Hemp – it’s not just for hippies anymore. Today you can make everything from salad dressing to auto parts to buildings with it. In fact, American consumers are purchasing over $450 million in industrial hemp products annually. You just can’t grow it here legally. BRINGING IT HOME explores the question of why a crop with so many widespread benefits cannot be farmed in the United States by illustrating its history, current industries and talking to both opponents and proponents of the industrial hemp farming legalization effort.
This 60-minute film was workshopped at Docs In Progress’ Peer Pitch program in 2011. Since its 2013 completion, it has screened at dozens of film festivals, receiving Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival’s Jury Award and Sedona International Film Festival’s Best Environmental Film Award as well as an audience engagement campaign with over a 100 community screenings to date. Following the 52 minute film, Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg will facilitate a Q&A with filmmakers Linda Booker and Mark Barroso about the making of the film.
The community center is off Philadelphia Avenue between Piney Branch and Carroll. Parking is free. If taking Metro, the walk from the Takoma Park Metro Station is about 20 minutes or you can take Ride-On Buses 25 (towards Langley Park) or 12 (towards Silver Spring) to the Community Center. Click here for a Google Map
This screening is co-sponsored by Docs In Progress and We Are Takoma, an arts and humanities programming series of the Takoma Park City Government.
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