Violence Stops (2004). She has been producing and directing documentaries for over 10 years with producer Ricki Lake. Their first collaboration was the celebrated feature documentary, The Business of Being Born (2007), which inspired their book, Your Best Birth, and a follow-up docuseries, More Business of Being Born. They subsequently produced the documentaries Breastmilk (2014) and The Mama Sherpas (2015). They are currently in production on Sweetening the Pill. Abby has also produced pilots, promos, and online videos for many companies. Prior to working in film, Abby directed theatrical productions on Broadway and internationally.