Blake road trips to her father's house in Taranaki in order to
check on him post a health scare. Except, Blake hasn't seen him for
some time and is battling severe health issues of her own. They
turn to marijuana for some light relief and it becomes healing in
more ways than one.
This story is inspired by true events. My dad and I were both
recovering from very serious illnesses - my dad from prostate
cancer and I with Ulcerative Colitis (a bowel disease). I wondered
if marijuana could be of assistance to either one of us, so I drove
to his place to find out.
GREEN is about a young woman, Blake, who is battling a recent
diagnosis and decides to drive to Taranaki to visit her old man,
John, who is recovering from a surgery gone wrong. However, they
have a fractured relationship and haven't talked in some time.
To break the ice, Blake pulls out some weed. The conservative
John is deeply horrified by this but Blake manages to swing him
They end up reconnecting in ways they have yet to before.
WHY THIS STORY?
It's no secret to friends and family that I've had a hell of a
year with my diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis. With the failure of
medication, gnarly side effects, not being able to work and losing
the ability to even do the smallest of things - it's been life
altering. And then with my dad also experiencing huge health
complications; it's been a simultaneous journey of strength and
Although medical marijuana isn't yet legalised in New Zealand
for all health conditions, I believe it could be beneficial to a
wide variety if so. My father and I haven't been able to reap the
benefits of it but I do wonder, in the right form/dosage, if it
I think medical marijuana is a topic worth continuing to discuss
but this film is so much more than that - it's a story of a father
and daughter healing wounds, finding common ground and breaking
relationship territory. In the end you can't help but laugh, cry,
WHY $8K/WHAT IT WILL COVER
Morgan and I have incredibly supportive filmmaking networks
already - but there are always hard costs associated with making a
film. This money will go towards paying our talented cast and crew
and finishing the film to the utmost quality in post-production.
The costs can be broken down into production (e.g. cameras, crew,
cast), post-production (e.g. editing, sound design, finishing), and
getting it out there (e.g. festivals and promotion).
WRITER/DIRECTOR RACHEL ROSS
I live to tell stories that are not only bold and challenging -
but are also joyful and hinge on playful connectivity. For me, it's
all about light and shade - vulnerable grit meets wit.
This story is exactly that. It taps into fragility,
authenticity, whilst straddling many notes of relatable droll. I am
a writer/director of short films, music videos and am currently
working on my first feature.
My 2017 short
Have you tried, maybe, not worrying? was selected for
The Melbourne International Film Festival (among others') and while
attending MIFF, I was selected to take part in the 2017 Accelerator
In January of 2017 I was also a recipient of the New Zealand
Film Commission's Talent Development Grant. This $10k screenwriting
grant enabled me to spend 3 months in New York attending the New
York Film Academy developing my first feature screenplay.
I recently finished the 2018 short Number
Two and iit's currently pending festival distribution.
You can find me via my website and on Instagram
PRODUCER MORGAN LEIGH STEWART
Morgan Leigh Stewart has produced over 40 features, short films,
commercials, and music videos. Projects include the lauded splatter
comedy feature DEATHGASM (SXSW 2015); K Rd Stories- a
digital story project, and dark comedy short Stick To Your
Gun (Palm Springs ShortFest 2016).
She has worked with local and international industry
organisations including Melbourne International Film Festival, The
Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and Film Auckland. She has
been involved in producing the 48Hours Furious Filmmaking
competition, the Make My Movie project, and the New Zealand Film
Awards. She worked as part of the team making hit children's TV
programme The Moe Show from 2015-2017.
Recently Morgan participated in the prestigious short
documentary program Loading Docs - producing Joe Hitchcock's
Blood Sugar in 2016, and directing She Speeds in
2018. Rachel Ross and Morgan previously teamed up on Number
Two due for release late 2018. Morgan continues to work with
filmmakers around NZ on events, films, television and digital
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