A Bountiful (And Sometimes Dark) Harvest Of Cannabis Films At New York Festival

Cannabis-loving film buffs in the Big Apple rejoice: the New York City Cannabis Film Festival is back for Round 2 on Oct. 16.

True to the mission of its inaugural event last year, this year’s festival aims to “[celebrate] entertaining and educational films about cannabis in hopes to further transform, stimulate change, and share the expanding horizons of cannabis culture in New York City”, according to their website.

The festival showcases a variety of feature and short narrative films covering numerous genres in efforts to “give filmmakers mainstream audience exposure and [provide] a forum to share their work with distributors and the general public.” 

Via three separate screenings on the afternoon of Oct. 16, movies showcased will include feature films Tricky Bidness by JoAnn Schuch and The Summer of the Cans by Tocha Alves; short films More Than Just Grass by Sarah Simpson, Trippin’ With the Folks by Meghan Weinstein, Jef Needs Ice Cream by Dave Conte, Gray Area by Dasha Lushnikova, Board by Adam Volerich, Bossman by Theresa Varga, Tomatoes by William Levin, Recalculating by Diane Fredel-Weis, The Real Cannabis Culture – The Emerald Cup by Chloe Addleman, Super Fun With Learning by Lexie Kahanovitz; and feature film Dark Harvest by James Hutson.

The films will be screened starting at 2 p.m., with the last film (Dark Harvest) showing at 8 p.m. All events (including workshops and other activities) will take place at Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel on Wythe Avenue.

“Our mission is to elevate cannabis culture by building a bridge between the filmmaking community and a new class of leaders and entrepreneurs through a public film festival in NYC,” festival organizers said in a statement.

You can purchase tickets for any of the three screenings for $19, or pay $47 for a full festival pass that gets you into every screening.


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