Cinema Politica offers funny and informative pot film

I have no idea why anyone thought this would be a popular film subject for the Whistler crowds, but LUNA (Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives) features the marijuana movie, The Union, as the first instalment of its Cinema Politica film series on Friday (Dec. 17).

In the movie, filmmaker Adam Scorgie interviews growers, police officers, criminologists, economists, doctors, politicians and pop culture icons such as Marc Emery and Tommy Chong to reveal the politics and prejudice surrounding pot.

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It isn't just resort towns that are liking this film, either.

The Union has been selected into 33 international film festivals, won several best feature documentary awards, received distribution in four countries and is currently the highest ranked Canadian documentary by popular vote on the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB).

Scorgie himself is scheduled to be at the screening Friday to facilitate a discussion after the movie about why marijuana is illegal, the health risks users face, whether prohibition works, marijuana as medicine, paper, fuel, textiles and food, and what would happen if we taxed it.

The Union screens Friday (Dec. 17) at the Lost Lake Pasivhaus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film begins at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.

For more information click to www.lunawhistler.com.

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CHRISTMAS AT BIG SKY: Head to the Big Sky Golf and Country Club in Pemberton on Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 18 and 19) for a free community festival.

Christmas at Big Sky runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days and features horse-drawn sleigh rides, kids crafts, choir performances, other live entertainment and a holiday market.

The jolly man in red will also visit both days at 1 p.m. Call (604) 894-6106 for more info.

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WHISTLER EXPOSED AT TOMMY'S: If you happen to appreciate hip-hop, nu funk, breaks and reggae - oh, and calendar models, lots of calendar models - then you should head to Tommy Africa's next Thursday (Dec. 23) as Whistler Exposed presents its 2011 calendar launch party.

The event features a live fashion show with the aforementioned calendar models, go-go dancers, hot music from DJs Itchy and Skratchy, and more.

And if you buy a Whistler Exposed calendar or support their events, you're also supporting a worthy charity because sales from previous calendars have gone towards The Canadian Spinal Cord Research Organization (they donated $10,000 in October).

Doors open at 9 p.m. Go to www.whistlerexposed.com for more information on the calendar.

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CALL FOR BACKCOUNTRY PHOTOGS: The Whistler Arts Council (WAC) is looking for Sea to Sky and B.C. photographers to submit action sports pics for the annual Out Of Bounds: Tales from the Backcountry exhibit and photo contest.

The call for entries is open to both professional and emerging shutterbugs who want to submit images of skiing and snowboarding from B.C.'s backcountry for the sixth annual exhibition.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 7, 2011 with an opening reception scheduled for Feb. 4 at Millennium Place.

The Out of Bounds exhibit can be viewed at Millennium Place's Scotia Creek Gallery during the month of February. For info and submission guidelines go to www.artswhistler.com.

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