NEW YORK – Pot Luck, narrated by Robin Quivers, a 3 Generations production, from Emmy-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Jane Wells, will screen as part of the SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York – 7th edition – which was originally scheduled for March 16 – 22, 2020, but due to COVID-19 the Festival will now run June 22 – 28 online.
Pot Luck director Jane Wells will do an online Q & A as part of the festival’s “Meet the Filmmakers” LIVE sessions on Friday, June 26 at 5:30pm ET. The sessions are free for everyone who subscribes to the festival’s YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTSz55oZhoPPlhJos82RoSw?view_as=subscriber
Pot Luck will be available to screen on the festival’s website from 5:00pm ET, Thursday, June 25 through 5:00pm ET, Saturday, June 27. Screening tickets are $6 and available at https://www.eventcombo.com/e/fri-626-tell-my-story-butter-pot-luck-shorts-block-5-39589
Pot Luck was released on DigitalHD and DVD in North America by Giant Pictures, the digital film distribution division of Giant Interactive on the unofficial marijuana “holiday” 4/20, which started out as a counterculture event every April 20. With each passing year, as legalization and corporatization of marijuana becomes more prevalent, 4/20 has morphed into a more mainstream “holiday.”
3 Generations is a nonprofit organization that makes feature films, short films and videos about critical human rights issues, and is a unique platform at the intersection of independent film and social justice advocacy.
Pot Luck takes a road trip across the state of Colorado to find out what the new normal looks like. The war on drugs has failed, but is legalization of cannabis the answer? It has been five years since the people of Colorado voted to legalize cannabis in all its forms. A colorful cast of locals including businessmen, budtenders, barbers, cops and farmers share a stake in the still-evolving world of legal cannabis.
Pot Luck direct trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1-W7GrS1ZA
Gathering their stories and experiences the film looks beyond the headlines and hysteria and asks: Is this blazed new world a good one? Have the injustices of the war on drugs been addressed? Is legalization synonymous with greater social justice? What is driving the movement to legalize cannabis, progressive ideals or unfettered capitalism?
Criss-crossing the state, filming people going about their working lives, Pot Luck gradually reveals new material about what legalization looks like on a day-to-day basis. It exposes some uncomfortable truths about public health and safety, about who and what is driving the industry as well as the collateral damage.
The potential benefits of medical cannabis and miracle cures are witnessed along with concerns about the unintended consequences of full recreational use of the drug. Pot Luck pays special attention to the impact on minorities, the very people who advocates claim will most benefit from legalization.
“I used to live in Colorado. Legalization has changed the state in visible ways. As a progressive, cognizant of the failures of the war on drugs, I was curious to look more deeply and document the changes in my former home state. Although the motivation for this film was quite personal, I have let the Coloradans show us their new landscape, share their perspectives and tell their stories,” said Wells.
Pot Luck, a 3 Generations Production; was Written and Directed by Jane Wells; Produced by Jane Wells, Simon Brook, Nadia Zilkha; Director of Photography Emmanuel Bastien;Editor Barbara Bossuet; Composer Christopher North; Post Production Supervisor Francesco Portinari; and Associate Producer Jamie Brandel.
Giant Pictures released Pot Luck on April 14, 2020 on all digital platforms including, Apple TV, Prime Video, Xbox / Microsoft Store, Vimeo On Demand, Google Play, Vudu, and Hoopla, plus DVD nationwide.
Pot Luck direct YouTube trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1-W7GrS1ZA
Pot Luck Vimeo 2 minute trailer: https://vimeo.com/288770385
Pot Luck Vimeo 1 minute trailer: https://vimeo.com/398346043
ABOUT Jane Wells, Producer/Director
Jane Wells is an Emmy-award nominated filmmaker, best known for producing and directing TRICKED, a documentary about sex trafficking in the USA, and for producing the groundbreaking documentary feature The Devil Came on Horseback, about the genocide in Darfur. As the founder of 3 Generations, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization whose mission is to tell the stories of survivors of human rights abuses, she has written, produced and directed over 40 short films and videos. Her films have been selected by film festivals including Sundance, AFI/Silverdocs, Hotdocs, Tribeca, Montclair, Nashville, Thessaloniki, Aspen Shorts Fest, Red Nation and The American Indian Film Festival. In addition, she wrote and produced the award-winning documentary feature A Different American Dream about environmental genocide on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and produced Lost in Lebanon about the Syrian refugee crisis. Her two award-winning shorts A System of Justice about death-row exoneree Glenn Ford and Native Silence about abuse of Native American women in the foster care system have played widely on the festival circuit.
ABOUT 3 Generations
3 Generations documents stories of human rights abuses through film. We enable survivors of crimes against humanity to record their experiences as an act of healing, a call to action and to create historical evidence. We amplify and honor each witness’s voice by creating broad audiences: film festivals, educational outreach, theatrical and community screenings, social media, partnerships, web-channels and more. Our goal is to influence the national dialogue and build momentum for social change. https://www.3generations.org/
About GIANT PICTURES
Giant Pictures is a boutique digital distributor based in NYC and Los Angeles, which is dedicated to elevating the digital experience. Working directly with filmmakers and rights owners, Giant distributes movies and TV shows to VOD & OTT platforms in North America and worldwide. Giant is a division of Giant Interactive, an award-winning digital media and technology services company, and is an iTunes Preferred aggregator and encoding house. Recent movie and documentary releases include: ‘306 Hollywood’ (Dir. Elan & Jonathan Bogarin, Sundance 2018), ‘Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.’ (Dir. Steve Loveridge, Sundance 2018), ‘Newness’ (Dir. Drake Doremus, starring Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Sundance 2017). Visit us at: https://www.giant.pictures/
About SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York – 7th edition
SRFF was founded in 2013 by actress/filmmaker Nora Armani in a response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling. SRFF is a non-profit 501(c)3 film festival whose mission is the promotion of filmmakers who produce socially relevant film content. Close to 350 films from 35 countries have been screened to date. Spokespersons of SR Socially Relevant Film Festival NY include Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Erin Brockovich, Martin Sheen, Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winner Robert Schenkkan, best-selling French novelist Marc Levy, Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award Winner Guy Davidi, American TV person and author Gretchen Carlson. http://www.ratedsrfilms.org/