Cam Christiansen’s ‘Wall’ Gets Limited NYC Film Forum Release

New York City’s Film Forum will present the U.S. theatrical premiere of Wall — the feature film adaptation of David Hare’s political play directed and animated by Cam Christiansen, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Beginning Wednesday, April 3, the Film Forum will be screening Wall for one week, with multiple daily showings, free of charge.

In the play (and now, in the animated feature), British playwright Hare (Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Reader and The Hours) confronts the brute reality of the Israeli “Separation Fence”: four times as long as the Berlin Wall, it required the confiscation of 4,000 acres of Palestinian land and the destruction of 1,000 trees. This important exploration of the structure’s political/cultural impact is given new life in Christiansen’s animated essay, which follows Hare on a journey to come face to face with the wall.

Free public screenings are made possible thanks to the Ostrovsky Family Fund. The film is presented in association with The Other Israel Film Festival, with support from the Joan S. Constantiner Fund for Jewish and Holocaust Films; the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Fund; the Richard Brick, Geri Ashur, and Sara Bershtel Fund for Social Justice Documentaries.

WALL (Trailer) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.

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Wall

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Valfre X tokidoki Limited Edition Collection Launches

L.A.-based creative brand Valfre and the world-famous Japanese pop art-inspired lifestyle brand tokidoki have launched a new, limited-edition collaborative collection available now at valfre.com. The set features a bubblegum pink-backed character print featuring rebel girls, mermaids, pegicorns, etc., available as an 18” x 24” print, backpack or pouch.

Check out the video below, in which Ilse Valfre, the Mexican-born artist who founded Valfre, and Simone Legno, the Italian artist who created tokidoki in 2005, discuss their inspirations and the new collection.

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‘Archer’ Digital Goodies on a Limited Time Mission in Quidd

Archer collection on Quidd app

Archer collection on Quidd app

Leading digital goods buying and trading platform Quidd has teamed up with FX Networks to offer officially licensed digital stickers and trading cards inspired by hit animated series Archer. Sterling Archer and his equally maladjusted allies and antagonists from the show’s eight seasons will feature across a range of designs. Each digital gem has a unique serial number.

Fans can start collecting and swapping Archer items over the free iOS and Android Quidd app, available at quidd.co.

Quidd has previously offered collections inspired by animated hits like Rick and Morty and Steven Universe, as well as other pop culture brands like Marvel, Game of Thrones, et al. Founded by Michael Bramlage and Erich Wood in 2015, Quidd has sold more than 1.4 billion digital items to over 4 million unique users and facilitated over 5 million trades involving a total of 60 million items. The NYC headquartered company is opening an LA office this year.

Created by Adam Reed (Frisky Dingo), Archer is an espionage-themed black comedy that centers on super spy/man child Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) who works for his mother’s (Jessica Walter) private agency with a gaggle of coworkers who range in competence and personality flaws (played by Aisha Tyler, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Lucky Yates and Reed). Season 8 aired in 2017 at the show’s new home on FXX.

Archer collection on Quidd app

Archer collection on Quidd app

Archer collection on Quidd app

Archer collection on Quidd app

Archer collection on Quidd app

Archer collection on Quidd app

Archer collection on Quidd app

Archer collection on Quidd app

Archer collection on Quidd app

Archer collection on Quidd app

Archer collection on Quidd app

Archer collection on Quidd app

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Virginia Senate Unanimously Approves Limited Medical Marijuana Bill

On February 5, the Virginia Senate unanimously passed legislation that will permit doctors to recommend CBD or THC-A oil to their patients for any diagnosed condition or disease. The companion bill passed the House of Delegates unanimously on Friday, and the bill will now go to Gov. Ralph Northam, who is expected to sign it.

This bill expands Virginia’s CBD oil law, which previously limited the use of CBD oil to cases of “intractable epilepsy” only. This bill represents a major expansion of that program, allowing doctors to determine whether CBD or THC-A oil is right for any given patient. This law will provide relief to thousands of patients in the commonwealth and could help curb the ongoing opioid crisis in Virginia. We applaud all of the activists and patients who worked diligently to see this moment.

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Mosquito-Borne Illnesses May Not Be Limited to Tropics

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 — Mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika, dengue and chikungunya can be spread in cooler temperatures than previously thought, researchers say.

Based on data from Latin America and the Caribbean, transmission of the illnesses is highest at about 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Experts had long believed that 90 degrees F was their peak-transmission temperature.

The findings could prove important as climate change causes temperatures to climb, the study authors said.

