'Rolling Papers' documentary about marijuana reporters to premier at SXSW
A documentary about reporters covering the marijuana beat during Colorado’s first year of legalization will be shown at the South by Southwest festival in Austin this year.
Entitled “Rolling Papers” the documentary is described as “in 2014, recreational marijuana sales began in Colorado. With all eyes on ground zero of the green rush, The Denver Post appointed the world’s first marijuana editor. Pot is legal, journalism is ignited and The Cannabist is covering it as it unfolds. “
It will air during the film festival between March 13 through March 21 and will screen multiple times.
Director Mitch Dickman’s feature-length film follows reporters inside The Post’s newsroom as well as freelancers for the newspaper’s online marijuana news outlet The Cannabist.
While none of the staff have yet seen the film, they have guessed at what might be in it, including “Intensive reporting on a massive CBD series with Post staff writer John Ingold. Marijuana shopping with pot critic Jake Browne. A work trip to Montevideo, Uruguay, with marijuana editor Ricardo Baca to learn more about their legal pot infrastructure. Roaming the Cannabis Cup with pot critic Ry Prichard. At home with Cannabist parenting columnist Brittany Driver, and her son and husband.”