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Part of SFFILM Festival

Grass Is Greener

Directed by Fred Brathwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy

USA | Documentary | 97

20 Apr
Sat, Apr 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Grand Lake Theatre
Grand Lake Theatre 3200 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610 United States
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Guests Expected

Director Fred Brathwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy and producer Vikram Gandhi are expected to attend.


Weed. Marijuana. Grass. Pot. Whatever you prefer to call it, America’s relationship with cannabis is a complicated one. In his directorial debut, hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy (Yo! MTV Raps) presents an unparalleled look at the racially biased history of the war on marijuana. Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and Damian Marley join a range of celebrities and experts who discuss the plant’s influence on music and popular culture, and the devastating impact its criminalization has had on Black and Latino communities. As more and more states join the push to legalize marijuana, Grass Is Greener dives deep into the glaring racial disparities in the growing cannabis market. Features interviews with Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill’s B-Real and Sen Dog, DMC, Doug E. Fresh, Chuck D, Damian Marley, Killer Mike, and more.

Director Fred Brathwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy

Immortalized in Blondie’s “Rapture” when Debbie Harry rapped, “Fab 5 Freddy told me everybody’s fly,” Fab 5 Freddy (born Fred Brathwaite in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood) has been putting his indelible mark on American culture since the 1970s when he became one of the first graffiti artists to exhibit his work internationally. While continuing to make visual art, he has also been a pioneering rap artist, a writer, an actor, and a host of Yo! MTV Raps (1988-1997) for its first eight years. He made his directing debut with the KRS-One music video My Philosophy (1988) and went on to make videos for such artists as Snoop Dogg and Queen Latifah, as well as commercial clients like Pepsi. He has also worked as producer, with a role as associate producer on New Jack City (1991), among his projects. Grass Is Greener is his feature documentary directing debut.

Film Details

Runtime 97

Country USA

Director Fred Brathwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy

Producer Vikram Gandhi, Fred Brathwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy

Editor Nancy Novack

Cinematographer Hans Charles, Jerry Henry, Malik Sayeed

Music Salaam Remi