Cast and Crew

Ron MannPhoto by Christopher Wahl

RON MANN - Director and Producer

Ron Mann has been a festival and critics favorite since his first feature Imagine the Sound (1981).

Mann’s exuberant films, whether on jazz, comics, rock ’n’ roll dance or marijuana are meticulously researched pop histories.

Selected Filmography:

  • 1981 - Imagine the Sound (Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp)
  • 1982 - Poetry in Motion (Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits)
  • 1988 - Comic Book Confidential (Robert Crumb, Art Speigelman)
  • 1991- Twist (Hank Ballard, Chubby Checker)
  • 1999 - Grass (Woody Harrelson, 60 Million Pot Smokers)
  • 2003 - Go Further (Woody Harrelson, Dave Matthews)

 

WOODY HARRELSONPhoto by Seth Kushner

WOODY HARRELSON - Actor and Activist

One of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, Academy Award nominated actor Woody Harrelson has long considered his work on behalf of the environment to be as important to him as his ever- burgeoning film career. In the summer of 2001, Harrelson created and took part in the SOL (Simple Organic Living) Tour, a spiritual and physical journey that had him and several other participants cycling from Seattle to Santa Barbara. Along the way, he stopped and spoke at college campuses, sharing his views on the importance of striking a balance between economic growth and ecological sanity. Film director Ron Mann’s road documentary GO FURTHER, which chronicles this journey, will be released nationwide in the Fall of 2004.

 

Long known as one of the country’s most vocal supporters of the environment, Harrelson generated international headlines when he planted hemp seeds in the state of Kentucky to challenge the states laws restricting the use of the plant that can be used as a valuable fuel, fiber and paper alternative. By actively challenging the state to differentiate between hemp and marijuana, he was arrested, tried and acquitted, while generating much national discussion about the issue.

He continues to work on animal rights issues, sustainability, and promoting healthy alternatives to the current cycle of consumer led environmental degradation. He has also long been a supporter in the fight to save Headwaters Forests – America’s last stand of unprotected old growth redwoods.

 

Harrelson also continues to act. He is one of a select group of actors that have triumphantly made the transition from the small screen to motion pictures. The actor first endeared himself to millions of viewers as a member of the ensemble cast of NBC’s long-running hit comedy, CHEERS. For his work as the affable bartender Woody Boyd, Harrelson won an Emmy in 1988 and was nominated four additional times during his eight-year run on the show.

 

Harrelson won Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Nominations as Best Actor for his critically-acclaimed portrayal of controversial magazine publisher Larry Flynt in Milos Forman's drama, THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT. Other films include PLAY IT TO THE BONE, THE THIN RED LINE, THE HI-LO COUNTY, ED TV, WAG THE DOG, WELCOME TO SARAJEVO, KINGPIN, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, INDECENT PROPOSAL and WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP.

 

Harrelson next stars opposite Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek in Brett Ratner’s AFTER THE SUNSET, due out November 12, 2004. He recently wrapped filming on director Mark Mylod's THE BIG WHITE, with Robin Williams and Holly Hunter, and Richard Linklater's A SCANNER DARKLY, with Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey, Jr. and Winona Ryder. He is currently filming THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE OHIO with Julianne Moore for director Jane Anderson.

 

In addition to film and television, Harrelson has made his mark in the world of theater as well. Beginning in 1999, Harrelson revived his commitment to return to the theatre by directing his own play, FURTHEST FROM THE SUN, at the Theatre de la Juene Lune in Minneapolis. He followed next with the Roundabout's Broadway revival of the N. Richard Nash play THE RAINMAKER in 2000, Sam Sheperd's THE LATE HENRY MOSS in 2001, John Kolvenbach's ON AN AVERAGE DAY opposite Kyle MacLachlan in London's West End in the fall of 2002, and in the summer of 2003 Harrelson directed the Toronto premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's THIS IS OUR YOUTH at the Berkeley Street Theatre.

 

Steve Clark

Steve Clark

A self proclaimed "Junk-Food Addict", Steve Clark works as a production assistant on the hit sitcom "Will & Grace" where he met Woody Harrelson who helped change his diet of cheeseburgers, fries and chocolate milkshakes. Steve is single, loves to dance and is always happy to meet available young women.

 

Joe Hickey

Joe Hickey

In 1994 hemp-activist Joe Hickey reactivated the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association whose mission is to educate the public on the benefits of hemp. With his friend Woody Harrelson, Joe founded the company Tierra Madre (or Mother Earth) to help develop a non-wood agricultural based pulp & paper mill and to start building a North American
hemp industry.

 

Tom Ballanco

Tom Ballanco

Berkeley based lawyer and activist Tom Ballanco supports environmental causes and defends environmental activists in federal courts.

 

Renee Loux Underkoffler

Renee Loux Underkoffler

Raw food chef Renee Loux Underkoffler co-founded the Raw Experience Restaurant in Paia, Maui in 1996. Renee also co-published "Living Cuisine: The Art and Spirit of Raw Foods" with Woody Harrelson.

 

Jessica Chung

Jessica Chung

Jessica Chung is a yoga and dance instructor based in Seattle, Washington.

 

Joe Louis

Joe Louis

Joe Lewis is a professional driver for film studios. Joe met Woody Harrelson during the filming of "White Men Can’t Jump".

 

Sonia Farrell

Sonia Farrell

The SOL tour manager, Sonia Farrell is often found "down the pub" running the pool table with a pint of Guinness in her hand, a cell phone to her ear and a pager on her hip.

 

Laura Louie

Laura Louie

Laura Louie manages the web site www.voiceyourself.com which connects people to sustainable living and organic products.

 

Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey

Author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" and cultural icon, Ken Kesey’s 1964 cross-country LSD-fueled bus trip with his Merry Pranksters was immortalized by Tom Wolfe in his book "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test". Ken passed away in November 2001.

 

Musicians

Bob Weir

Bob Weir

Guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir was a founding member of The Grateful Dead. Weir has continued performing as a solo artist and as a member of the groups Ratdog, The Other Ones, and recently The Dead.

 

Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant began her recording career as the lead vocalist and lyricist with the folk rock band 10,000 MANIACS, making six albums with the group before setting out on her own successful solo career.

 

Anthony Kiedis

Anthony Kiedis

As frontman for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis has inspired a generation of musicians with a fusion of punk and funk.

 

Michael Franti

Michael Franti

Activist and poet, Michael Franti was the founder of the Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy. In 1994 he formed the Hip-Hop group Spearhead, whose music speaks out for social progressive
causes.

 

Medeski, Martin and Wood

Medeski, Martin and Wood

Medeski, Martin and Wood

At home with both rock and jazz crossover audiences, the jam-based jazz group of Medeski, Martin and Wood have reenergized
the jazz scene.

 

String Cheese Incident

String Cheese Incident

Hailing from Colorado, String Cheese Incident have recorded 5 albums and have appeared in countless live performances. Their fan base continues to grow exponentially. String Cheese Incident have achieved jam band cult status with a U.S. following
of "Cheese Heads".