“This means that future transmission is much more likely to occur in subtropical and even temperate areas, such as the southern United States and northern Mexico,” study co-author Jeremy Cohen said in a University of South Florida news release. He is a postdoctoral researcher studying integrative biology at USF.

Study co-author Jason Rohr, an associate professor of integrative biology at USF, said the findings could help identify areas at greatest risk of outbreaks.

Air temperature affects how often mosquitoes bite, how long it takes for them to ingest a virus from one human and inject it into another, as well as their life cycle.

“Given that the predominant thinking was that transmission was most likely to peak at very hot temperatures, which would mostly limit the diseases to the tropics, we were certainly surprised that the model and the field data suggested that high rates of transmission could occur at lower temperatures, possibly impacting more northern regions in the future,” Cohen said.

The study was published recently in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

More information

The World Health Organization has more on mosquito-borne diseases.

Posted: May 2017

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Limited Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced in Indiana

A pair of bills that would allow certain patients to use low-THC cannabis are winding their way through the Indiana Legislature. One of the bills is markedly stronger than the other.

SB 15 would allow patients suffering from intractable epilepsy to administer low-THC, CBD-rich medical cannabis with their doctor’s authorization. The bill would create a registry program and permit pharmacists to dispense the oil. It has passed the Senate and is now in the House Committee on Courts and the Criminal Code.

The other bill, HB 1148, provides an affirmative defense for patients, and their caregivers, who suffer from Dravet or Lennox-Gastaut syndromes for low-THC cannabis oil. This means a patient would still be subject to arrest for use of the oil, and would simply have a defense once in court. The House passed that bill unanimously last week and it is now pending in the Senate. While MPP is not opposed to HB 1148, SB 15 is clearly the better proposal since it protects more patients, provides stronger legal protections, and includes more patients with seizures.

While neither bill is the comprehensive reform Hoosiers deserve — and overwhelmingly support — it is clear that lawmakers are listening on this important issue. Please ask your representative to stand up for compassion.

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VIZ Dates ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ Set 2 & Limited Edition

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VIZ Media has announced that magical girl enthusiasts across North America will be able to get their hands on Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 on February 28, available as a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD (MSRP $ 79.99), Standard Ed. Blu-ray/DVD ($ 69.99), and DVD ($ 39.99). Set 2 features the entire “Black Moon” arc, episodes 15-26, of the celebrated reboot of the classic anime series based on Naoko Takeuchi’s original manga.

During “Black Moon,” the Sailor Scout’s adventures take a turn when a young pink-haired girl falls from the sky and threatens to take the Legendary Silver Crystal from Usagi. But she’s not the only new arrival with an interest in the Crystal, as the mysterious Spectre Sisters are using more than threats to get what they want. When everyone in Sailor Moon’s life is in danger from an enemy she can’t seem to defeat, who can she turn to for help? That young girl and her small key may hold the answer…

The Limited Edition contains a deluxe, four-disc collection (two DVDs & two Blu-ray discs), packaged with an exclusive chipboard box with specialty printing. It also contains six full-color collectible art cards and a premium full-color art booklet featuring episode summaries and more. Bonus content includes a digital art gallery, clean opening and closing segments, and a special interview with Japanese pop group Momoiro Clover Z, who perform the series’ theme songs.

The Standard Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack also features episodes in crisp 1080p HD video, plus digital art gallery, clean opening and closing segments and the interview with Momoiro Clover Z. The Standard DVD set features four discs with beautifully illustrated variant O-card packaging and specialty foil printing; episodes presented in 480p.

Pre-orders are available now from a variety of leading outlets and online retailers. Fans that order Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 from RightStufAnime.com will receive a special Sailor Moon Suncatcher (while supplies last).

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Denver Democrats, State Lawmakers Support Limited Social Consumption Ordinance

Backers of Initiated Ordinance 300 (I-300), a Denver ballot measure intended to permit cannabis consumption in certain private places in order to reduce it in public spaces, announced Tuesday that it had received several major political endorsements. The Democratic Party of Denver, New Era Colorado, State Sen. Irene Aguilar of Denver, and State Rep. Jonathan Singer have joined more than 100 local businesses and organizations that are encouraging Denver residents to vote “YES” on 300 to establish a Neighborhood-Supported Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program.screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-11-23-41-am

I-300 would permit certain private establishments to allow adult cannabis consumption in designated areas if they follow a number of guidelines. The city will only issue permits to establishments that have received formal support from their officially recognized neighborhood organization or business-improvement district. A full description of I-300 is available here.

