Tag Archives: Wayne Clingman

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.

     

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

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!

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.

I am a bad bad man

Yesterday I committed a crime.

My crime was to post a statement on on Facebook (yes; the forum of understanding)  to respond to a post on issues getting cannabis in Wisconsin. I stated that we need to reach out to members of the GOP that can be educated on the benefits of medical cannabis to see how, by working together, we can get some type of medical cannabis passed in Wisconsin.

After all, industrial hemp passed both houses unanimously so I can only think that some members of the GOP have an understanding on cannabis now — or are at least open to learning more.

Well, I must have said something like I was going to burn houses down or drown kittens by the response I received. Mostly along the lines of “we” can never work with the GOP and to even think anyone could was 1000% evil, or worse.

I did not expect that. After all, I am told by those on the Left that they are willing to talk to and work with “anyone.” I am told that all the time. However, in practice, this seems to not be the case! Only those who are politically “pure” on all issues can be talked to — and, of course, since they are of pure/correct thought, no further education is needed.

Sadly, I had thought that after getting the industrial hemp law passed here perhaps Wisconsin was going to see others of all political types come together to see what we could do to move ahead on cannabis. I’m realizing now that this isn’t the case… Now, I’m thankful that we got industrial hemp passed at all!

Governor Walker is NOT going anywhere.Robin Vos, Speaker of the Assembly, leader of Wisconsin GOP, will be Governor after him. So unless other members of the GOP can be brought on board to show unity on the issue of cannabis, nothing will change since the Left here shows little (if any) interest in working with anyone who might not be “pure” of thought.

At least I know that, for the documentary, it will do me little good to reach out to that group for interviews or fact checking.

Very thankful that I will not have to.