March 25

World Premiere**“LADY BUDS” Official Selection – 2021 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

**World Premiere**“LADY BUDS”
Official Selection – 2021 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

LADY BUDS**World Premiere**
Official Selection – 2021 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Fe
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Director:Chris J. Russo  
Synopsis:  Following the widely praised 2016 decision to legalize cannabis in California, six courageous women emerge from the shadows to enter the new commercial industry. As farmers, entrepreneurs and activists, these modern-day pioneers find their initial optimism is quickly replaced with uncertainty and fear as the new legislation favors deep pocketed corporations. Those who shaped the foundations of the cannabis industry for decades soon find themselves struggling to fight for their piece of the American Dream in a market they helped create.
LADY BUDS features second-generation cannabis farmer Chiah Rodriques, 72-year old African-American retired Catholic school principal turned dispensary owner Sue Taylor, Latinx queer activist Felicia Carbajal, serial entrepreneur Karyn Wagner, and Humboldt elders The Bud Sisters. Their stories speak to the many opportunities and issues facing commercial cannabis today: the complicated dynamics of raising a family on a cannabis farm, the ongoing fight for those adversely affected by the War on Drugs, educating seniors citizens about the healing power of cannabis, and honoring the LGBTQ activists who fought for legalizing medical marijuana over 25 years ago.
At every turn these trailblazers defy stereotypes, while revealing that cannabis is much more than a plant, it’s a community.
In her feature debut, award-winning filmmaker Chris J. Russo offers an insightful journey into the lives and work of the women who are the backbone of the cannabis culture in California. Their struggles and triumphs paint a picture of an industry in flux as it grapples with preserving its storied heritage while looking toward the future.
Run Time:
96 minutes Talent Available:  Director Chris J. Russo and subjects Chiah Rodriques and Sue Taylor. Sales Contact: CAA Social Media:www.ladybudsmovie.com
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