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Monday, July 31, 2000

Cheech and Chong
Hawaii Film Festival presentation "Grass" includes
footage from Cheech and Chong's cult
smash of the '70s "Up In Smoke."

HIFF screens ‘Grass’
at Andrews next month

By Tim Ryan


Taking a clue from the recent Maui Film Festival, which screened several major films outdoors, the Hawaii International Film Festival next month will screen the film "Grass" and the Korean short subject "A Nursery Tale" on the lawn at the Andrews Outdoor Theatre at the University of Hawaii.

The films will be shown "Woodstock style" at 7:15 p.m. Aug. 23. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Viewers are invited to bring a mat for this special evening under the stars.

"Grass" is a hilarious expose on the evolution of marijuana use in America. The film was shown at the Maui festival in May and at the recent Sydney Film Festival. The film is narrated by actor and hemp advocate Woody Harrelson, who weaves an irreverent and witty tale of how pot has been the focus of jubilant celebrations and legal repression. Award-winning Canadian director Ron Mann spent years collecting archival footage on the war on drugs.

"A Nursery Tale," which precedes "Grass," chronicles an ordinary man's pact with the devil in exchange for making his greatest sexual fantasy come true. Directed by Korea's Jieho Lee, the film recently won the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival.

Tickets will be $10 at the door, $7 for students, HIFF Ohana members and military personnel (with valid ID). HIFF members can purchase advance tickets by calling 528-3456, ext. 19, beginning Aug. 15.

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