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Square Grouper: The Godfathers of GanjaSpotlight Premieres
D: Billy Corben
Florida true-crime wunderkind Billy Corben (Raw Deal: A Question of Consent, Cocaine Cowboys) returns a bit older, perhaps wiser, and we bet richer, to train his sun-kissed spotlight on a more melllllooow yet still outlaw topic. This polished, basic-cable-ready doc shotguns the romance of Seventies pot smuggling into three vignettes: the Coptic Church, a SoFla sect of (mostly white?) ganja-toking fundamentalists; the Black Tuna Gang, middle-class Miami suburbanites who got rolled up in one of the DEA/FBI's biggest headline-grabbing stings; and the entire municipality of Everglades City, a close-knit (French for "in-bred") fishing village/smuggling hotbed, located on the Gulf Coast side of the famous swamp. Corben's band provides some of the appropriately lulling Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett-y tunage as the film mimics the effects of the herb it profiles – unchallenging yet lovely cinematography enhances narrative delivered by talking head after talking head (and photos and mainstream news broadcasts) which curiously ... ummm, what was I saying?
Thursday, March 17, 4pm, Westgate; Friday, March 18, 10pm, Vimeo
Monica Riese, Fri., May 17, 2013
Kimberley Jones, Fri., May 17, 2013
Leah Churner, Fri., May 17, 2013
Richard Whittaker, Fri., May 17, 2013
Joey Keeton, Fri., May 17, 2013
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