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Grassachusetts

Grassachusetts from Tufts CMS on Vimeo.

Grassachusetts is a short documentary about the medical marijuana system in Massachusetts. MA passed a medical marijuana bill in 2012 and, as Grassachusetts shows, it’s virtually impossible to get a license for a dispensary because of red tape and high fees.

h/t Reddit. [Please go and upvote the thread if you enjoyed this documentary.]

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Dolls on Film

Dolls

This New York Dolls documentary was just uncovered by Noisey and it’s required viewing for anyone interested in punk’s early greatest days. From the site…

Directed by Nadya Beck and Bob Gruen, All Dolled Up: A New York Dolls Story is a feature-length documentary that was filmed in 1972, and sees the then-married pair follow the band from their early performances in New York at Kenny’s Castaways and Max’s Kansas City to their infamous West Coast tour. Expect to see raucous, debaucherous backstage antics, illuminating interviews, footage from the Whisky A Go Go, the Real Don Steele Show, Rodney Bingenheimer’s E Club, and much more. The documentary features the entire original lineup—David Johansen (vocals), Johnny Thunders (guitar), Sylvain Sylvain (guitar), Arthur Kane (bass), and Billy Murcia (drums)—and captures an image of the band before death, alcohol, and heroin tore it asunder. It’s an intimate look at rock’n’roll’s greatest underdogs that took in too much, too soon, but still always came out swinging.

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The Neon Museum [Short Documentary]

There are few distractions in Las Vegas outside the glaring light of the gambling halls, but one of the best also preserves the city’s light-filled legacy: the Neon Museum. This eclectic “neon boneyard” celebrates artifacts of Las Vegas’ native art form: the neon sign. Collecting donated signs, tracking down antiques in need of preservation, and even repairing signs that are returned to be on display in the community, the crew at the Neon Museum is committed to re-invigorating these vibrant objects of Las Vegas history.

h/t Cool Hunting.

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5am Film Series: The Bohemia

There exists, in a pocket of North London, a group who wanted only to provide their community with a space in which to exchange thoughts and ideas, far away from the corporate disease that’s infested the United Kingdom. In ‘The Bohemia’, Aaron Jolly paints a picture of the Finchley wing of the Occupy movement during their time spent squatting an abandoned pub on the high road.

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The Junky’s Christmas

Back in 1993, The Junky’s Christmas by William S. Burroughs, was made into a short claymation film. It was directed by Nick Donkin and Melodie McDaniel, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and narrated by Mr. Burroughs himself. If you haven’t already watched it, it’s a treat for Burroughs and animation fans alike.

You can watch the short film in its entirety below:

h/t Dangerous Minds.

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