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It Has FINALLY Begun!!

It Has FINALLY Begun!!

 

Yes! The film project we’ve been talking about for months is FINALLY under way!

 

Part One is the official Kickstarter, which you can find at http://canhempsavetheworld.com

 

On the Kickstarter page, you can read about the project, donate (please!), and view our teaser trailer to get a better understanding of the film itself.

 

Mr. Jason Love did a great job on the Kickstarter and – WOW! – the teaser trailer looks fantastic! His ability to nail the concept of industrial hemp, and how its use gradually fell away, is clearly shown.

 

In working with Mr. Love on this project, I’ve seen him go from work-for-hire to genuinely wanting to know more about how the use of hemp can positively impact his family (both now and in the years to come). Perhaps by clothes made from hemp grown, and then tailored, in the USA? Maybe plastic made from hemp – a far better option than plastics made from oil? His options are limitless, and it’s been wonderful to see him expand his knowledge; not just for this project, but in his personal life as well!

 

As for myself, I’ve been excited about the opportunities this project presents for me to do more for agriculture, American farmers, and average Americans who want to have a better impact on the environment.

 

However, we need YOUR help, via donations (thank you in advance!) and by your sharing the link! http://canhempsavetheworld.com Both elements (donations and shares) are critical to our success, and our team is very thankful for ANY help you can provide.

 

Updates will be posted on the Kickstarter page and the Great Hemp Tour Facebook page. We will also be doing an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) update on Periscope and Facebook Live – so stay tuned for those events, and get your questions ready!

 

With your help and God’s will, this project will be a reality very, very soon.

 

Let’s do this thing!

Wow! Begins in 4 days.

After many fits and false starts, the time has finally come!

It comes after the death of my mother (expected) and my daughter (not expected). After ideas thought of and discarded. Ideas tried, pitched, then canned as not workable.

It comes after a documentary on the Milwaukee Mob was successfully made, a demo reel was created, and a short film that few will ever see… But this is finally it.

I have found a creative team I trust and can work with: my great writing editor Ms. Tharp, and the famous Jason Love (Video Cool Dude).  So thankful to have found them.

Kickstarting the Documentary

Some successes (the Mob film) others not (the short film that I will not name) have led me to the point that I can say that on 7/4/18 the Kickstarter will go live! (Note: there might be a delay with the holiday since Kickstarter has to give an OK , but we hope a delay will not happen).

This Kickstarter will, of course, be posted here as will all updates. The team and I are counting on you to help, if only by sharing it with others.

I picked Independence Day to start the Kickstarter for I strongly feel that  industrial hemp will help many small farmers stay farming and stay independent of Big Corn (but that’s another topic all together).

Other News and Ponderings

What I found to be crazy is that someone I thought, due to her faith, would not like the project has been VERY helpful! Whereas another individual, who, I assumed, would, if not be interested, at least be able to help me to understand more regarding the human cost of the War on Drugs, has instead gone all Reefer Madness on the idea of legal cannabis and hemp. Its crazy! Then again, there’s a lot of money to be made by backing the War on Drugs… Disappointing and surprising, to say the least. But not discouraging as we still have plenty of great people on our side!

On other news: Ms. Tharp has picked up a full-time gig, so she might be delayed coming by here to fix up the posts on the blog — you have been warned!

In conclusion: Get ready for July the 4th!

It’s Go Time!! Let’s do this!

Delay Finds Greatness!

We had hoped to be ready with the crowdsourcing aspect of the documentary by the beginning of Hemp History Week  (starting June 4th); however, upon looking over what steps still need to be done, Jason Love and I thought “yes, we could get everything ready to have the effort launch on June 4th… but why not take the time to make the launch golden versus rush to get the effort done?”

After all, this is a very large scale documentary with content coming from around the country! Issues will occur and take time to fix.  Taking chances with mistakes not being caught is too great a risk.

So, as we set a new date for the launch, we quickly saw we had the opportunity to create an animation to not only increase engagement in the documentary but help break up the interviews and help explain the harder-to-grasp concepts. A very winning idea! 

