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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.

Vancouver web biz Raincity Studios Acquires Drupal host Bryght

I rarely mention the tasks i do to pay the bills however, that will change a wee bit as i am involved in a couple of noteworthy projects in that whole “new media, social networking, community building, web biz” scene.

bryght board of love

Today’s announcement is big fun since I’ve been apart as an observer, friend, participant and now employee for some time and dig working with folks who are determined to do it with their values intact.

Uncle Weed + BMann Consulting
(in this photo i am clearly miffed that boris planned the same outfit and hair-do)

I won’t repost the whole spiel but instead invite you to read my post at Raincity blog Raincity Studios’ Forecast is Bryght or peruse the press release Raincity Studios Acquires Bryght.

RCS Core

Here’s just a tast of me gushing on the Bryght crew from the aforementioned blog post:

Aside from the actual billable client work, these guys (yes, twas all gents at Bryght) are individually remarkable. I am saying this as a co-worker but also as someone who has reaped knowledge, friends and goodtimes (and even a job) through “hanging out,” participating in their events and “getting in where i can fit in” here in tech-groovy Vancouver.



Roland Tanglao, Bryght’s Chief Blogging Officer writes about Raincity Acquiring Bryght

CBC etc.’s Tod Maffin posts an EXCLUSIVE: Bryght aquired by Raincity Studios

Bryght’s Boris Mann tells the Drupal world Bryght and Raincity are joining forces ditto at BmannConsulting

The noted Mr. Barefoot offers up Bryght Shiny Day for Raincity

kk with Dave O

The charming super-blogger Miss 604 chimes (from Iowa no less) with Raincity Studios Acquires Bryght

Digg Raincity Studios acquires Bryght and Vancouver Web 2.0 Companies Join Forces

(first kk shot eva’ – within half-second of meeting him)