Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge and other female “ganjaprenuers” show how legal cannabis is not only an industry, but also a movement of dedicated, pioneering “Puffragettes™”.
Mary Jane’s: The Women of Weed is an independent film done by director Windy Borman, and has been acclaimed as “the most important cannabis film of our time” by Dope Magazine and the "#1 documentary of the year" by Celeb Stoner. Later this month, The Weed Blog, alongside Tokeativity ® and Soveda, will help kick off the 4/20 weekend and host the Portland Premiere of this film.
The premiere in Portland, Oregon will be on Wednesday, April 18th at Clinton Street Theater at 7:00pm. A pre-screening panel begins at 6:30pm. The film features a powerful interview from Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge.
“Growing up in Oregon, I had visions of making films”, said Director/Producer Windy Borman. “After graduating from the University of Oregon, I worked in New York, San Francisco and LA, but directing a film about women leading the cannabis industry gave me an opportunity to return home and highlight the women building corporate responsibility into the cannabis industry.”
Borman filmed over 40 women for Mary Janes, including three Oregonians: Madeline Martinez, Leah Maurer and Sara Batterby. The Portland screening hosts shared a collective statement of support for the film. "As strong, independent women spearheading action in the cannabis industry, we find it absolutely critical to promote and highlight other women doing remarkable work. For this reason we did not hesitate once to push the wheel forward for Windy's vision and the opportunity to launch Mary Janes: The Women of Weed in Portland, Oregon."
Gender parity and cannabis take center stage in Mary Janes: The Women of Weed. “Geena Davis says, ‘If you can see it, you can be it,’ so seeing diverse women on camera is important to show women there are opportunities for them,” says Borman. "We also know that diverse teams are more successful, so having a gender balanced team of filmmakers behind the camera was equally important. We each brought unique perspectives to the project and the intersection created a powerful fusion that included gender parity, social justice and environmental sustainability as our core values."
Borman moved to Colorado in 2014, right when adult use of cannabis became legal. Originally a cannabis outsider, she became intrigued by the cannabis industry when she learned that women represented 36% of senior leadership in cannabis. The national average is 22%, so what was it about cannabis that was attracting female entrepreneurs? She set out to answer this question by interviewing over 40 women across the United States. By looking at the intersection of gender parity, social justice, and environmental sustainability, Borman explores how cannabis is not only an industry, but also a movement of dedicated and pioneering women she calls “Puffragettes™” (as in Pot + Suffragette).
Mary Janes: The Women of Weed explores the movement to end marijuana prohibition and Borman’s own assumptions about the plant. Through a series of empowering and educational interviews with the industry’s “women of weed”, Windy discovers cannabis liberation intersects with the most urgent social justice issues of our time. She learns how this green revolution has big effects on environmental sustainability, ending the War on Drugs and the Prison-Industrial Complex, and the destructive domination of Big Pharma.
The film, which is Borman’s third documentary, premiered at film festivals in October 2017, the same time news broke about Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment and abuse. “There have been socially conscious filmmakers, who have spoken out against the abuse and the cover ups in the film industry for decades” says Borman. “The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements finally give women a megaphone instead of a walkie talkie."
Women are changing the face of today’s fastest growing industry - cannabis. Join us as we discover how they’re also changing the world.
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About MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED:
Women are changing the face of today’s fastest growing industry - cannabis. Join filmmaker Windy Borman as she explores the movement to end marijuana prohibition, her own relationship to the plant, and the stereotypes surrounding it. Through a series of empowering and educational interviews with a broad diversity of women leading the industry today, Windy’s own assumptions are transformed as she discovers cannabis liberation intersects with the most urgent social justice issues of our time. She learns how this green revolution has big effects on environmental sustainability, ending the War on Drugs and the Prison-Industrial Complex, and the destructive domination of Big Pharma.
About Producer / Writer / Director Windy Borman
Windy Borman, MST, is a multi-award-winning film Director and Producer, as well as the founder of DVA Productions. Her recent projects include directing and producing the 10-time award-winning film, “The Eyes of Thailand” (narrated by Ashley Judd), and producing “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia”, which premiered at Sundance and on HBO. Other credits include producing performances for Dr. Maya Angelou and Margaret Cho, directing “The Vagina Monologues”, and writing for Kindland, Takepart.com and Indiewire: Women and Hollywood.