Lady Buds

Includes Q&A

No Longer Available

Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Persister
Film Subjects:American Culture & Issues
Capitalism & Big Business
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Chris J. Russo
Producer(s):Michael J. Katz
Christian Bruno
Executive Producer(s):Shauna Harden
Writer(s):Chris J. Russo
Tamara Maloney
Editor(s):Tamara Maloney
J. Davis
Cinematography:Christian Bruno


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Persister: Women speaking up and being heard

When California decriminalized the recreational use of cannabis and began issuing licenses for canna-businesses, entrepreneurs inhaled the possibilities of a newly legalized market. Even the underground pioneers who had built the industry could now turn "legit." Filmmaker Chris J. Russo follows six women, both new and legacy players, as they hang their shingles in this wild green west. What begins as a fascinating look at a diverse group of entrepreneurial women—including a Latinx LGBTQ activist, mompreneur family farmers, the original "Bud Sisters" and even an elderly Black retired school principal—quickly becomes a window into a troubling new intersection of social inequality and racialized access. Corporate mega-grows displace artisanal independents and excessive regulations aren't applied equally to marginalized groups. Watch what happens when American greed bogarts one of the world's most healing and compassionate plants. Myrocia Watamaniuk

On Thursday, May 6 at 7:20 ET (4:20 PT) join the Lady Buds team for a Facebook Live Q&A.

Persister program presented in partnership with Oxfam Canada
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