DARK HARVEST is Cheech Marin’s first cannabis movie since Still Smokin, his final Cheech and Chong film in 1983. Cheech is currently onscreen in major movie theaters voicing a character in the smash hit Coco. He’s also on small screens right now in Dark Harvest, a thriller set against the backdrop of the marijuana industry.
Dark Harvest is the first directorial effort of actor James Hutson. A protege of Ben Kingsley, Hutson studied at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. Under Kingsley’s direction, he played Vladimir in Waiting For Godot. The veteran actor has played roles ranging from Richard III to American Buffalo’s ‘Teach’. Hutson’s film career launched after being a ‘reader’ during casting for Insomnia and Reindeer Games where directors John Frankenheimer and Chris Nolan cast Hutson, and hired him for rehearsal sessions with Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron and Ben Affleck. Hutson is a veteran of the cannabis industry, which lends a strong sense of authenticity to Dark Harvest taking you behind the scenes.
Dark Harvest chronicles the struggles of two growers and a suspended narcotics officer as they deal with a series of murders on the eve of marijuana legalization. The film is a gripping independent vision full of revelations as the two race to find the killer in this action thriller. Shot entirely on location in Vancouver, Canada, Dark Harvest looks at all aspects of the marijuana industry: the black market, the “grey areas,” and the legal marijuana marketplace. Hutson shot in real grow rooms, with real weed and cast real pot dealers in the film—though he keeps their identities a secret.
Dark Harvest was featured at the New York Cannabis Festival winning both best film and best actor awards, the Cannabis Film Festival in Colorado and a special screening at the High Times Cannabis Cup Festival in Las Vegas.
Dark Harvest was released on January 9 and is available on several streaming platforms including Amazon, InDemand, DIRECTV, iTunes and more.