Parent Category: Film Festivals
Published on Tuesday, 08 January 2019 16:55
Written by Brad Balfour
With legalized marijuana hitting New York in the near future, the New York City Cannabis Film Festival has some fortuitous timing. Held at Brooklyn’s House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn NY), the festival runs all day on January 13 with eight shorts, two features, and one web series. According to festival founder, Michael Zaytsev, the festival aims to “reverse the stigmas that have been perpetuated against Cannabis for decades – largely through media – and provide a safe space for filmmakers and enthusiasts to celebrate Cannabis positive art.” This event is produced by High NY, which has been building NYC's Cannabis community through educational and cultural events since 2014.
Films running at the fest include:
- Bodega - Bodega explores the role of bodegas in NYC communities and how it’s being impacted by gentrification. The film received honorable mention for best documentary short at the most recent IMDB Film Festival.
- Out of Options - Produced and directed by Edward R. Murrow award winner, Todd Wiseman, this documentary follows two families in Texas exploring Cannabis medicine for children with epilepsy.
- One Bedroom - The story of an African American 30-something couple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood spending their final afternoon together. Winner of Best Feature at the Tallahassee Film Festival, London Film Awards, LA Film Awards, and Best Comedy Feature at the Manhattan Film Festival, One Bedroom was also recently selected for New Voices In Black Cinema.
- City of Dreams - This breakthrough non-narrative, non-commercial, experimental art film is a visual masterpiece. City of Dreams revives and develops upon concepts that trace their lineage to Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, the Canadian “Direct Cinema” movement, Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, and Godfrey Reggio’s genre-defining Koyaanisqatsi. This movie will leave you in awe of NYC’s beauty and might leave you wondering if you’re high on more than just Cannabis.
- Occupied Heart - This Spanish language stoner adventure comedy from a first-time filmmaker recently won Best Foreign Language Screenplay at the Madrid International Film Festival.
- The Secret History: How Medical Marijuana Was Re-Legalized in the U.S. - The inspiring true story of a renegade, gay, hippy pot activist, Dennis Peron. Discover how the LGBTQ rights movement gave birth to the medical marijuana movement.
Expect films and an ample supply of popcorn and munchies too.
To learn more, go to: https://www.nyccff.com/
New York City Cannabis Film Festival
January 13, 2019
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11237