I-300 received the support of nearly three-fourths of the voting members of the Denver Democratic Party’s Central Committee. Multiple precinct captains and party leaders spoke in favor of Initiative 300, while no members spoke in opposition. Sen. Aguilar was among party members who spoke in support of I-300, citing a need for places where tourists and residents can safely and legally consume cannabis if they do not have a private residence where they can do so.

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Limited Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Louisiana House

On Wednesday, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed Sen. Fred Mills’ SB 271 in a 62-31 vote, bringing your state one step closer to a workable medical marijuana program. Now the bill returns to the Senate for a concurrence before moving on to Gov. John Bel Edwards — who is supportive — for his signature. You can read a summary of the bill here.Seal_of_Louisiana.svg

However, SB 271 alone will not end the flaws in Louisiana’s current medical marijuana law, which is why Sen. Mills has also introduced SB 180. This bill has passed the Senate and is currently in the House. Should both bills pass, Louisiana becomes the first state in the Deep South to adopt a workable medical marijuana program!

If you are a Louisiana resident, please click here to find out how your lawmakers voted and ask them to show support for a compassionate program. (Once you type in your zip code, the correct email will automatically load based on how your legislators voted.)

The end of the legislative session is drawing near, and we only have a few more weeks to seek reform from lawmakers in Baton Rouge.

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Washington State Lawmakers Pass Limited Marijuana Policy Reforms

While there were over two-dozen marijuana-related bills introduced in Washington this year, only a handful passed before the regular legislative session wrapped up. Those that did pass now await Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature. They make improvements, but their changes are slight compared with many others that fell short this year.2000px-Flag_of_Washington.svg

Those before the governor include HB 2584, which would limit the amount of information a marijuana business must publically disclose about its operations. Another tweaks the procedural hurdles that might prevent dispensary staff from disposing of marijuana when ordered to do so, and a third would create a category of license for those cultivators who grow plants for cooperatives.

Two other marijuana bills passed but were vetoed because they did so after the regular legislative session ended. One would have allowed retails shops to sell non-marijuana items, and the other addressed laws related to cannabis research licenses.

While many of this year’s marijuana bills technically remain alive as the legislators continue to meet in a special session, most believe they will not advance further. The special session was called to address the state budget, where deep divisions remain in Olympia.

Unfortunately, key efforts like establishing marijuana café licenses will have to wait until 2017 when new bills can be introduced. But with the strong interest lawmakers showed in marijuana legislation this year, we will no doubt revisit many of these issues next year.

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Limited Medical Cannabis Oil Bill Heads to Virginia Governor

Virginia is in its final week of its 2016 legislative session and of the many marijuana-related bills Virginian lawmakers considered this year, only one — SB 701 — has made it to the desk of Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

This limited bill allows the cultivation of cannabis by pharmaceutical processes that would then produce cannabidiol oil. Patients suffering from intractable epilepsy could receive the oil with a written certification from their doctor. While Gov. McAuliffe is expected to sign the legislation, epileptic patients won’t receive any benefit until at least 2017, as the bill requires a second passage next year.

While MPP applauds the Commonwealth’s effort to bring relief to residents suffering from epilepsy, this measure does not go nearly far enough. If you are a resident of Virginia, please ask your elected officials to show compassion for our sickest residents, including those with other serious conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, intractable pain, and PTSD. Medical marijuana is far less harmful and poses fewer negative side effects than most prescription drugs — especially painkillers — and patients often find it to be a more effective treatment.

We celebrate this narrow victory and look forward to a future where patients can benefit from the expertise of their doctors by finding relief in medical cannabis.

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Limited Marijuana Sales to Begin in Oregon Tomorrow

Beginning tomorrow, adults 21 and older in Oregon will be able to legally purchase limited quantities of marijuana and marijuana plants from certain medical marijuana dispensaries. This allowance, passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Kate Brown,flagfrontbig gives adults a legal and regulated access point to purchase marijuana while the state develops the regulatory structure that will govern the marijuana market moving forward.

Individuals 21 and older will be allowed to purchase up to seven grams of marijuana and up to four seedlings from participating medical marijuana dispensaries. The state requires a dispensary to post a sign indicating whether they sell to recreational customers or if they limit sales to medical marijuana patients and caregivers, but it will not keep a list of dispensaries that have chosen to open their doors to all adults 21 and older.

Please remember that it is still illegal to smoke marijuana in public. Violators may be issued a Class B violation, which is akin to a traffic ticket. For more information, please visit the Oregonian’s FAQ page.

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