BRINGING IT HOME extols the many benefits of industrial hemp for the environment and human health, while revealing the obstacles to what could be a thriving industry for U.S. farmers.

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Industrial Hemp is making headlines in American media with the recent Farm Bill amendment allowing hemp research crops in ten states. But why does Federal policy still classify and confuse this non-psychoactive plant with marijuana as a drug? BRINGING IT HOME tells the story of hemp's past, present and future through interviews with global hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs, archive images, animation and footage filmed in Europe and the United States.

The film features the designer of "America's First Hemp House" and his quest to find the healthiest building material available to construct a safe environment for his daughter with chemical sensitivities. He discovers non-toxic, carbon neutral hempcrete that is recyclable, pest-fire-mold-resistant and cuts energy bills in half. But the major drawback for U.S. builders is that the fiber for hempcrete must be imported. Current U.S. Federal policy does not distinguish hemp from its psychoactive plant cousin marijuana, despite a long history of hemp farming in America up until the 1940s.

BRINGING IT HOME follows the hemp trail to the U.K. where business owners, researchers, farmers and Kevin McCloud, TV host of Grand Designs, discuss industrial hemp use in their country. Also featured are interviews with CEOs of million dollar U.S. companies that are importing hemp for healthy, sustainable products, and those working for policy change at the state and federal levels. A lobbyist for the CA Narcotics Officers Association gives voice to the opposition.

BRINGING IT HOME makes the case for all the benefits of a misunderstood plant that will leave viewers wondering: why aren't we growing it here?

52 minutes

SDH Captioning for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

Directed by Linda Booker, Blaire Johnson
Produced by Linda Booker
Co-Producer: Blaire Johnson
Editor: Linda Booker
Cinematography: Blaire Johnson
Music: Gabriel de Paz
Animation: Philip Powell, David Rawlins
Narrator: Philip Powell
A film by By the Brook Productions and Green Hope Productions


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"A brilliantly executed documentary that weaves a touching narrative extolling the many benefits of industrial hemp for the environment and human health, while illuminating the obstacles to what could be a thriving industry for U.S. farmers to tap into."
Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp, Executive Director of Hemp Industries Association

"An extremely well done documentary with very good educational value...makes a strong case why we should start growing industrial hemp."
Anil Netravali, Professor of Fiber Science, Cornell University

"Humorous, educational, and at times, infuriating. The infuriating part has nothing to do with the film itself, but what Booker and Johnson are documenting. The 1970 federal Controlled Substances Act made growing hemp illegal."
The Herald-Sun

"After viewing the film one cannot help but become excited about the economic benefits the US would obtain by allowing the production of industrial hemp. Let’s let people pull themselves up by their own hemp straps!"
Dr. Brian Strow, Associate Professor of Economics, Western Kentucky University

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