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Culture High

The documentary that was never supposed to be will be released in September.

Kelowna film producer Adam Scorgie is ready to release the sequel to 'The Union,' a highly successful documentary on the business of getting high.

'The Culture High' will be 90 per cent complete by the end of May. Scorgie hopes it will make its theatrical debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September.

Scorgie says it's a film that fans demanded.

"We didn't want to do another drug documentary after 'The Union.' We felt we had done enough with the first film," Scorgie said recently from his office in Edmonton.

"There's a global shift happening and we had so many people email us and message us and contact us through social media saying, 'you gotta do another one'."

This film was completely fan driven said Scorgie, who was able to raise nearly $250,000 in just 42 days through the crowdfunding website, Kickstarter.

"It shows there is an audience that really wanted us to do this," he said.

"We have continued to stay up to date with things. Its (funding) allowed us to sit down with people like Sir Richard Branson, the former drug czar of the European Union, Mike Trace, and Snoop Dog."

'The Union' (a term for the BC underground market) focuses mainly on the underground marijuana market.

"With 'The Culture High' we are looking at the global cultural shift that is starting to take place and how people view drug laws, particularly cannabis laws," said Scorgie.

"It's changing around the world fast and one of the main reasons for that is access to information that wasn't there a decade ago. Access to information has evened the playing field."

He points to countries like Uruguay which, in December 2013, fully legalized the production and sale of marijuana, and  Portugal which decriminalized all drugs a decade ago.

Scorgie says 'The Culture High' looks at those countries as well as what is going on throughout Europe, plus Washington State and Colorado.

"Whatever changes are going to come to drug cultures, whether it's in Canada, the United States or Europe, every country has to figure out their own model -- what would work best for them."

For instance, he said Canada seems to have taken a step backwards by trying to give everything to pharmaceutical companies instead of having a middle ground.

"The one thing that is unanimous in all of them is that the current drug policies in place are not working and more changes are needed -- quickly."

As with 'The Union', Scorgie said they are trying not to come to any conclusions.

"We always like to leave it up to the audience to make their own informed decision.

A great documentary doesn't try to give you the answer. It tries to give you a door to go find your own answer based on the information you provide yourself."

Scorgie hopes to debut 'The Culture High' at TIFF with a full roll out after that.

He hopes for a limited theatrical release after what he calls a very limited festival run.

"Of course there is going to be a big red carpet premiere in Kelowna. That's 100 per cent. That's mandatory in my deal with my distributor," said Scorgie.

He expects that to happen in late September or early October.

"I know it's going to be a special film. We have seen it affect our crew - it's affected us," said Scorgie.

"We've been fortunate to sit down with the right people."

 

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