Walk Naked Singing
Walk Naked Singing is an inventive documentary filmed somewhere in the Ontario forest. The film follows the process of Wayne, Frank, and Gordie, over a summer, growing a commercial crop of 100% Canadian marijuana in gardens they call ‘rinks’. Wherever there is marijuana, there are authorities hunting it down and the film tracks the action of the police’s Marijuana Eradication Program. We also hear the story of Robert ‘Rosie’ Rowbotham, who holds the Canadian record for the longest time served in prison for pot, and the thoughts of Pat Crawley, a political activist and committed pot-smoker for some 30 years. Several people in the film are personal friends of the filmmaker. Walk Naked Singing is about time passing and disappointed idealism in a world gone corporate. In the straightest of times, freedom and joy might be running for cover but the longing to walk naked singing will live on. Walk Naked Singing was commissioned by TVOntario’s The View From Here. It premiered at Hot Docs! International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto in 2002. It was nominated for Best Director and Best Social Documentary at the Yorkton Festival in 2003. It was selected for the Yukon Film Festival in Whitehorse. It was broadcast several times on TVOntario, on the CBC summer series in 2004, on the Documentary Channel and on Spanish television.