Award-Winning “American Pot Story: Oaksterdam” Premieres at New Bedford Film Festival

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American Pot Story: Oaksterdam” kicks off a series of film premieres across the country with an appearance at the New Bedford Film Festival at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2024 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. 

The award-winning documentary by New Love Films centers on 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. The film celebrates the courageous heritage of the legacy industry and the movement that started in Oakland, Calif. and has gone on to impact the world. 

Directors Dan Katzir and Ravit Markus spent 10 years shadowing OU Founder Richard Lee and Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones, capturing their struggles and triumphs as they fought to bring cannabis to the mainstream.

American Pot Story: Oaksterdam at NBFF

Location: 1213 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA 02740

Date: Friday, April 19th, 2024

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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Screening Details:


  1. BURNING THE MISHOON | Documentary Short
  2. AMERICAN POT STORY: OAKSTERDAM | Documentary Feature


About NBFF

The New Bedford Film Festival celebrates authentic cinematic stories, cultivates bold storytellers, and champions the city’s growing creative economy. 

About American Pot Story: Oaksterdam:  

Digital Press Kit


  • Audience Award – Slamdance Film Festival
  • Mayor’s Award – Oakland International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Feature Award – Weyauwega International Film Festival
  • Stony Award for Best Documentary – Celeb Stoner Magazine
  • Coveted Coyote Award – Luna Spirit – Topanga Film Institute and Festival
  • Spirit of Independents Award – Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
  • Grand Prix Award – Tokyo International Cannabis Film Festival vol. 2
  • Best Feature Film – Tokyo International Cannabis Film Festival Vol. 2
  • Nominated, Documentary Award – Kevin Smith’s Smodcastle Film Festival


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 100,000 OU alumni from 110+ countries. With roots growing 27 years deep, OU is a dynamic, diverse, responsive academic institute dedicated to educating the global cannabis workforce, entrepreneurs, regulators, and government. 


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