We were contacted by Amanda Van West who thought her documentary would stimulate some discussion here at the OB Rag. There are some interesting points in the film and I had to chuckle at the remark about “the stench”. ~Patty
I’m a 24 year old filmmaker from Santa Clara, California, currently finishing my MA degree in International Broadcast Journalism at Westminster University in London. I’ve worked on short documentaries in California, Mexico, Nicaragua, and London.
“California’s Cannabis Culture” is a short documentary that was created for my final MA project. I filmed everything around Northern California between May and June, and finished the documentary in London. It’s an exploration of the marijuana scene in California, in light of the upcoming possibility of Proposition 19 passing in November. California has long had a reputation of being marijuana-friendly, so I wanted to showcase a bit of the culture and investigate what changes might happen, if any, should it become fully legalized in November.
This isn’t a documentary that’s meant to be for or against the legalization of marijuana. Rather, I wanted to create something that both people from California and from outside California could enjoy, and I hope that it will stimulate debate about the issue.