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Hempen Road / chapter 4: Olympia (1996/7)

Hempen Road / chapter 4: Olympia (1996/7)

Hemp cannabis pioneers and activist in Olympia, WA, USA (ala OlyWa) are featured in this chapter of 1996/7 documentary film in which host/producer Dave Olson (hello) visits with interesting characters including:

  • Bob Owen, Wa Hemp Education Network (and Lt. Governor candidate)
  • Dennis Peron, Prop 215 (California) activist etc
  • OlyWa.net: Chas Lance Tomala, Jay Unabonger Stewart, Scott(y) Orr
  • And many Washington State activists in action

Continue reading Hempen Road / chapter 4: Olympia (1996/7)

Hempen Road / chapter 3: Portland (1996/7)

Hempen Road / chapter 3: Portland (1996/7)

Hemp cannabis pioneer entrepreneurs in Victoria, Canada are featured in this chapter of 1996/7 documentary film in which host/producer Dave Olson (hello) visits with interesting characters including:

  • D. Paul Stanford, CRRH etc
  • Cheryl Kolander, Aurora Dye Works

Continue reading Hempen Road / chapter 3: Portland (1996/7)

Hempen Road / chapter 2: Eugene (1996/7)

Hempen Road / chapter 2: Eugene (1996/7)

Hemp cannabis pioneering entrepreneurs and activists n Eugene, Oregon are featured in this chapter of 1996/7 documentary film in which host/producer Dave Olson (hello) visits with interesting characters including:

* Todd Dalotto, Hungry Bear Hemp Foods

* Carolyn Moran, Living Tree Paper

* Bruce & Diedre Mullican, Sow Much Hemp Continue reading Hempen Road / chapter 2: Eugene (1996/7)

Hempen Road / chapter 1: Victoria (1996)

Hempen Road / chapter 1: Victoria (1996/7)

Hemp cannabis pioneer entrepreneurs in Victoria, Canada are featured in this chapter of 1996/7 documentary film in which host/producer Dave Olson (hello) visits with interesting characters including:

* Ian Hunter, Victoria Mayoral candidate & Sacred Herb shop

* Sarah Hannah Bedard, Sacred Herb shop

* Padra Ahmadi, Earthenware clothing

* Alice Bracegirdle, Zima Foods

* Eric Hughes, Zima Foods

* Odette Kalman, Ecosource Paper Continue reading Hempen Road / chapter 1: Victoria (1996)

Japanese Cinema etc: quick hits/notes

Shintaro Katsu as Zatoichi, wanders – blind with cane-sword, ready for massage

Consider this a sloppy and not complete by any means roundup for Japanese and Japan-related cinema and other visual entertainment. 

Just quick hits, a few links, please take the time to add to it if you have something to say.

First, buddy Banghi puts forth:

a quick and dirty list focusing on directors highlights or favs rather than spamming a list of Kurosawa…

* Tokyo Story
* Tampopo
* High and low
* Castle of Cagliastro
* In the realm of the senses
* Kwaidan
* Akira
* Any/all Zatoichi
* Ballad of Narayama
* Rodan
* The Burmese harp
* Battle royale

Next, I made a little list of Japanese and related for folks coming to wedding as a primer – a few ideas to load up on your device for plane viewing to get ya in the spirit: Continue reading Japanese Cinema etc: quick hits/notes

Artifacts: Cameras (various), with thoughts about impermanence

Here’s looking at you future past… (As seen while dropping off expired 35 mm film for developing, something mildly recursive about all of this).

The blue Lomo Diana with flash seen to right came home with us for a christmas gift for Ryoko, along with 3 rolls of expired 35mm film. 

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HempenRoad: Cascadia Journey (1997) – IMDb

Only took since 1997, but finally listed HempenRoad 1997 feature documentary film on IMdb. Have a variety of info, posters, stills and whatnot there. Kinda laborious but want to be thorough (especially out of respect for Eiji Masuda – rip).

There are now IMDB listings for:

  • Todd Dalotto
  • Ian Hunter (rip)
  • Robert Jungmann
  • Mari Kane
  • Dennis Peron (rip)
  • Sotos Petrides
  • D. Paul Stanford
  • Alexander Sumach
    with more to come (be patient &/or diy, its all the same process)
    +
  • Ben Livingston
  • Pete Word

& links to where you can view the film (Reelhouse, Vimeo, Youtube – thanks to Brad Rees).

Source: HempenRoad: Cascadia Journey (1997) – IMDb

Personal Archeology of Diligent Creative Endeavours

The things we make in the rapid pace of creativity, often fall judgement to our own perfectionism and subjectivity at the time,… But, one stashed away and preserved, they can become artefacts that show us how we became ourselves. Additionally, by preserving output made by our co-conspirators and collaborators, we can help fill in the gap’s of their stories.

