Film Festival Welcomes British Documentarian

by Rick Maive
Manitou Marquee, October 28, 2016

GrassRoots tells the story of this patient-led movement to re-popularize an ages-old form of personal health care through herbal applications.

Dale-Beaumont-Brown shooting for his documentary, GrassRoots: The Cannabis Revolution.

Dale Beaumont-Brown originally came to Colorado a couple years back to shoot principal photography on what is now the feature length documentary, GrassRoots: The Cannabis Revolution. The main subject of the movie is Multiple Sclerosis patient, and now UK cannabis activist, Clark French.

Dale and Clark both witnessed Colorado’s fledgling “legalization” in action, coming from a patient’s perspective, rather than a recreational one. In fact, these patient pioneers are the standard bearers for this movement, not partiers—as some would have you believe. People of all sizes, shapes, ages, and colors are discovering for themselves how effective cannabis treatment is for a staggeringly wide range of “everyday” maladies, right up to the dreaded “C” word.

GrassRoots tells the story of this patient-led movement to re-popularize an ages-old form of personal health care through herbal applications. Why would these patients and caregivers choose to endure the societal resistance to accepting as medicine what has been outlawed in this country (and most of the planet) for all our lives? Because they’ve witnessed it work! To do otherwise would be to live a lie.

The ability to convey a message through storytelling is what motivates Beaumont-Brown.

“Via the medium of documentary film, we have the opportunity to unify and inspire people at a mass level, and that is something never to be squandered.” On Saturday night (11/12) at Manitou Springs City Hall, you’ll be able to ask him directly about the process—after screening the film. He continues, “To have been able to shoot in Colorado on a documentary about the UK’s perspective on cannabis was both fulfilling and surreal. Surreal in the sense that I am able to document an industry in motion—still finding its feet—and fulfilling in the aspect of being able to see how that industry is positively impacting patients. To be able to return to Colorado to bear witness to this industry once again and see how my film fits into that grand scheme of things, is ultimately a humbling and grounding experience.”

Filmmaker access is one of the hallmarks of a great film festival that Cinebis organizers hope to foster here in Manitou. “Visiting the Cinebis Film Festival in Mantiou Springs enables me to engage with the grassroots activists that drive the cannabis industry. Because of the town of Manitou Springs and festival directors Dean Frankmore and Michael Browning, I am afforded the opportunity to dialogue with people that actively want to see how a plant can ultimately affect people for the positive.” You can be sure that what Dale learns in Colorado this time, will continue to reach around the world in his travels. He’ll be visiting us the whole weekend, coming from his home in Norwich, UK.

If you miss Dale’s Q&A on Saturday night, maybe you’ll see him around town that weekend, happily walking the village like a typical Manatoid.

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October 6, Pike's Peak Bulletin

Manitou Springs City Council to Sponsor Cannabis Conference, Film Festival

By Jeanne Davant
The Pikes Peak Bulletin, October 06, 2016

Manitou Springs City Council agreed Tuesday to provide a $2,500 community projects grant for the Conference for Cannabis Fitness and Cinebis Film Festival.

Council also approved Memorial Hall as the venue for the Nov. 11 and 12 events and agreed to waive $378 in fees for using the hall.

In their application for a community projects grant, organizers Dean Frankmore and Michael Browning stated that the conference and festival are intended to provide education, raise awareness and create dialogue about cannabis, its medicinal and recreational use, and other issues surrounding its legalization and commerce.

They plan to offer lecture presentations, panel discussions and film viewings related to cannabis. No marijuana products or cannabis-related items will be sold or displayed.

Our (educational) approach is caution, explanation and elaboration. – Michael Browning

“Part of the argument I’ll make in my presentation is that people need to know about the effectiveness and safety of cannabis,” said Frankmore, a former practicing pharmacist and director of the Manitou Movie School. “The idea of cannabis fitness is the wise use of the medicine to decrease emergency room visits and adverse effects, and for people to get the maximum use out of a very potent, powerful medicine.”