Something else we can do is to gather more information to better show what industrial hemp means to the American farmer, as well as to the general economy. I think that this alone will blow your mind and convince many in government positions that the time to act to fix issues in industrial hemp is NOW. 

Mr. Love will use this added time to, we hope, pay a visit or two to…well…let’s just say the best spokesmen on the issue of hemp. 😉

We also have a new logo in the works! I’ve attached a preview below, though keep in mind that the text still has to be adjusted.

Stay tuned! More news coming soon.

     

It Has Begun!

Yesterday was the first full day of shooting for The Great Hemp Tour!

My editor, Jason Love, and I drove to Madison in quite the heavy rain storm (at times there was maybe 100 yards of visibility), and we ran a bit late; however, we eventually made it safely to our destination — where we interviewed  Sen. Patrick Testin of Wisconsin (of the 24 District).

Being that Sen. Testin was one of the leaders in introducing the bill that would bring industrial hemp back to Wisconsin after 70 some years is HUGE. In fact, the return of industrial hemp is one of (IMHO) the best events to impact farming in this state. It will bring in, in just a few short years, tens of millions — if not hundreds of millions — of dollars to the Badger State farmers. That is a great thing indeed!

The interview went on for about hour, and I learned a lot that I did not know.

I am thankful that Sen. Patrick Testin is on the job with industrial hemp. As he pointed out, they have hit a small bump with the Wisconsin Department of Justice as it comes to BCD oil; however, Sen. Testin told us that he believed that once the parties sat down and talked, all issues would be resolved. I was very happy to hear this.

Overall, this first interview went very very well.

What Happened Next?

Next up, Mr. Love and I spoke with Brian Kuhn of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, and head of the the Industrial Hemp Program within the Department of  Agriculture.

Mr. Kuhn was a rather interesting man to talk to about hemp, and the information he had was amazing! For one, the State had over 250 sign-ups for the program (by comparison, the State of MN had 8 in 2017). That’s a damn a huge number! The estimated number of acres to be planted is 2000 as of this time, and more information on the totals will be known in late June.

Mr.  Kuhn stated that the interest in hemp in Wisconsin was far more then he expected, and he highlighted the number of packed events, including the Milwaukee Hemp event (which was overwhelmed with the number of visitors!).

Kuhn went out of his way to ensure we understood that the State of Wisconsin Legislators opened this Hemp program as wide as they could as allowed by the Farm Bill of 2014.

Both men and I agree that the State of Kentucky should know and understand that we of the Badger State were once the number one or number two hemp state of the Union… Well, we are coming for our title again!

Great first day of the documentary shooting! More news to come soon. Stay tuned.

Cooking with Gas

We are setting a date and time to interview members of both the Wisconsin State Assembly and Senate for the documentary (shhh… we not going to tell you who quite yet!).

We are also planing to bring on a member of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture  to talk about the subject of the rising of industrial hemp in Wisconsin after 60+ years of being illegal to grow in this state — crazy in itself right?

The interviews should take us a few days to get on tape and edited, but I feel this is so needed to help the public understand what the process is like, and the mindset of the political leadership getting the job done.

When I talk to others more than once, I find out that how laws get made, even at the state level, is not well understood. This needs to be more highlighted.

The legislators we will be talking to have unique issues they are dealing with, especially when compared to, say, some of the general public that is only looking at cannabis use.  

The plan as of now is to visit one set in the AM then the other set in the PM. I was planning to get a talking head to do the interviews (due to my own slurred speech due to my stokes), but, after much thought, I’ve decided that the passion I bring to the interviews overcomes my speech issues! But, just to be on the safe side, we will use subtitles to be sure everyone can understand what is being said.

We are hoping to get this project rolling in late May 2018.

Keep Rocking!

What Will the Documentary Look Like?

Let’s go over what I am thinking the documentary series will look like so you’ll have a better understanding of what all will go into this.

We are looking at doing a YouTube series versus DVD or Amazon Prime since my experience from my mob film* (which you can see on this page) was that very few people will pay to see content since there is so much content you can see for free. Even 99 cents is too much for many to pay these days!

