the crew

featured people and locations

U.S. Interviews and filming locations: Alan Amsterdam, Anthony Brenner, Jennifer Brenner, David Bronner, Mike Bronner, Ben Droz, Anndrea Hermann, Karon Korp, John Lovell, Russ Martin, John Roulac, Eric Steenstra, Stephanie Teague; Asheville, NC, Greensboro, NC, California, Washington D.C.: Capitol Hemp, Hemp Industries Association, Hemp History Week, Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One, Nutiva, Vote Hemp; Silk Hope: NC:  Amy Brooks, Senator Ellie Kinnaird, Silk Hope Ruritan Club

Spain location Interviews and filming locations: Steve Allin, Tony Budden, Monica Brummer, Greg Flavell, Jorgen Hempel, Almudena Mateo-Sagasta; International Hemp Building Association, Granada, Cannabric, Almeria, Expocannabis

U.K. Hemp Industry Interviewees and filming locations: Henry Braham, Mike Duckett, Mike Giffin, Dr. Mike Lawrence, Kevin McCloud, Ian Pritchett, Andy Wood; Adnams Brewery Southwold, Braham & Murray/GOOD Oil, Braintree Hemp, London, Lime Technology U.K., Hemp Technology, University of Bath







Linda_B&W_SQ.Aug14Linda Booker: Producer/Director/Editor/Lead Interviewer              

Linda completed the Certificate in Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and founded By the Brook Productions, LLC in 2005. That year she completed “MILLWORKER: The Documentary,” a 40 min. film chronicling a unique grassroots theatre production. Her next documentary, “Love Lived on Death Row” (2007, 84 min) featured siblings finding forgiveness and restorative justice with their father sentenced to death for their mother’s murder and their public battle for his clemency. The documentary screened at the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, Indie Memphis, Cucalorus, Little Rock & New Orleans Film Festivals and has been used by many universities and groups for education. Both films were fiscally sponsored projects of the Southern Documentary Fund.

Linda has produced videos for NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Clean Jordan Lake, Girls Rock, Chatham County Together, NC Coalition for a Moratorium and The City of Durham. She created the ChathamArts Sustainable Cinema Series and “Shooting4Change,” a documentary workshop program for at-risk teens. Her past volunteerism includes youth mentoring, charity event coordination, board memberships and opening a thrift store benefiting Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Chatham County.

Before her documentary and video work, she was an art director for publications in Florida and North Carolina. She is a self-admitted travel junkie who loves pointing a lens at people, pets, oddities and architecture and is grateful for her bucolic life with her betrothed in North Carolina.


Blaire Johnson: Co-Director/ Cinematographer/Editor      

Blaire founded Green Hope Productions, LLC in 2009, offering documentary-style productions for groups and individuals working to create a healthier, greener, more sustainable world for us all, as well as Wedding Cinematography. Blaire’s short documentary,  “Mary’s Gone Wild”, on NC Visionary Folk Artist Mary Paulsen premiered at the 2006 Full Frame Festival, screened at the 2007 Cucalorus Film Festival, appeared on UNC-TV, and traveled to other festivals and screenings thorughout the US.  “Mary’s Gone Wild” was fiscally sponsored by the Southern Documentary Fund and received a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

Blaire is currently working as a Cinematographer on the upcoming PBS series based on Chef Vivian Howard and her award winning restaurant Chef & The Farmer, which is located in Kinston, NC. 

In recent years, Blaire filmed behind the scenes footage for Langley’s McArol’s “Superhero”, and produced two videos for Communities In Schools of Durham.  Blaire helped NC Pirate Horatio Sinbad complete a documentary 40-yrs in the making on the building of his 54-ft pirate ship, The Meka II.  She has been the lead Videographer on Rockefeller Foundation and Empowerment Project-funded documentaries.  In 2004, she received her Certificate in Documentary Studies from Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.  Originally from NYC, Blaire has spent the past 18 years in North Carolina.  


Mark Barroso: Sound/Camera/Field Producing                                                                                                

Mark is a 25-year veteran of television news.  Most of his work has been segments for national television news shows, including The Today Show, Dan Rather Reports, also all of the nightly news broadcasts. As a producer for an investigative unit for a local affiliate in Tampa, Florida, he won numerous awards from the AP, UPI, and RTNDA, as well as three state Emmy Awards.

As a soundman, his work included five days with the Rolling Stones for 60 Minutes, and an undercover investigation in Honduras, and a spectacular death scene in a fake hunting accident (ala Dick Cheney) for The Daily Show.  He is the recipient of the 2008 Linda Ironside Award for filmmaking.

In 2009 Mark shot, wrote, directed and edited “A Puppet Intervention”, his first feature documentary film about theatrical, radical puppeteers Paperhand Puppet Intervention.  His production company based in Chapel Hill is called Fork in the Road Films.

Phillip Powell: Animation/Graphics


Phillip is an After Effects artist and a self-professed techno geek who knows his way around a red camera and workflow. As a director that loves the creative process, he’s also been producing and directing commercials and corporate videos for over 15 years.

Philip works as a director and comedy writer for Leading Edge Video. Well,  mostly he just pretends to work for them. Spending most of his days Googling his name or pontificating on topics he has no knowledge of.

A few of the companies Philip has duped into believing he is genuinely talented include NBC, The Sci-Fi Channel, PBS, Comedy Central, HGTV and most recently By the Brook Films.

Philip’s comedy shorts have gained notice and praise from Kevin Spacey, Danny Devito and Mark Burnett and the Pope. (OK…I lied about the Pope, but the rest is true). Philip still harbors the delusion that he will one day be a famous filmmaker.  Please nod politely whenever he speaks of it. His many hobbies include, Snipe hunting, blindfolded darts and belittling others. Philip lives in High Point, North Carolina with one wife and three cats.


Paige Johnson: Research/Writing/Fundraising/Outreach


Paige Johnson has been a documentary film enthusiast for a number of years and has worked as an interviewer, researcher and marketing assistant for Green Hope Productions since its inception.  She received a BS in Biology from Duke University and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

Paige has been an invaluable member of the team since the beginning, assisting with: research, transcribing, writing, outreach, marketing, outreach and fundraising events.



Gabe DePaz: music/score:


Gabriel de Paz is an up and coming independent artist/composer inspired by flamenco, spanish classical and indie rock. He’s involved with a non-profit record label, Scarcely Music, releasing some of his music by spring of 2013., for other inquiries


Additional Music: Birds and Arrows –; Breadfoot –

Additional Camera: David Foots, Drew Isen, Bob Kelley, Chris Zirkle; John Lovell interview: Bobkat Productions, Chelsea Nilson

Photography: Linda Booker, Derek Olson, Anndrea Hermann, Richard Monkhouse

Archive images/stock footage: John Dvorak /; Videoblocks

Transcribing: Paige Johnson, Kendy Madden, Steve Smith, Kevin Ye

Outreach/Fundraising Assistance: Paige Johnson, Chris Bouton, Amy Brooks, Samantha Goldman, Christine Volgyesi  





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