Browning, who has participated in seven film festivals and has experience in media production and publishing, said the Cinebis festival will focus on “established science. Our approach is caution, explanation and elaboration. We would like to leave visitors with a quality impression of Manitou Springs.”

“Folks who have opinions or scientific evidence are welcome to come,” Frankmore said, although “there won’t be a rally or debate.”

Browning said the community program funds would be used as a challenge grant to raise additional support for the conference and film festival’s $30,000 budget. The budget contains seed money to make the conference and festival an annual event.

“I’m in favor of this,” Councilor Coreen Toll said. “Part of our brand is getting associated with retail marijuana; it’s just another one of our recreational assets. We’ve declared ourselves a creative arts district, and our master plan does say we should encourage educational events and talks specifically about encouraging more visual media. I think this fits in with the sense of the master plan.”

Frankmore and Browning had requested a grant of $5,000, but Toll said Council’s policy on sponsoring events limited the city’s contribution to $2,500 and that she would be comfortable with that amount.

Councilor Randy Hodges said there is a lot of interest in the community on the subject of cannabis.

“Part of the whole plan when we said we were going to allow sales of marijuana was that we would channel (tax) funds for education, and here it is,” Hodges said. “I think it’s time to channel some of that money to this effort.”

Councilor Jay Rohrer said he was not in favor of waiving the city fees for use of Memorial Hall because the sponsoring organization was not a nonprofit.

Council voted 4-2 on each of two separate votes to waive the fees and provide the community projects grant. Rohrer and Mayor Pro Tem Gary Smith cast the dissenting votes. Mayor Nicole Nicoletta was absent from the meeting.

Manitou Marquee

A Summit on Cannabis Education

by Jim Smith
Manitou Marquee, September 30, 2016

Two former magazine publishers, Dean Frankmore and Michael Browning, met through Dean’s Manitou Movie School and brought their mutual interests of cinema, cannabis and empowerment to bear in designing a unique weekend festival perfectly suited to the recreational paradise of Manitou Springs.

This summer, a pair of concerned cannabis educators from Manitou Springs have joined forces to create an unprecedented event combining art and education, all surrounding this (legal, yet still wildly) controversial plant. Two former magazine publishers, Dean Frankmore and Michael Browning, met through Dean’s Manitou Movie School and brought their mutual interests of cinema, cannabis and empowerment to bear in designing a unique weekend festival perfectly suited to the recreational paradise of Manitou Springs. Art (a Manitou staple, in the form of film) plus Education, which has been in short supply, locally, for this newly minted legitimate industry.

Hence, they’ve devised the combined event to occur over the weekend of November 11th, 12th and 13th. Perhaps you’ve read several of Dean’s articles on Cannabis Fitness in these pages (you can refresh yourself online searching for Dean Frankmore). Frankmore will curate a Conference for Cannabis Fitness which features both paid and free presentations. Manitou Art Center will host three rooms of free content as well as an 18+ product demonstration Expo. Two rooms will be screening film programs all day long, The ABCs of Cannabis Health Research and Hemp History: From Clothing To Cure-All? with live presentations, patient information and many other amazing free offerings for the general public.

Those paying to attend the film festival will get additional Conference offerings, like Dean’s Friday night keynote address on Cannabis Fitness in the Community, and Saturday’s Patient Pioneers panel, both at Memorial Hall. Michael’s recent success with Longmont’s 4th Front Range Film Fest has him at the helm of Cinebis Film Festival programming – which has been coming in from all over the globe, including one feature length documentary already selected from the U.K. entitled, Grassroots: The Cannabis Revolution. Canna-creators are encouraged to submit films to:

Volunteer staff of all sorts is needed to produce this festival for the community. If you have an interest in helping out – either before or during the festival – click to

Festival tickets and weekend passes are now on sale at a discounted rate. Click to then navigate to purchase tickets either through the Box Office icon (top right) or the navigation menu to the Shop page. You too can get educated about cannabis, the time has come Colorado!