Industrial hemp documentary “Bringing It Home” to screen at Adams State

(10-12-2015)

The recent Farm Bill provision for hemp research and pilot programs has sparked national media awareness and conversation about hemp. But what's preventing the U.S. from fully joining 31 other industrialized nations that allow its farmers to grow this beneficial crop?

A screening of the award-winning documentary film "Bringing It Home" will be hosted by the Southern Colorado Film Festival at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, in the Adams State University Art Department room 227, located in Alamosa, Colo. Admission is $5. This screening is sponsored by Adams State's Common Reading Experience.

In 2013 twenty-one states introduced industrial hemp legislation, but current federal policy still places a barrier on production. More industrial hemp fiber, seed and oil is exported to the U.S. than to any other country and American consumers are purchasing over $500 million in hemp products annually. Bringing It Home explores the question of why a crop with so many widespread benefits cannot be farmed in the United States by exploring its history, industries and current farming legalization efforts.

Filmmakers Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson were inspired by environmentally-conscious home designer Anthony Brenner's story to find the healthiest building material available to build a safe indoor environment for his young daughter Bailey, who has a sensitivity to synthetic chemicals. Brenner received national media attention when he and Hemp Technologies completed "America's First Hemp House" for the former mayor of Asheville, North Carolina. Booker and Johnson tell the story of hemp through animation, archival images and footage they filmed with hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs like Brenner in England, Spain, Washington D.C., California and North Carolina.

The Southern Colorado Film Festival is hosting the film as part of its mission to facilitate communication and enrich the spirit and culture of the San Luis Valley through the medium of independent film. "Bringing It Home" will cap off the Southern Colorado Film Festival, which will be bringing a wide variety of independent films on a number of subjects to the San Luis Valley from October 15 through the 18. The festival will start, with the opening feature and reception, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Adams State's Richardson Hall Auditorium. Screenings will continue at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. every day from October 16 through October 18 in Adams State's Art Department room 227.

For more information about the Southern Colorado Film Festival, including ticketing and the full schedule, see Southern Colorado Film Festival. For more information about the film go to Bringing It Home.