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marijuana growing documentary 2021

Marijuana growing documentary 2021

First trailer (+ poster) for Bailey & Barbato’s doc Going to Pot: The High and Low of It, on YouTube:

Trailer | Going To Pot: The High and Low of It Come roll with Paramount+ on 4/20.
Stream Going to Pot: The High and Low of It from MTV Documentary Films. Posted by Paramount+ on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

“Don’t get paranoid… we’ve got the answers.” MTV Docs + Paramount have unveiled an official trailer for a TV documentary film titled Going to Pot: The High and Low of It, which will be launching streaming on Paramount+ starting on 4/20 this month. Of course. MTV Documentary Films celebrates 4/20 with the highly anticipated Going to Pot: The High and Low of It from Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato of World of Wonder Productions. In Bailey and Barbato’s Going to Pot, they explore the growing marijuana industry by delving into its misconceptions and promises of its explosion. Their goal was to “take the audience on a journey that explores the good, the bad, and the evil effects of pot.” Sounds scary. This looks much more like info-tainment, focusing on facts and details and answers. And I’m not sure there’s much of a narrative here besides “weed is legal so many places now and we want to capitalize on that and make a doc about, er, pot!”

Official Trailer for ‘Going to Pot’ Doc Film About Marijuana Industry

Going to Pot explores this rapidly growing industry through an irreverent approach to the misconceptions and promises of the marijuana explosion. Executive producers Bailey and Barbato (Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, and The Eyes of Tammy Faye), who made Emmy history with their multi-year wins for RuPaul’s Drag Race, take viewers on an experience of the good, the bad and the evil. Going to Pot: The High and Low of It is co-directed by producers / filmmakers Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato, both of World of Wonder Productions, and both co-directors of the docs Party Monster, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, 101 Rent Boys, Inside Deep Throat, Becoming Chaz, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, and also Liberty: Mother of Exiles previously. It’s produced by Bailey & Barbato, and written and produced by Jim Fraenkel. MTV will debut Going to Pot streaming on Paramount+ starting April 20th – on 4/20 this spring. Anyone?

Marijuana growing documentary 2021

As a second-generation Cannabis farmer with longtime roots in Mendocino County, Chiah Rodriques is another standout figure of the film. She and her husband run the family farm together, juggling raising two adolescent sons with a grueling work schedule. Rodrigues provides a window into Mendocino’s wild west past, recalling being told not to discuss what her father did for a living and the terrifying sounds of helicopters hovering overhead. As big agriculture encroaches on the cannabis industry, it’s heartbreaking to see the family struggle to collect payments from distributors while grappling with burdensome new growing regulations.

“Lady Buds” is available on VOD from Gravitas Ventures.

As talk of legalization swept through California’s Humboldt and Mendocino counties in 2016, local marijuana growers remained cautiously optimistic. After decades of helicopter flyovers, DEA raids, and living life in the shadows, growers traded fears of prosecution for anxiety over what an influx of big money could do to their hard-won industry. Filmed over four years, “Lady Buds” profiles some of the most respected women weed growers in California, following an eclectic group of pioneers and family farmers throughout this turning point in the marijuana industry. While a few characters are as colorful as one would imagine, most are simply hard-working entrepreneurs trying to stay afloat. The feminist film does their stories justice through an empathetic if disappointingly dry lens.


The Bud Sisters in “Lady Buds”

Filmmaker Chris J. Russo became interested in the subject matter after reading a statistic that women held 36 percent of leadership positions in the cannabis industry, the highest percentage of any other emerging market in the U.S. Focusing on six main subjects, plus a few supporting characters, “Lady Buds” struggles to find a human narrative, even among a plethora of eccentrics. Dropping a couple of stories would have allowed more time for personal flourishes, and could have gone a long way to turning “Lady Buds” from a conventional but informative documentary into an entertaining character study framed around a hot button issue.


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More than a solely feminist film, “Lady Buds” is a portrait of how easily ad carelessly small farmers were swept away by big agriculture in the years following legalization. When a Humboldt County Sheriff plainly explains how “Only the strong will survive,” it’s the most compassionate that particular idiom has ever sounded. Between waves of wildfires, bureaucratic barriers, and devaluing product, most of the businesses profiled in “Lady Buds” don’t survive. It’s a wrenching look at the perils of prohibition, and who wins when all is said and done.