Area couple’s film on state’s 1st medi-pot collective to debut |

Area couple’s film on state’s 1st medi-pot collective to debut

For five years, Nevada County filmmakers Charlie and Bevin Hall have been documenting the trials and tribulations of California’s first medical marijuana collective.

With the help of Nevada City music promoter Mikail Graham as their sound man, the Halls expect to premiere their first feature length documentary, “La Vie en Verte: The WAMM Movie,” at the ninth annual Santa Cruz Film Festival in May.

“La Vie en Verte” is French for “Life in Green.” WAMM is the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, created 17 years ago after Proposition 215 passed in California, allowing people to use pot for medicinal purposes.

Today, the Halls will be in Santa Cruz for a party kicking off publicity for the film festival, set for early May. The party and benefit auction is at 7 p.m. today at Mill Gallery, 131 Front St., downtown Santa Cruz. A preview of their film will be screened at the party; tickets to the event are $10.

Charlie Hall graduated from Sierra Mountain High School in 1996, and Bevin Hall graduated from Nevada Union High School in 2001.

They were drawn to their subject when WAMM co-founder Valerie Corral expressed the collective’s mission as “less about marijuana and more about end of life,” Charlie Hall said. “It was about looking at the health care model in a different way.”

Collective members raise and process their own marijuana, providing safe and legal medicine in a supportive environment, he added.

“There’s no narration (in the film). We’re just out there with the weekly meetings, in their garden,” Hall said.

The couple plans to submit “La Vie en Verte” to the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, hosted every January in Nevada City by the South Yuba River Citizens League, Hall said. Before that, they plan to take the 95-minute film on the road this fall to screen in the 18 states with medical marijuana and marijuana decriminalization measures on the ballot this November.

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