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‘Rolling Papers’ film on legal pot in Colorado gets distribution deal

The film about Colorado's first year of legal marijuana and how journalists covered it gained a global distributor after its SXSW premiere

“Rolling Papers,” Mitch Dickman’s documentary about the dawn of legal marijuana in Colorado and The Denver Post’s coverage of the related cultural and business developments during the first year, has landed a worldwide distributor.


UPDATE (12:30 p.m. May 22, 2015): The film is making its Colorado debut at the Telluride Mountainfilm festival this weekend. There will be two screenings: 7 p.m. May 22 at High Camp; and 6:30 p.m. May 24 at the Sheridan Opera House.


Alchemy on Monday announced the deal after the film’s premiere at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

“‘Rolling Papers’ is a must-see documentary about how the media and society deal with the rapid cultural shift to marijuana legalization,” Alchemy CEO Bill Lee said. “The film couldn’t be more timely and we look forward to bringing it to a worldwide audience.”

The film will be released later this year.

It was produced by Britta Erickson, Daniel Junge, Karl Kister, Alison Greenberg-Millice and Katie Shapiro. Executive producers are Dave Berlin, Joni Eddy, Chad Troutwine and Walker Diebel.

“We are thrilled for this film to have found its home with Alchemy. Ricardo Baca‘s story will keep people interested in the already thought-provoking Colorado marijuana culture, and we’re happy to have played a part in letting everyone get behind the scenes of this modern cultural phenomenon,” Dickman told The Wrap, referring to Baca, who edits The Cannabist for the Post and is the world’s first marijuana editor.

This story was first published on DenverPost.com