Category Archives: HempenRoad

a documentary film about industrial hemp and cannabis in the Pacific Northwest / Cascadia area – feature-length, made in 1996/7, produced, written and narrated by me

Briefing about the HempenRoad

A briefing on the HempenRoad

Early 97 —

The Hempen Road is a journey of discovery. Maybe more of a path in thought but mostly pavement in our highway reality. Like explorers and pilgrims throughout the ages, we’ve set out to realize the truth and share it to the masses. We film this.

“We” means me, Dave and partner Eiji, the filmaker. This is a multi-media film which shows the reality of the Hemp Industry, here and now. You’ll be able to see it soon. Our first journey leads us to the great Northwest, Cascadia. We’ll be going to California soon, then to Japan sometime after that, and then . . .

This is a festival quality film and we are mixing up a brew of 16mm, Super8, Hi8 video, 35mm photos, scanned images and WWW docs and all kinds of surprises. Hold on. It will be a film you can watch with your grandma or your boss who wears a tie. This is info and entertainment. Relax and have fun with it. Oh yeah, its won’t be boring either. Imagine a brew of a travel journal, a documentary film, a music video, a science project and rapid eye movement. Got it?

As we travel the coast , we are finding a potential waiting to explode. In the business reality of things, we’re seeing jobs, customers, orders, products, factories, projects, importing, computers, invoicing, making, selling. Ideas and dreams into realities. This is not a film about what hemp has done in the past or might do in the future. This is a contemporary portrait of a budding industry and a forum for thought as to what comes next.

How does the business of hemp work? Could a domestic market thrive? Is Hemp really as strong as they say? Who is making this stuff? What’s next? What can I do? Why not? Oh yeah, what exactly is hemp? We see pockets and communities building up around a support for hemp and re-thinkng ways of commerce.

We’re meeting a lotta different ages, colors, flavors and styles of people. Lot of different ideas and thoughts We’re showing the faces and personalities behind plenty ingenious and exciting Hemp products. Lots of groovin stores and other operations too. Vibrant atmospheres and quality goods. The west coast backdrop rolls along as we check-out the beauty of the Cascadia bio-region. The snowcapped volcano peaks, sand and rock coastline, blue herons and cedars. We also see the clearcuts, the belching logging trucks hauling loads of infant firs from the forests, careening down twisty, rainy roads. We see off to the roadway is the Satsop nuclear something or other with a well placed wetlands preserve in its shadow.

There is work to do. We will be finishing up the Hempen Road sometime Spring 1997. The plan is to first release to festivals and independant theatres. Then everywhere. I think you’ll like it, no matter who you are. Enjoy Knowledge!

HempenRoad press release — February 1997

HempenRoad press release —
For Immediate Media Release, February 1997

A film leaping into the world of Hemp
North American West Coast 1996-97

Now in Production

Beginning November 1996, writer / hempster Dave Olson and multi-media film-maker Eiji Masuda hit the road to create an exciting and unique hemp adventure. The project became a feature length documentary film about the contemporary, commercial, industrial hemp scene. A portrait of the people and products of a re-emerging tradition.

The Hempen Road promises to be a fast paced, artistically created and contemplative story of the commercial hemp industry and the people in it.

With everyone from CNN to Giorgio Armani talking about hemp, this film will capture and chronicle a reemerging industry and put a human face behind the excitement and controversy of fiber hemp on the verge of the next century.

Eiji and Dave continue to shoot many segments along the left coast from Victoria, B.C. to San Diego, CA. including Seattle, Eugene, Portland, Bellingham and Vancouver and are finding exciting products and interesting people along the way.

While traveling and filming the west coast scenery, the crew will stop along the way to visit and film hempy people. The film will feature an entertaining variety of the “best and brightest” in this emerging industry. Included are makers, educators, sellers, designers, activists, writers, sewers, botanists, publishers, marketers and anyone else involved with the industrial applications of the cannabis plant.

Further, the film will demonstrate or explain the processes of making many inventive hemp products from flour to lip balm to bike chain lube to backpacks to paper to clothes to fancy clothes to soap to media to boutiques to fiberboard.

