‘American Pot Story: Oaksterdam’ East Coast Premiere

June 2, 2023

American Pot Story: Oaksterdam celebrates its East Coast premiere at the Lighthouse International Film Festival located at Long Beach Island, New Jersey, June 7-11, 2023.

The film revolves around Oaksterdam University (OU), the world’s first cannabis college, and tells the unknown origin story of the people who took monumental risks to make cannabis legalization possible. It celebrates the courageous heritage of the legacy industry and the movement that started at OU and would go on to impact the world. 

The award-winning documentary, by critically-acclaimed filmmakers Dan Katzir and Ravit Markus, sheds light on the cannabis legalization movement through the lens of Oaksterdam University leaders. Katzir and Markus spent 10 years shadowing OU Founder Richard Lee and Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones as they fought to get the Prop 19 legalization measure on the ballot in California, then as they weathered a federal raid that threatened to shut them down. The film captures their struggles and triumphs as they fought to bring this topic to the mainstream.

OU is located in the Bay Area of California, not far from the famous Emerald Triangle. It first opened its doors in 2007. The school has over 80,000 alumni worldwide and is the most recognized and trusted name in cannabis education.  

“Our vision has always been revolutionary,” Jones says. “The industry has come so far, yet we have a long way to go federally. We look forward to continuing to be at the forefront of education, legal and public policy advocacy, social impact, and leadership.” 

Please join us for the East Coast premiere of the award-winning feature documentary “American Pot Story: Oaksterdam.” All are welcome!

For more info on the film and to watch the trailer: American Pot Story: Oaksterdam

Date: Saturday June 10, 2023

Time: 3:45 p.m. – Screening of American Pot Story: Oaksterdam

Where: Long Beach Island Foundation, 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, NJ 08008

Post-screening Q&A:  In person with Film Director Ravit Markus, along with film participant Evan Nison

After-Party:  Afterward, join the Oaksterdam Nonprofit for Education (The ONE), a 501(c)(3) for an after-party hosted by The Arcview Group at the Firefly Gallery

About American Pot Story: Oaksterdam:  https://www.americanpotstory.com

About Oaksterdam:

Oaksterdam University, the world’s first cannabis college, has been the forerunner in providing the highest quality training to people involved in the industry. OU’s faculty is composed of professionals, academics, and subject matter experts who have taught more than 80,000 OU alumni from 110 countries. With roots growing 25 years deep, OU is a dynamic, diverse, and responsive academic institute dedicated to educating the global cannabis community, industry, regulators, and government. Visit Oaksterdam University

About Lighthouse International Film Festival:

The Lighthouse International Film Festival is a celebration of cinema, creativity, and community on Long Beach Island, N.J.  This year’s festival, taking place from June 7-11, promises to be a spectacular showcase of films handpicked from top film festivals worldwide, including Sundance, SXSW, TIFF, and more.

American Pot Story: Oaksterdam Awards:

Audience Award at Slamdance Film Festival

Mayor’s Award at the Oakland International Film Festival

Stony Award for Best Documentary from Celeb Stoner Magazine

American Pot Story: Oaksterdam Reviews:

Film Threat review

BC Blog Critics review

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