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Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington

Director Riley Morton & Producers Jason Reid, Darren Lund, Nils Cowan, & Adam Brown scheduled to attend | June 6 & June 8

USA | 2013 | 86 minutes | Riley Morton

Intimate portraits of players in the 2012 campaign to legalize marijuana in Washington State power a thrilling account of the promises and risks of drug reforms.

June 6, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
9:30 PM Date has passed
June 8, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
12:00 PM Date has passed
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Set in the 2012 campaign season, this film follows ACLU activist Alison Holcomb, travel writer Rick Steves, politicians such as Pete Holmes, and law enforcement officials as they crusade for Initiative 502, a hardnosed plan to legalize marijuana in Washington State at the ballot box. Seattle-based director Riley Morton, whose mountaineering documentary, Found on Everest (2001), is the apex of many adventure films he shot abroad, stays close to home to document this fierce, local mêlée. Medical marijuana activists and criminal defense lawyers oppose the initiative, with its bitter pills designed to appease the mainstream swing voters. Morton and producer Nils Cowan are joined by Jason Reid, Darren Lund, and Adam Brown, the team behind Webby Award-winning Sonicsgate that chronicled the Sonics basketball team’s departure from Seattle in 2008. With intimate access to players on all sides, Evergreen delivers intimate portraits of Washingtonians as they, and thus the audience, experience the optimism, confrontation, and gaps between ideals and reality that emerge as voting day draws closer. These emotional contours heighten the story’s resonance with drug reform efforts in America and across the world; engaging its audience as witnesses to a truly historical moment.

Director Biography
Riley Morton directed Found on Everest (2001), which documents the highest rescue in history, and The Wonderland Project (2004), about an attempt to run a trail that circumnavigates Mt. Rainier in only 24 hours. Evergreen is his first major foray into the world of political documentary.

Sponsored in part by Underworld Tour, 4Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, KCTS 9 Reel NW, ACLU of Washington

Director: Riley Morton
Principal Cast: Rick Steves, Alison Holcomb, Pete Holmes, Vivian McPeak, Doug Hiatt
Premier Status: World
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 86 minutes
Producer: Riley Morton, Nils Cowan, Jason Reid
Screenplay: Nils Cowan
Cinematographers: Riley Morton
Editors: Darren Lund, Jason Reid
Music: John Low
Website: http://www.evergreendocumentary.com
Filmography: Debut Feature FIlm
Language: English
Format: HDCAM
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