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And there I was

This will be a far longer post then I have done in the past. My editor, Ms. Tharp, will not be happy but I am thankful to have her help. [Editor’s note: I’m always happy to help Wayne!]

The reason why I feel the need to speak out more than usual is easy to explain: After doing numerous tests on Twitter and Facebook, I found that most of my “Engagements”  were bots. Yes, bots… In other words, the “people” I thought would be interested in what I had to offer were not, and could not be relied on.

How could I possibly take any action while knowing I had very little — if any — support to help in ether funding the project or spending even $0.99 to watch the film? After all, actors needed to be paid, food needed to be bought, editors must be compensated, and paid-for stock photos were needed…

Needless to say, I was very upset. I thought that the idea of The Great Hemp Tour was a great idea! But now? Maybe it’s up to someone else to do it.

With my film on the Milwaukee Mafia actually getting done (thanks to the support of real people, not bots), I’m starting to realize my passions may be better served on that project (and its related projects). I’ve been considering just ending everything on The Great Hemp Tour. Perhaps I’ll sell the domain name and just continue on with with my mob history projects.

Oh, and if you’d like to watch my first mob documentary, you can view it below:

( See? PROOF that I have the ability to not only finish projects, but do them well!)

And life went on…

I learned how to get projects on Amazon Prime and how the math works to get paid (you do not), and the same with YouTube (you can).

My Films got into a few Film Fests as well!

And life went on.

Looking to do other mob projects for YouTube, I held a casting call in Kenosha last Saturday. I thought I could find a few actors to use on future YouTube shows on the mob; however, little did I know the call would be attended by so few…

Since there were only a couple of us in attendance, I invited the actors to stay and hang out. It was the best thing I could have done!

Among the actors, I found a woman who has written a book (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) on cannabis use and etiquette. She’s currently looking to get back into acting and interested in helping to move cannabis forward.

Another woman, working in aromatherapy and as an herbalist, shared her knowledge on the many uses for cannabis and hemp in herbal settings (wow — what a resource!).

Then we found someone who lives in Madison who was very good at helping others to feel at ease and has the ability to get others to open up and keep talking — the perfect person you would want on camera conducting interviews! She would be key in helping to set up interviews, be it a “(wo)man on the street” sort of thing or talking to State political leaders on the subjects of hemp and cannabis.

Dismiss me as a fool, if you like, but this all seems a little TOO perfect. So the question is:

Is this God giving me a sign to continue The Great Hemp Tour?

How does one know the will of God?

A burning bush would be cool!

A phone call would also be nice (but that’s not going to happen).

I wish I knew for sure, but all of these factors coming together certainly feels like a “sign” to me!

I’ll be doing a lot of thinking on this. As well as looking into steps on how to further explore and gauge interest on social media (I’m so tired of getting played by bots!).

Maybe YOU can give me a sign as well? Reach out to me. Tell me if any of this is of interest to you! You can connect with me on Twitter @GreatHempTour and send me a message.

Is The Great Hemp Tour worth saving? Should I continue with my plans for it?

I’m listening.

My Fellow Team Member

As with any great project, we have a team!

This team, for the series of industrial hemp cannabis documentaries,  is made up of individuals who will create a documentary series second-to-none when it comes to the media, the research, and making sure the best product is created to ensure YOUR questions are answered in an interesting and engaging way.

We seek to educate, not browbeat. We aim to shine a light not to feed the BS (there is far too much of that now!). And we plan to have fun doing so.

So who is the other member of the team?

Jason Love!!

Mr. Love lives in Stutervant, WI, is a father of two, and is one of the best stage magicians going. Thanks to his magic, he has been on late night talk shows and preformed across the Midwest.

Jason also teaches animation/ film-making to local high schoolers as well as STEAM via the county extension program.

He is also very active on YouTube  helping to educate on Autism.

I have gotten to know Mr. Love from our work on our Milwaukee Mob documentary released Via VIMEO PPV. This documentary, The Milwaukee Mafia: Frank Balistrieri, will be showing opening night at this year’s Midwest Weirdfest to be held 3/9 – 3/11 in Eau Claire, WI  http://www.midwestweirdfest.com/  

The link to the PPV for the Mob Documentary can be found here: http://vimeo.com/252175820

Jason Love was also a big part of my demo reel, as you can see here:   https://vimeo.com/242812569 

I can not think of anyone more skilled in film-making to be part of this team. Welcome, Jason Love!

And the Wheel Turns

The restart of planning The Great Hemp Tour has much to do with events that are helping this project go forward, both in my state and in my personal life.

First off…

Wisconsin Loves Hemp!

The State of Wisconsin passed into law industrial  hemp — allowing farmers in the Badger State to resume the growing of hemp after about 70 years of not being able to do so.

To think that two years ago the law could not even get a hearing, and now it passed in both Houses unanimously! The Governor signing this into law is incredible — showing me that something is going on in the area of cannabis and hemp not only in Wisconsin but other states as well.

These actions give me hope that we will see more in Wisconsin! That’s just great.

I Have a Team!

I am just one man, and no one man can do everything on his own. It is for this reason that I’ve gathered together — and am very fortunate to have — a super team.

In time, I will post their bios here so you have the opportunity to know them as I have come to know them. In the meantime, here’s a brief rundown:

  • Lauren Tharp  the hard-working editor of this blog and will be the copywriter for official documents coming out from The Great Hemp Tour.
  • Jason Love is the DP of the Great Hemp Tour.

I could not be doing the Tour without them.

Fantastic things are on the way. Stay tuned!

We are indeed trouble

So as you know I am looking doing a Roku as not only as a platform to educate on Cannabis/Hemp  but to provide entertainment to those coming to the channel.

The entertainment be in the form of more ” Underground” low budget Indy films that so many fans of Cannabis seem to be and you may know as I am.

To find the best Underground films I can, I with a team of like minded film types will start an On Line Film Fest called Bare Bones Film Fest an on line fest,  some film makers will be offered a chance to be “picked up” by The Great Hemp Tour to shown on that Roku Channel.

This will allow film makers to monetize films they have made as well get the work in front of a large audience, a good thing when so many low budget Indy films never get a chance to be seen, worse some film makers that do get films “picked up”  sadly get taken advantage of therefor may not receive monies owed them.

With my understanding on how Roku works transparency is close to full, payments can be properly made trust in the Channel,the Fest, and myself created.

Great things all around.

One of the major issues I have has was how to create a revenue stream to fund keeping this site up and start more actions for THe Great Hemp Tour.

The plan is to have the Bare Bones Film Fest up and running by the first few days in March.

Stay Tuned!

Stoners vs Zombies WTF?

Stoners vs Zombies!!

So the idea of doing some type of Film project combining two subjects like in this case Hemp and Lucha style fighting been on my mind for some time.

So this came about after my show with Grace Asher on my  Podcast Indy Film Wisconsin then seeing all her fans just go nuts downloading the show saying great things about her being on, nothing rocks more then a fan base seeking to engage! Very very cool!

Then add the fact that the States of Kentucky Tennessee have both working with the growing of Industrial Hemp (I think the number of States doing this is 4 to 6) add to that that I know great folks in that area doing Media work with again a great fan base both in Film/TV Production + Promoting Lucha  but how can I best use that.

My first idea Wild Bunch meeting Lucha  was a nonstarter, milling ideas about had a Hater of Hemp tell me that anyone smoking Cannabis at all is just going to become a Zombie …. A Zombie …… A Zombie …..


You might know that I am a huge fan of Agriculture fighting with others on subjects such as what is in your food, why we can’t know what is in the food we eat


Got the Domain

Going to be fun and a blast