EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the fun first trailer for weed-growing nun documentary Breaking Habits, which is getting its first market screening in Cannes for UK sales outfit Film Constellation. Buyers are already high on the docu, which has sold in multiple territories.
Rob Ryan’s film, about a Californian sorority of a different kind, follows Christine Meeusen, a corporate exec-turned-cannabis-farmer who found her calling in medicinal marijuana. It tells how Meeusen, betrayed by a bigamist husband after 17 years, fled penniless with her three young children and discovered the lucrative business of cannabis farming. She adopted the persona of a nun called Sister Kate and founded Sisters of the Valley, a business that makes and sells medicinal cannabis products.
However, Meeusen’s firm, which broke big on social commerce site Etsy, has faced a number of challenges over the years including run-ins with the county sheriff and black-market thieves playing a role as well as threats from local drug cartels and the California state Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation.
Sisters Kate and Claire are in Cannes to meet with buyers as Film Constellation’s world sales effort continue. The film will be ready for release later in 2018.
Producers are Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter’s Salon Pictures. The doc was written and directed by Ryan, who previously directed feature-length BBC Two doc Sprint, about five sprinters on their journey to the Beijing and London Olympic games. Ian Berg and Christopher J Reynolds are exec producers.
Check out the trailer above.