The finished film will be a combination of 16mm, Hi8 video, Super8, still 35mm photos, WWW documents and feature an original music soundtrack ( perhaps CD) and a booklet of information about hemp and the companies & organizations filmed.

A preview of the film is scheduled to be shown at the Vancouver Symposium in Feb. 1997 and be shown at similar events internationally.

The finished product will be available early Spring for distribution to the media and industry for review. Then, shortly thereafter, to the general public through film festivals, art theater release and on video.

This project is produced and marketed through the Giggling Piglet Durable Goods Co-Op, an international marketing and idea factory in co-operation. Please contact with any inquiries.
Produced in patnership with Eijindo Films and Hemp.Net.

Review From: HempWorld Magazine, Summer 1998

Hemp World magazine, Mari Kane, Publisher
Summer ’98 Volume 4, Issue 1

Summer Hemp Videos by Rose Ann Fuhrman

Produced by the HempenRoad Film Project

The Hempen Road – produced, written and narrated by Dave Olson – is an earnest, down-home movie that you can “send your grandma or congressperson,” as the video jacket suggests. If your congressperson is captured by homespun sincerity, he or she might watch and learn something. But careful about giving Grandma the impression she isn’t hip; some grandmas are among our most steadfast and knowledgeable activists.

In The Hempen Road, you’ll travel the back roads and main roads of Southwest Canada and the Northwest US and be invited behind the scenes to: meet Ian Hunter — hemp store owner and mayoral candidate in BC; enter kitchens where hemp seeds are a staple; visit Odette Kalman at Ecosource Paper in Victoria; watch as hemp fiber for weaving is dipped into natural indigo dye – it comes out green and turns deep blue as the air hits it, and lots more.

Well into the video the tone becomes less folksy – more political and controversial. Dennis Peron’s statement that all marijuana use is medical is quite a departure from the laid-back ramble through the Northwest.

In a segment on the Commercial and Industrial Hemp Symposium in Vancouver, visual clips from Hemp for Victory and pertinent modern images are inserted at appropriate times to complement the information being delivered by impressive international speakers at the symposium. The speakers are engaging and the video editing is effective – when you check it out, be thinking of who you can show it to.

There’s a surprise around every bend on this trip: on-the-edge jazz backs interesting visual effects of melded images. In contrast to innovative work, there are the too fast video shots like we’ve all taken, and there’s at least one moment that is downright poetic: referring to nuclear power plants, oil rigs, and clear cuts as, “Broken promises to the land, the workers, and ourselves.”

A sense of humor extends to the credits, which declare that: “All people appearing in the film are real. Any similarity to anyone else, living or dead, is not our problem. Individual comments do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Hempenroad film project, but they might.”

Review from: The Journal of the Industrial Hemp Association

Review from: The Journal of the Industrial Hemp Association

The HempenRoad
Director: Eiji Masuda
Year: 1997
Country: USA
Format: NTSC (Color)
Length: 85 mm.

Cost: $25.00 + $9.00 P&H
Availability:
2103 Harrison NW. Suite 2756,
Olympia, WA 98502
USA
Tel:+l (360) 705-3804

Content: This is as much a travelogue of the Pacific northwest as it is a hemp video. The opening credits, soundtrack and narration give a good idea of what is in store: a collage of images, sounds and ideas. The video is a whirlwind tour of many northwestem hemp businesses.

Some of the more interesting segments include an introduction to Ian Hunter, an activist running for mayor and owner of the Sacred Herb in Victoria BC.; Ecosource paper’s Odette Kalman’s discussion of hemp for paper pulp; and the Oregon Tax Act folks discussing marijuana. Cheryl Kolander at Aurora Dyeworks, offers a demonstration of the indigo-dyeing of hemp. WHEN, the Washington Hemp Educational Network presents a discussion of marijuana as medicine with Dennis Peron.

Finally, the video moves on to the 1997 Commercial and Industrial Hemp Symposium with speakers Geof Kime of Hempline, Jace Callaway discussing his oil seed crop, Richard Kozlowski of the Natural Fibers Institute, Mari Kane of Hempworld, and John Stahl with the Greenman Paper mill, on paper products, Brian McLay of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association, “Dr.” Alexander Sumach, Mrs. Jean Peart of Health Canada, David Watson of the IHA and Brian Taylor, mayor of Grand Forks, BC. The symposium ended with closing statements by Sotos Petrides of Wiseman Noble.

