GRASS is a documentary about the history of the United States government's war on marijuana in the 20th century. The film places much of the blame for marijuana criminalisation on politician Harry Anslinger, who promoted false information about marijuana to the American public as a means towards abolition. The film follows the history of federal policies and social attitudes towards marijuana, beginning at the turn of the twentieth century. The film is completely composed of archival footage, narrated by actor Woody Harrelson.
Ronald “Ron” Mann is a Canadian documentary film director focusing primarily on Canadian and American alternative and dissent culture. He does most of his work through his company Sphinx Productions, while also running a film distribution company on the side called FilmsWeLike. Among the films he has directed are IMAGINE THE SOUND (1981), COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL (1988), GRASS (1999 - screened at BIFF in 2000), TALES OF THE RAT FINK (2006), KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS (2008) and IN THE WAKE OF THE FLOOD (2010).