Guns and Weed: The Road to Freedom

Guns and Weed: The Road to Freedom

Guns and Weed: The Road To Freedom

directed by Michael W Dean and Neema Vedadi

starring Debra Jean Dean, Michael W Dean and Neema Vedadi

MVD Visual

Here’s the short version of this film: you have the legal right to own very large guns and shoot them at tin cans in the desert, and you have the moral right to ingest whatever you want, especially medical marijuana. And there’s a corollary: A person with a gun is a citizen, and person without a gun is a peasant. Dopers and rednecks, Unite!

Sounding a bit like a libertarian talk radio show, this piece of agitprop doesn’t exactly build a case for its position so much as repeat it over and over again. Supporting arguments are ignored, and the viewpoints are about as balanced as a Michael Moore documentary. What makes this lecture bearable is it’s a very funny lecture. Mr. Vedadi doesn’t rap well, but the sight of a large South Asian man in a tight suit acting all Gansta is pretty funny. The gun shooting sequences show how badass the gun owners are, although it’s not clear how they would fare if confronted with equivalent fire power on a level field. The pot segments show gorgeous, carefully trimmed buds in a Colorado dispensary tended by very happy people, cool looking hydroponics, and angry sick citizens who were unable to get prescriptions. Skits with cheesy effects and sarcastic parody news reports pop up, and while this film never veers off its path, it bounces along like a Saturday Night Live skit that admits it lights up.

This is an ultra-low-budget project, but what funds were spent show what you can do these days with a cheap camcorder and an open-source editing suite. The people on screen are interesting and engaging, the effects are slightly cheesy but never annoying, and the message is strident yet unlikely to convince Obama (much less any Republican) to lighten up on the ganja patrol.

Guns and Weed: www.gunsandweed.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    So It Is (Legacy). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017
    From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017

    For the twelfth year, the South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) in Los Angeles showcased an impressive lineup of new features and shorts. Lily and Generoso Fierro provide a festival wrap up and their picks for the films that you cannot miss.

  • Justin Townes Earle
    Justin Townes Earle

    Kids In The Street (New West Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Christian Scott
    Christian Scott

    Rebel Ruler (Ropeadope / Stretch Music). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Kivanç Sezer
    Kivanç Sezer

    Turkish director Kivanç Sezer’s powerful debut feature, My Father’s Wings, puts the spotlight on the workplace safety crisis that is currently taking place in his homeland. Lily and Generoso Fierro spoke with Sezer at SEEFest 2017 about his film and his need to draw attention to this issue.

  • Temples
    Temples

    Supporting their just-released sophomore record, UK synth-pop poster boys, Temples, attracted an SRO crowd to one of Orlando’s premier nightspots.

  • Rat Film
    Rat Film

    Baltimore. Rats. A match made in Maryland.

  • Bishop Briggs
    Bishop Briggs

    Bishop Briggs brings a stacked bill of up and comers to Orlando for a sold-out party at The Social. Jen Cray joins in the fun.

  • Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
    Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

    There’s more than black music influencing the evolution of Rock and Roll. Native American rhymes and ideas are every bit as significant, once you know to look for them.

  • Keith Morris
    Keith Morris

    Ink 19 slings a few questions to the punk rock pioneer Keith Morris on Trump, Calexit and looking back.

From the Archives