The Center to host the NorCal premiere of ‘La Vie en Verte: The WAMM Movie’ |

The Center to host the NorCal premiere of ‘La Vie en Verte: The WAMM Movie’

Special to The Union

The Center for the Arts and ForAi Productions team up Sunday to present the Northern California premier of “La Vie en Verte: The WAMM Movie” an award-winning documentary by Nevada County filmmakers Charles Hall and Bevin Bell-Hall at The Center Stage in Grass Valley. There will be two screenings and events happening throughout the day.

“La Vie en Verte” is French for “Life in Green” and represents the outlook of the members of the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM). Founded 17 years ago WAMM has been dubbed the “Gold Standard” for medical marijuana distribution by the ACLU. In La Vie en Verte, WAMM members share their tragedies and triumphs as they confront illness, fight the federal government, face end of life with dignity and celebration and demonstrate the healing potential of collective compassion. Shot over four years in Santa Cruz, La Vie en Verte portrays the world through WAMM’s lenses.

La Vie en Verte won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at this year’s Santa Cruz Film Festival. Audiences were moved to laughter and tears and eagerly participated in Q and A after the screening on topics ranging from medical marijuana, caregiving and health care to the Tax and Regulate voter initiative Proposition 19.

The Halls and CFA plan to bring the same rich audience experience to residents of Nevada County. The film will screen at 1 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Each screening will be followed by question and answer periods with the directors and personalities from the film and a gala reception at the end of the evening.

“It is exciting to share this film with our hometown community,” filmmaker Charlie Hall, a 1996 graduate of Sierra Mountain High School, says. “Proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will be used to pay off our talented and patient creative contributors first and everything else goes towards screening in more California towns and also taking the film to Arizona where they are voting for their access to medical marijuana this November.”

“This film has been and will continue to be a grassroots project with a highly-debated subject matter,” says filmmaker Bevin Bell-Hall, who graduated from Nevada Union in 2001. “To make it we relied on a lot of volunteer time and small donations from friends and family and now we strive to expand that support base as we screen the film to communities and groups that have a need or desire for it. We believe strongly in the film and its message, and our amazing group of supporters believe in it as well.”

The film’s sound editor is Nevada County composer, producer and performer, Mikail Graham. Mikail has family roots in Nevada City dating back to 1849. Mikail is also the resident soundman at The Center for the Arts and will be setting up and running sound during the events surrounding the screenings.

Filmmakers Charles and Bevin currently reside in Nevada County. Charles volunteers in Nevada City as a videographer and editor for Birth and Early Parenting Educators and as archivist for Hospitality House.

Bevin is a director and a drama, musical theatre and dance instructor and an Elly-nominated actress who has performed throughout Central and Northern California. They are both volunteers and supporters of WAMM and continue to coordinate and stage manage WAMMFest, an annual Music Festival held in Santa Cruz each September.

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