Anyone driving to Tommy Chong screening from SF?

I just spoke to event organizer Terry Floyd, and filmmaker Josh Gilbert is not going to be there after all. Terry may try to see if he can call in and make some remarks to the audience via speaker phone. It's also apparently just been discovered that because the film does not have a distributor, the ticket price is strictly donations, as they can't charge for it.

  In any case, I'm going to go see the film -- the trailer looks awesome, as does the website Is anyone driving from the city who can give a ride? Please call me at (415) 368-8657 if so, as I will likely be away from the computer.

Peace, love & liberty,
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   The East Bay Libertarian Parties are sponsoring a special screening of
   the award winning documentary feature film "A/K/A Tommy Chong" on April
   27, 2006 at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, located at 3200 Grand
   Avenue. Tickets are $9.00 for either the 7:30 or 9:30 p.m. show.

   In 2003, under an obscure provision of the USA PATRIOT ACT, the stoner
   comedy icon Tommy Chong (of Cheech and Chong fame), was arrested and
   charged with manufacturing hand-made glass pipes (A/K/A "Bongs").

   Josh Gilbert's hilarious, yet tragic documentary follows this legal
   case, exposing the absurdity of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's
   revived War on Drug Paraphernalia that somehow made a connection
   between smoking dope and supporting Al Qaeda.

   Under "Operation Pipe Dreams," 55 individuals were indicted on federal
   charges. Chong was the big celebrity caught in the sting and the only
   victim sent to prison, even though Tommy just allowed his name and
   likeness to be used to promote the business founded and managed by his
   son, Paris.

   Winner of the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at the Aspen Film
   Festival, "A/K/A Tommy Chong" exposes the hypocrisy of the Bush
   administration's right wing assault on civil liberties and freedom of
   speech. It seems that Tommy Chong was sentenced to serve nine months
   in federal prison not for smoking dope or manufacturing pipes, but for
   making comedy films about such activities 20 years ago.

   Filmmaker Josh Gilbert will speak to the audience and answer questions
   about Chong's case and the production of the film. Also appearing will
   be Lynnette Shaw, the Libertarian Party candidate for Lt. Governor, as
   well as many Libertarian candidates for local office who will be on your
   June 6 Primary Ballot.

   See for more info.

   The Libertarian Party is on the front lines of social and political
   action to bring an end to the War on Drugs. This motion picture is a
   powerful experience so please join us in our efforts to restore the
   freedoms we've lost and to defend those few we still have left.