Stoner Cinema - Virtual Class

Stoner Cinema

September 29, 2021


We will look at the origins of the “stoner film”—from early cinema through modern cannabis-infused comedies—and the impact of marijuana on visual storytelling. Taught by John Trafton.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
7:00–9:00pm PT
$25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 SIFF Member
Presented via Zoom Webinar. Zoom meeting details will be emailed to ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event.


Dude! Have you ever noticed that … wait for it … being stoned and watching movies go hand-in-hand? This has been true long before the psychedelic '60s. Movies interact with our subconscious. Film editing has always played around with our sense of time. Innovations in cinematography have always experimented with space and perception. And, of course, let’s not forget the impact of popular music on filmmaking—including and especially music inspired by “sweet Mary Jane.”

In this class, we will look at the origins of the “stoner film” and the impact of marijuana on visual storytelling. We will laugh uncontrollably at cannabis comedies like The Big Lebowski, Cheech and Chong films, and the adventures of Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob. We will find enlightenment … maybe … in films like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Easy Rider, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. And we will feel the music in movies like Fantasia, Woodstock, and Babylon.


All are welcome! Registrants are not required to view any films in advance of the class. There may be clips from films presented during the classtime. 


John Trafton teaches film studies at Seattle University and is the author of "The American Civil War and The Hollywood War Film." Visit his website.