“American Pot Story: Oaksterdam” World Premiere at Slamdance 2023

Jan 19, 2023 | Blog, Events

You’re invited to the world premiere of the documentary American Pot Story: Oaksterdam at the world-famous Slamdance Film Festival in Utah.

Thank you to TRUCE Utah for hosting the events surrounding the premiere.

Come out and celebrate a momentous occasion with us if you are in the area! 

Attend an Upcoming Event


Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

“American Pot Story” Film Screening

10:15 a.m. MST

Location: Treasure Mountain Inn
255 Main St, Park City, UT 84060

  • Followed by a Q&A with New Love filmmakers Ravit Markus and Dan Katzir

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

“How Advocacy Shapes Policy” Film Panel –
Presented by TRUCE

3 p.m. MST
Location: Student Union, University of Utah
200 S, Central Campus Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Panelists:

  • Christine Stenquist, TRUCE
  • Diane Goldstein, LEAP
  • Dale Sky Jones, Oaksterdam University
  • Jeff Jones, Oaksterdam University
  • Weldon Angelos, The Weldon Project

“American Pot Story” Film Screening

4:15 p.m. MST

Location: Student Union, University of Utah
200 S, Central Campus Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

  • Followed by a Q&A with New Love filmmakers Ravit Markus and Dan Katzir

Film After-Party — Sponsored by TRUCE Utah
6:30-9 p.m. MST
Location: Purgatory Bar 
62 East 700 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111

  • TRUCE is excited to partner with Dragonfly Wellness and Purgatory Bar to bring you a night of celebration, community, and connection in honor of the film

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

“American Pot Story: Oaksterdam” Film Screening

8 p.m. MST

Location: Student Union, University of Utah
200 S, Central Campus Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84112

  • Followed by a Q&A with New Love filmmakers Ravit Markus and Dan Katzir

Learn More About the Film

 

 

American Pot Story: Oaksterdam tells the unknown origin story of how a handful of underdogs risked everything to spark the current worldwide revolution in cannabis policy. Reflecting Oakland, California’s rich history of civil resistance, they opened the first ever cannabis college, Oaksterdam University, and got Prop 19 — a measure to legalize cannabis — on the state ballot, thus bringing this taboo topic to the mainstream and opening a conversation on its social justice impact.

Filmmakers Dan Katzir and Ravit Markus of New Love Films spent a decade following this small group of rebels, including Oaksterdam University Founder Richard Lee and Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones. Also in the film are Actor and Advocate Tommy Chong, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland City Councilmember-at-Large Rebecca Kaplan, Oaksterdam Founder Jeff Jones, Leafly’s David Downs, LEAP’s Kyle Kazan, Diane Goldstein and Neill Franklin, and many others.

From facing public and international press to withstanding a federal raid that threatened it all, their fight for legalization is as tense as it is inspiring. A true American tale, their plight serves as a reminder of how democracy can work when people come together behind a cause.

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