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Civilization may come and go, societies may rise and fall, but one common thread which has bound together human beings since the mists of antiquity is our love for cannabis. A new short film, available for the first time online, explores one possible future in that regard.

The Lotus Gun, an official selection of the Cannabus Culture Film Festival and the NYC Cannabis Film Festival, premiered online on Tuesday, August 9.

In the 25-minute short’s post-civilization landscape, two things are rare and valuable: guns and women. Nora and Daphine live an idyllic life growing cannabis in a makeshift home, but they face an unforeseen threat when they come into contact with a strange runaway from a misogynistic drug cult.

The Lotus Gun was directed by Amanda Milius, daughter of John Milius, who wrote Apocalypse Now and wrote and directed the original Red Dawn. Amanda, who honors her father’s proud legacy with this post-apocalyptic western, is a big fan of cannabis culture, and her love for the herb shines through in the gorgeously shot footage.

The film was a finalist for the CINE Golden Eagle Award, and features a principal cast of Lauren Avery, Dasha Nekrassova, Austin MacKinnon, and John Winscher.

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“The Lotus Gun” director Amanda Milius

Director Milius was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of director/screenwriter John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Jeremiah Johnson, Dirty Harry, Big Wednesday) and actress Celia Kaye.

Amanda attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program in film and television production.

During her time at USC, Amanda’s films focused on the psychology of four unique female lead characters in harsh environments and situations.

The Lotus Gun is her thesis film, and was accepted at several international film festivals and was named as a Cine Golden Eagle Award 2015 Finalist.


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