Hempsters: Plant the Seed

Overview

Filmmaker Michael Henning details the efforts of seven activists in challenging the United States government to legalize industrial hemp so that we might cease reliance on foreign oil, conserve our forests, and discover more efficient forms of energy. Across the world, over 30 countries rely on industrial hemp to fulfill their agricultural needs. In America, however, hemp is associated so closely with marijuana that lawmakers are afraid to touch the topic lest they be seen as opponents of the war on drugs. Back ...
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Overview

Filmmaker Michael Henning details the efforts of seven activists in challenging the United States government to legalize industrial hemp so that we might cease reliance on foreign oil, conserve our forests, and discover more efficient forms of energy. Across the world, over 30 countries rely on industrial hemp to fulfill their agricultural needs. In America, however, hemp is associated so closely with marijuana that lawmakers are afraid to touch the topic lest they be seen as opponents of the war on drugs. Back in 1996, actor and environmental activist Woody Harrelson planted four feral hemp seeds in Kentucky, challenging state law and risking jail time simply to raise public awareness about the many benefits hemp. He was eventually acquitted, though the high-profile trial that followed drew exactly the kind of attention to the cause that Harrelson had hoped for. In this documentary, Harrelson, Ralp Nader, Willie Nelson, Julia "Butterfly" Hill, Merle Haggard, and others voice legitimate concerns about the reasoning behind maintaining the ban on industrialized hemp, while illustrating the many potential benefits of reconsidering our current laws.
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Special Features

"10 Reasons Why"; Extended Scene - Featuring Hemp Activist, Craig Lee; Alternate Inro; Trailers
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • UPC: 881394108325
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Source: Cinema Libre
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 97,567

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Harrelson Participant
Ralph Nader Participant
Julia Butterfly Hill Participant
Willie Nelson Participant
Donna Cockrell Participant
Merle Haggard Participant
Gatewood Gailbraith Participant
Andy Graves Participant
Jake Graves Participant
Craig Lee Participant
Joe Hickey Participant
Tom Cook Participant
Bob Weiner Participant
Joe American Horse Participant
Alex White Plume Participant
Cynthia Thielen Participant
Stephan Jenkins Participant
Technical Credits
Michael Henning Director, Cinematographer
Asylum Street Spankers Score Composer
Joey Beebe Co-producer
Mark Birnbaum Cinematographer, Editor
Ira Flowers Cinematographer, Co-producer, Editor
David Greenstein Co-producer
Dusan Harminic Editor
Josh Hickman Cinematographer
Andrew Hudson Executive Producer
Craig Lee Co-producer
Chance Noble Co-producer
Diana Oliver Producer
Rod Pitman Executive Producer
Jon Preston Editor
Arthur Rouse Cinematographer
Johan Schotte Executive Producer
Christopher L. Smith Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hempsters: Plant the Seed
1. Hempsters [4:16]
2. The Cousin [5:06]
3. The Teacher & The Farmer [4:47]
4. Family Business [6:02]
5. Telling the Difference [6:09]
6. Anti-Hemp Conference [6:00]
7. The Butterfly Lady [8:22]
8. The Nation & The Rocker [6:42]
9. The Politician [7:57]
10. The Trial [10:41]
11. Eradication [6:56]
12. We Don't Run/Credits [12:34]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hempsters: Plant the Seed
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Extras
      10 Reasons Why
      Hempsters Trailer
      Alternate Intro
      Learn More
         Visit the Film Website for Updates on the Movement
         Free America Society - Lobby to RE-Legalize Hemp
         Craig Lee and the Green Coal Coalition
         Woody Harrelson and Earth First
         Gatewood Galbraith
         Julia Butterfly Hill
   Cinema Libre Studio
      Also From Cinema Libre Studio
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         The Beautiful Truth
         Gas Hole
         Save the Farm
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