SXSW: Alchemy Takes Marijuana Doc 'Rolling Papers'

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'Rolling Papers'

Mitch Dickman's film looks at how society is dealing with the legalization of pot.

Alchemy has acquired worldwide rights to Mitch Dickman's Rolling Papers, a documentary about the legalization of marijuana that had its world premiere at SXSW. The film will be released later this year, Alchemy CEO Bill Lee said in announcing the acquisition.

It's the second acquisition for Alchemy at this year's fest, where it also picked up Antoine Bardou-Jacquet's action comedy Moonwalkers, starring Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan.

Rolling Papers looks at how society and the media are dealing with the legalization of marijuana with a focus on Richard Baca, who edits The Cannabist, the Denver Post website that chronicles the expanding marijuana business. "This film couldn't be more timely," Lee said. 

The film was executive produced by Dave Berlin, Joni Eddy, Chad Troutwine and Walker Diebel and produced by Britta Erickson, Daniel Junge, Karl Kister, Alison Greenberg-Millice and Kate Shapiro

Alchemy vp acquisitions Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal, with Zac Bright and Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content, CAA and Richard Turner of Artioti Media Consulting on behalf of the filmmakers.