I have to admit, I’m not big on stoner culture and I think the celebration of 4/20 is kind of ridiculous, but be that as it may, there’s a great documentary being shown for FREE tomorrow at the Parkway so if you’re going to celebrate, this is a good cheap way to do it.
Tomorrow, Super High Me is being shown for free at 1,100 locations throughout the country. Yes, you read that number correctly. The movie creators decided the best way to publicize the film was to encourage free screenings of it from 4/20-5/20. After that, you’ll have to pay to see it. One of the screening locations will of course be at the Parkway. Strangely, the Parkway doesn’t have any information about the showing on their site, but I’m sure it’s happening. The movie will be shown at 5pm but if you want to see it, I’d get in line around 4pm (yes, that does mean you’ll have to spend 4:20 standing in line, but at least there’s plenty to munch on once you get inside).
As the title suggests, this movie is a spin off of Super Size Me, wherein comedian Doug Benson smokes copious amounts of marijuana for 30 days and does all sorts of tests to see how it’s effecting him. He also spends thirty days abstaining from marijuana use and does the same tests. Not surprisingly, even the huge amounts of cannabis he smokes don’t have big negative effects on him (besides causing him to gain a bit of weight).
But the movie’s not all comedic. I was a bit skeptical about the movie before I saw it, even though I’m friends with and have great respect for the producer, Alex Campbell. But the movie is ultimately very political, in a way that’s not heavy handed (and often very funny). Alex shot tons of footage of LA area dispensaries and DEA raids, and the movie draws attention to the conflict between federal and state law and how activists are standing up to federal attacks.
Interestingly, Alex knew little about the medical marijuana movement before working on this film, but he’s now a dedicated medical marijuana activist. He mostly lives in Oakland now (maybe that will be permanent soon because he’s always talking about how much better Oakland is than LA) and has volunteered his time for protests, meetings, phone banking, etc. My hope is that this movie will encourage others to follow the same road as Alex and become active in this movement.
So if you need a lot of laughs tomorrow mixed with a fair amount of political education, check out Super High Me. If for some reason you can’t make it to the screening at the Parkway, the film will be shown at locations throughout the Bay Area and the country so check out the map to find a screening near you.