On YouTube, you can monetize the shows for about the same rate as Prime. And yet, for whatever reason, many will not use Prime to view a show yet they will watch the same show on YouTube. No idea why! That’s just been my experience. (I’d love to get your ideas on why).

Anyway, if we look at what would have been a DVD with a run time of about 60 minutes as a “season,” this is what we have:

Season 1

Return of Industrial Hemp to Wisconsin:

  • The history of industrial hemp in Wisconsin
  • The removal of hemp from Wisconsin agriculture
  • The Return of  industrial hemp to Wisconsin
  • Economic impact

Season 2

The Promise Medical Cannabis:

  • Known treatments
  • CBD oil as a cancer treatment
  • Cannabis use in opioid addiction treatment
  • Future possibilities

We will go out of the way to ensure that all who watch know that THEY NEED TO TALK TO THEIR DOCTOR!

Season 3

Promise and Pitfalls:

  • Economic boom in legal states
  • Medical research
  • Cannabis millionaires
  • Penny stock frauds
  • Quack cures
  • Issues to overcome in banking

We’re hoping to get any type of fund drive going at the start of Hemp History Week, with pre-production completed in mid July 2018, and the shows going up on YouTube in August 2018.

I estimate that the cost of this production will be between $8,000 and $15,000.

Understanding how the project will make the money back is important, but that will be for another post.

Until next time.

 

*Note: The mob documentary may be sold soon. If so, it will only be available via Amazon Prime. Watch it for free while you can!

Needed: Broadcast Journalists

I was thinking to have actors do interviews, but then I realized I would likely have to educate them on cannabis and perhaps even how state governments work…

I realized it may be better to use an actual broadcast journalist for the projects I have in mind (or even agricultural journalists who may have that as a base). This way, I can do pre-production activities that do not include Agriculture 101 Training for actors.

I also believe that a legitimate broadcast journalist would not only do a great job, but they would bring a special brand of passion to the production — versus “acting” (where we can all tell the passion is faked). I want to stay away from falsified interest.

Not only should this journalist grab our viewers’ attention and keep them focused on the production, but we’re looking to get the audience engaged enough to buy stickers and other bling we will be selling in order to fund the effort.

Industrial hemp will be the first topic covered in the series — helping the audience to understand how plants grow, and perhaps explaining some simple terms. We’ll also be discussing how hemp influenced us historically in the past, as many still believe it was a threat to cotton and timber. (This is why I’d prefer to get someone with an agricultural background of some sort).

Our “Talking Head” should be far more than just a pretty face. They must be able to convey an interest that is not faked and is very much from the heart.

If you think you could fill this role, or have a recommendation for someone who could, contact me at wclingman@wi.rr.com or message me on Twitter @greathemptour

The purpose of the Documentary

What is the purpose of the documentary?

Easy. It’s meant to educate the masses on the subjects of industrial hemp and cannabis.

Too many far more intelligent people then I am have no real clue when it comes to cannabis education. And, worse, believe the lies they were told by others. I don’t blame them — at one time I trusted those liars too!

My idea is that by providing an education in a fun, non-threatening way, we can bring about a change of thinking and, I hope, gain more supporters to use hemp-based products and bring full legalization of cannabis to America.

In the film, we will discuss how many states have legalized hemp — focusing on the State of Wisconsin, where, just a few years ago, the law could not get a hearing passed…but is now being passed into law with bi-partisan support. We investigate this journey, going into details about how it all went down.

We will also show how far the idea of cannabis has come as a treatment for illnesses (from cancer to PTSD). Not long ago, this idea was dismissed out of hand. Now, more and more research is showing that cannabis is indeed a life saver. We’re going to focus on how cannabis continues to make a huge positive difference — from the very young to the very old — for the population in America.

We will also take a look at the billions being made on cannabis in the states where it is legal to grow and consume. This portion of the documentary will also look at the uses for cannabis how the legal states are putting their new taxes to use. This section will also take a look at my favorite subject: the new cannabis millionaires, and how cities like Bolder are changing.

We have a lot of interesting stories to tell. This project is going to be crazy fun! Stay tuned.