Updated February 2018 –  Infinite Perimeter Films is planning three activism-themed film festivals in 2018. Submissions began Sept. 15, 2017 for the first Colorado International Cannabis & Hemp Film Festival (CICHFF), premiering 5-8 PM, April 19, 2018. Submissions begin February 14, 2018 for the 2nd Colorado International Activism Film Festival (CIAFF), which premiered Sat., July 15, 2017 at The Bug Theater, to be held mid-July 2018.

Three Laurels Lyons, Colorado

At CIAFF 2017, we provided 3 awards: Best in Show: Where’s Larry? by John Surenkamp; Best Acting: Ya Albi by Christine Chen; Best Cinematography: A Hero in All of Us by Travis Lupher.

Submissions for the Colorado International Flat Earth Film Festival (CIFEFF) began December 15, 2017. We plan to hold this live event in November 2018. All events are planned to be held at Denver Open Media (DOM)Dates & venues are tentative & may change as we get closer to the events. All dates will be firmed up within a month of the scheduled event so that festival participants may plan accordingly. Learn more.

Elle, Sharlene, and Sarah with Filmmaker Kent Flaagan CIAFF, The Bug Theater, Denver, July 15, 2017
Elle (L), Sharlene, and Sarah with Filmmaker Kent Flaagan CIAFF, The Bug Theater, Denver, July 15, 2017

Here’s a few pictures from our debut activism festival. We received 34 submissions. From these, we selected 3 screenplays, 1 photograph & a number of films to screen/award. We screened some of the films and trailers in front of a live audience on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 2-10 PM. Here’s a downloadable copy of the program: CIAFF 2017, PDF.

We regret that we were unable to show all of the amazing films we received this year. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who participated in this experience with us – we are truly humbled by your talent and dedication to activist filmmaking!

We also provided award winners with an envelope containing a small amount of cash from the donations we received at our live event. As our film festivals grow in popularity internationally & locally in our home state, Colorado, we hope to provide additional cash awards & prizes to talented activist filmmakers, musicians, photographers, artists and writers. If you would like to volunteer and/or sponsor our festivals, we would love to talk with you!

Text/call (720) 298-1524; email: info@infiniteperimeter.com.

WHAT IS LIBERTY? “To prevent the weaker members of the community from being preyed on by innumerable vultures, it was needful that there should be an animal of prey stronger than the rest, commissioned to keep them down. But as the king of the vultures would be no less bent upon preying upon the flock than any of the minor harpies, it was indispensable to be in a perpetual attitude of defence against his beak and claws. The aim, therefore, of patriots was to set limits to the power which the ruler should be suffered to exercise over the community; and this limitation was what they meant by liberty.” Read more, John Stuart Mill, On Liberty.

Sharlene, Sharlene and Elle (R) at CIAFF 2017, The Bug
Sarah, Sharlene and Elle (R) at CIAFF 2017, The Bug

If you are a user of Cannabis/Hemp, you’ll be happy to hear about the new film festival, which showcases fictional narratives, documentaries, shorts, feature-length films, screenplays, art/photography, & music videos.

Cannabis is simply the scientific name given to the Marijuana plant. Scientific studies have demonstrated the health benefits of Cannabis and certain chemicals contained within the plant, for example, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

The United States has only 5% of the world’s population, yet over 25% of the planet’s incarcerated people. Read 7 Steps to Staying Out of Prison, here. Some more helpful Resources

“Cannabis is a cause close to my heart because of the way it has helped with my health and well being, as well as the people I encounter who also use it medicinally….” Melody Jane

“The right to trial lies at the heart of America’s criminal justice system. Yet trials have become all too rare in the United States because 9 out of 10 federal and state criminal defendants now end their cases by pleading guilty.” Read more, An Offer You Can’t Refuse: How US Federal Prosecutors Force Drug Defendants to Plead Guilty. Read this eye-opening Human Rights Watch report, some statistics. What is the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017?

Is Cannabis dangerous? What about deaths related to Cannabis? Between 150 and 200 Americans die each year from complications related to food allergies. Moreover, allergic reactions to food resulted in approximately 317,000 visits to hospital emergency departments, outpatient clinics and physicians’ offices. In a typical year, nearly 100 American deaths are caused by bee stings.  In the first half 2016, there were 17,775 deaths on the road involving car accidents. By comparison, here’ a list of everyone who’s died from Cannabis overdose.

Melody Jane Speaks: Why I Became a Cannabis Professional
Melody Jane Speaks: Why I Became a Cannabis Professional

Unfortunately, in many towns across America, it’s illegal “to use, possess, or distribute” this simple miracle plant. Consequently, while some people enjoy our (allegedly) constitutionally-protected right to access the multitude of medical & other benefits of 100% God-created, natural Cannabis & Hemp safely & lawfully in the comfort of our private homes, others are jailed by overzealous so-called Law Enforcement for the alleged “crime” of using living plants like mushrooms & herbs to ease the symptoms of health maladies such as mental & physical pain due to debilitating diseases such as PTSD and cancer.

According to the June 2017 Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry report, almost 84,000 Coloradans have an active registration and 651 physicians have recommended it for one or more patients on the registry.

Don’t all “We, the People” have the Constitutionally-guaranteed, unalienable, God-given right of Self-Governance? All political power, not merely some, but ALL power is vested in and derived from the people; all government, of right, originates from the people, is founded upon their will only – so says The Constitution of the State of Colorado. Perhaps it’s time to update our WILL?

Here are a few film festival Rules & Guidelines. Submission topics include Cannabis Law/Jurisprudence, Natural Healing, Cannabis/Hemp Economics, Environment, and Spirituality. Really…all perspectives on the legitimate uses of Cannabis & Hemp are welcome. Caution: we’re not looking to attract and promote “doper” culture; we’re looking to attract and promote FREEDOM! You can learn about the types of films we are hoping to attract and showcase by browsing the selections at Films for Action and Top Documentary Films.

 

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