The Illinois premiere of the documentary Frenchy Dreams of Hashish, directed by Jake Remington and produced by Collabo, is scheduled for September 23. ChiTown Movies, located at 2343 South Throop Street in the Pilsen Neighborhood, will premiere the documentary that night at dark. Tickets for the “double feature” can be purchased here.
For those unfamiliar with Frenchy Cannoli, who passed away a little more than a year ago, the California-based teacher was famed master hashishin, as well as a consultant, artisan, and activist dedicated to the production and appreciation of traditional cannabis concentrates.
“The intention of the film is to highlight the ethos of sustainable farming and dedication to quality sun-grown cannabis shared by Frenchy and his farmers. During filming, California’s cannabis industry experienced waves of change that negatively affected and threatened the livelihood of the small farmers Frenchy worked with,” said Remington. “This maelstrom of bureaucracy and hypocrisy forms the context of the film in which Frenchy and the farmers’ fight for quality—and survival—intensified. Unfortunately, the mistreatment of small cannabis farmers is still happening today, and, with the release of this documentary, we hope to bring awareness and change to the situation.”
Twenty percent of proceeds from all screenings of the film in theaters and online will be donated to the Origins Council, a nonprofit advocacy association that serves 900 licensed small and independent cannabis businesses in six legacy-producing counties throughout California. Origins Council in turn will use the money to support projects with the Lost Coast Farmers’ Guild of Humboldt County to research and develop the Guild’s petition to establish one of the first legally recognized cannabis appellations in the world.
Frenchy Cannoli Foundation and cannabis activist Kimberly Hooks, widow of Frenchy Cannoli, are actually hosting two events in Illinois to further the pursuit of the initiatives about which Frenchy was so passionate. The first is the Illinois premiere of the documentary Frenchy Dreams of Hashish. The second is the “Lost Art of the Hashishin” workshop.
Aroma Grow Store, which specializes in indoor gardening, organic gardening, micro greens, and sustainable living, will host the “Lost Art of the Hashishin” all-day workshop Saturday, September 24. The Frenchy Cannoli Foundation and Frenchy Cannoli’s apprentice Belle will conduct one of the most distinctive and unique education cannabis workshops Illinois will probably ever see.
The workshop participants are scheduled to spend the day learning the ancient technique of sieving but with a modern twist of using an inexpensive mini-washer. The workshop includes lectures about the science behind the process, a live demo, lunch, and lesson on process of pressing, storing, and aging. Tickets for this once in a lifetime event are selling fast and space is filling up. Tickets can be purchased here.
The event starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The workshop is scheduled for a centrally located facility in Wheeling, Illinois. Exact location details will be provided to workshop participants two days before the event. Participants must be 21 years or older with valid ID. Tickets are not refundable, so please plan accordingly.
Frenchy Cannoli’s apprentice Belle, who lived and worked with Frenchy for more than seven years, and cannabis activist Kimberly Hooks, widow of Frenchy Cannoli, are continuing Frenchy’s educational legacy through teaching his “Lost Art of the Hashishin” workshop. During his lifetime, Frenchy taught his “Lost Art of the Hashishin” seminars to thousands of aspiring concentrate makers. He likewise pushed for broader post-legalization public education.
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