Hempenroad: Credits, Bands, Makers

About the HempenRoad film project

Who made it — short credits and bios on the filmmakers as well as the support crew

Who’s in it — all the people the film talks to and where that was

Songs and bands — band credits and all we know about the bands

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Eiji Masuda, Filmmaker

Eiji Masuda is an independent filmaker, originally from Tokyo, Japan. He is now studying and creating in Olympia, Washington, affiliated with The Evergreen State College’s Multi-Media program. His work is known for the combination of honest heart and soul, compelling topics as well as unique image and composition editing. His credits include the presentation of “A Spirit of A Chick” at the Olympia Film Festival. Eiji has also published several full-length books of stories and prose in Japanese language. Masuda’s Space-Frog Multi-media has also recently completed a documentary about the Japanese Tea Ceremony tradition in North America & Japan. Next is a documentary about a hotel in downtown Seattle that was a during the internment camp era of WW2.

Dave Olson, Writer / Producer

Dave Olson is a global-roaming, writer, craftsmaker, producer, farm hand, educator, tour guide . . . He has recently published definitive research on Hemp Culture in Japan. Upcoming publications include: “Travels in Palau,” “January in the Hot Springs,” a collection of Haiku-ish poems and “The Adventures of Uncle Weed,” an eco-hero for all ages. Dave has collaborated on several film projects while at Univ. of Utah and R.I.S.D., played percussion in a few bands, given many spoken word readings and fire juggling performances. Olson also runs “Internet Adventures,” an Internet training & Web design workshop in Olympia Wa. Now continuing to create the Giggling Piglet Durable Goods Co-Op, Dave hopes to bring a new model of commerce to the planet with the marketing of unique, durable hempen-ware and the production of genuine, creative projects.

Misa Nakanishi contributed additional filming, art direction, cover design and other creative & production duties.

Naoyo Masuda contributed photographs of many segments.

Pat Wood handled video sleeve layout & production and material printing duties.

Ben Livingston contributed WWW graphics

The HempenRoad film project’s Executive Producer is Robert Lunday. Robert is founder and SysOp for Hemp.Net based in Seattle, WA. He is leader in many grassroots activist campaigns as well as a provider of Internet access.

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Directed, Filmed, Edited — Eiji Masuda

Produced, Written, Narrated — Dave Olson

Executive Producer — Robert Lunday

Additonal filming & art direction — Misa Nakanishi

Additional Photography — Naoyo Masuda

Vid box Layout, Design & Printing — Pat Wood

WWW Graphics — Ben Livingston

 

HempenRoad Cascadia journay features:

Victoria, Vancouver Isle, BC
* Ian Hunter
* Sarah Hannah Bedard
* Odette Kalman
* Eric Hughes
* Alice Bracegirdle

Eugene, Oregon
* Todd Dalotto
* Carolyn Moran
* Bruce & Diedre Mullican

Portland, Oregon
* Paul Stanford
* Cheryl Kolander
* Chris Iverson

Olympia, Washington
* Charles Tomala, Jay Stewart, Scott Orr
* Bob Owen
* Dennis Peron

Seattle, Washington
* David Edwards
* S.David Stunda
* Rob Jungman
* Khamphy S.
* Tom Cluck

Vancouver, BC

* Mari Kane
* Mosse Mellish
* Many International Speakers at the Commercial Industrial Hemp Symposium

 

HempenRoad Sountrack Music by . . .

* Phat Sidy Smokehouse

* JahWah

* Elemental

* Chris Sullivan

* Bread Mountain

* 420 Love

* Chris Jacobsen

* Old Time Relijun

* Collective Shoe

* J. Williamson Ensemble

* Systolie Diastolie

* and more . . .

 

POT-TV: The Hempen Road: A journey into the world of Industrial Hemp

POT-TV: The Hempen Road: A journey into the world of Industrial Hemp