Frenchy Cannoli, a celebrated hashishin, writer, activist, and educator who dedicated himself to sharing the ancient art of hash-making, succumbed July 18, 2021, to complications following surgery.
“Frenchy Dreams of Hashish is a documentary film about the master Hashishin Frenchy Cannoli and a small group of Emerald Triangle cannabis farmers in Northern California. Frenchy and his wife Kimberly produced Frenchy Dreams of Hashish in collaboration with the director of the film, Jake Remington, and his production company (collabo!). From the beginning, the intention behind the film was to reintroduce traditional hashish to the public and amplify Frenchy’s and the farmers’ ethos of sustainable farming and their dedication to quality sun-grown cannabis. During filming, the cannabis industry in California was experiencing the waves of change brought on by the legalization of adult-use cannabis — these changes negatively affected and threatened the livelihood of the small farmers Frenchy worked with. This maelstrom of bureaucracy and hypocrisy ended up being the context of the film in which Frenchy and the farmers’ fight for quality — and survival — intensified. This mistreatment of farmers is still happening today and with the release of this documentary, we hope to bring awareness and change to the situation surrounding cannabis in northern California.”
The team behind the documentary planned to self-publish initially. They “did the rounds” with all of the big streaming platforms, and while some played up their interest, nothing solid came to fruition. As a result, Frency instructed those close to him to publish the project themselves.
As of the July 10 premiere, a team of translators was finalizing the work for Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Italian audiences. That process is expected to be complete this summer in the next few weeks for a larger public release.
Frenchy’s team plans to take the documentary on a road show to major conferences. The 1st stop will be the Grow Up conference in Niagara, Canada on September 12th. The conference center features a film room that can seat 1,000. Audiences can see the full schedule as the dates are confirmed: https://frenchycannoli.com/events
All Photos: Mike Rosati