In this case, videos made by my dear pals:

Brandon G Kiggins (Formerly of Utah, now of Brooklyn/NYU) “the environmentalist” (award-winning)

Eiji Masuda #RIP Japan who was my collaborator on the pioneering digital doc Hempen Road (20 years old this year) “Mistaking the shadow” #Experimental

A documentary about the Russian revolution “The beginning of our troubles” made by my Uncle Mark Bannatyne while at USU doing graduate studies

A film by my Mom Lauralee Elliott #RIP with significant assistance from the aforementioned Brandon Kiggins, while at #UVCC “Tattoo”, note: long before everyone had a tattoo :-)

A public TV show which broadcast clips from the previously mentioned Hempen Road on “Master Weed theater”

The one labelled “Giggling Piglet Co-op” features me and the Japanese girl on the island of Guam demonstrating flower sticks and talking about the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia who had recently died on a show called “Buenas”, and might… also contain a similar juggling stick performance from Tottori, Japan which appeared on the nationally broadcast morning show “Zoom in Asa”.

In some cases, these might be the only remaining evidence of these diligent creative endeavors. Eventually they will be digitized and shared an archived so the hours that one into them and the inspiration which comes out of them, can pass on to others.

What do you have in your closet or shoe box which Will surprise and inspire your friends and strangers?

I saw a great movie…

I saw a great movie last night with exceptional acting, pacing, dialogue and nuanced geo-political intrigue.

Called “Hyde Park on Hudson” starring Bill Murray who disappears into the role of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s (also possibly my favorite US president).

Yep, I like my movies slow – with pleasant scenes of conversation and countryside drives. Also, stuttering awkward kings, hot dogs, mistresses, and custom modified cars.

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Also, I’m fascinated by the life and times of the short raining King Edward (real name David) who abdicated give mean way to his younger dorkier brother George. David was a true rockstar king, beloved by the masses, oozing charisma and charm, whose later life tied up an intrigue and golf games with the world elite, accompanied by his controversial American wife. Where is the biopic about this mysterious elusive Royal?

Chris Graham Of course you are forgetting his friendship with Hitler and his Nazi sympathies. Although he had some good points, and was initially popular, his ‘unsuitable’ relationship gave a viable reason to ease him out of the picture. This world might have been a very different place otherwise. His German friend had plans to re-instate him to the throne if the Nazis’ planned invasion of Britain had been successful. Yes he was a fascinating character, but not for the romantic reasons most people might think.

Dave Olson Yes, the German connection makes the story even more fascinating, especially in light that the entire British royal family is German descent (Aside from a few other European royal inbreeding inputs etc.). I am not pro or con his “politics” but I am fascinated by the narrative arc of his story. Also, I am a complete non-royalist, the thought that people inherit privilege due to their “birthright” is abhorrent to me. Also, the Germanic connection was hardly a secret but more people then we realize weren’t sure of the outcome of the war and were hedging their bets in one way or another.

Chris Graham Quite true Dave. I agree about the ‘birthright’ bit, though they don’t have any real influence on government these days. They’re simply titular, and a bit of pomp and ceremony to entertain tourists and locals alike. At least they (generally) behave a lot better than many ‘celebrities’ these days.

Dave Olson (2018) Noting that the popular series “the crown” unpacked the Nazi connection quite a while I think. I guess they were listening to our banter 🙂

HempenRoad Overview Dossier

hemproad-greyHempenRoad film project – A travel documentary about commercial hemp industry in the Pacific NW in 1996-7. Produced, written and narrated by DaveO, directed by Eiji Masuda, the Hempenroad is an experimental, multi-media roadtrip exploring commercial hemp businesses and conferences in the Pacific northwest.  Finishes with exclusive footage of the groundbreaking Commercial Industrial Hemp Symposium in Vancouver, B.C. head-250

Explore:

  • Reviews from Hempworld, Journal of IHA and more
  • Production Journal – notes and pics from an almost real-time road note book
  • Soundtrack Music – eclectic assortment of bits and pieces, collected over the years
  • Most of the (unedited) narration text – read along at home!

Watch Hempenroad

Bonus: Dave discussing the Hempenroad with D. Paul Stanford on Portland TV program, Cannabis Common Sense episodes

Note: Cannabis Common Sense is the longest-running cannabis show on the net! Oregon, USA’s CRRH (Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp) have produced this weekly show for cable TV in Oregon and for the net since 1997. Many Special Guests.