Schedule1: a Documentary about Cancer and Cannabis

Schedule 1  is a documentary about the anti-tumor properties of Cannabis. Schedule 1 is also a film about my 4-year battle with ovarian cancer and my quest to survive this terminal disease. After 2 debulking (removing cancerous tissue) surgeries, 18 rounds of chemotherapy and a year of immunotherapy, conventional medicine does not have a cure for me.  I thought I was out of options, but then I found a plant, a plant banned around the world for 80 years, Cannabis, and it shrank my tumor! 42130320_1568858741986611_r.jpeg

Schedule 1  shares my journey into cannabinoid research and how this remarkable medicine may just save my life.  Join me as I dive into learning that every vertebrate animal, including humans, has an internal endocannabinoid system  that acts as the master regulator of other body systems.  Our own internal cannabioids, Anandamide and 2AG, and supplemental cannabinoids from the Cannabis plant affect this system.  There is robust and diverse pre-clinical data showing that the compounds in cannabis have enormous potential as anti-cancer drugs.  Since 1975, when the first scientific article identified the anti tumor properties in Cannabis , hundreds of pre-clinical trials show that Cannabis kills or slows cancer cells  in four distinct ways. The research shows amazing promise, but the biochemistry is incredibly complex. We need research. Research that can not happen in the U.S. if Cannabis is held captive in the Schedule 1 drug category.  As the recreational market has exploded it is especially tragic that serious medical patients, like myself, are getting left behind.  We need the DEA to get out of the way.  Stop vilifying.  Stop stonewalling.  Deschedule Cannabis  and let science figure this out.  My life depends on it.    


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This movie is about more than my story about managing my cancer, it is equally about adding my voice to jumpstart a dialogue surrounding cannabis and cancer and to push a path forward for desperately needed research.  Cannabis IS medicine.  End prohibition so Science can prove it!


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I understand if you’re skeptical: I was too.  All I ask is you approach my story with an open mind and heart and follow the data. Don’t let unfounded stigma, prejudices and falsehoods get in the way of the latest promising discoveries.  Cannabis is a very complex plant with over 500 compounds.  I think it is critical to acknowledge Cannabis is not just one thing.  With hundreds of compounds, it can be a recreational drug and a wellness supplement as well as holding cures for many diseases.   


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Here’s what my film is NOT about:
Schedule 1 is not about recreational cannabis
Schedule 1 is not about disparaging conventional cancer treatment
Schedule 1 doesn’t offer medical advice
Schedule 1 does not focus on cannabis for palliative care. 
Schedule 1 is not a cannabis story about vaping contaminants, regulations, taxes or recreational vs medical cannabis
Schedule 1 IS about the anti tumor effects of Cannabis.  
Schedule 1 is about the urgent need to allow science with Cannabis.  


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Schedule 1  film production progress to date: 25 hours of raw footage, filmed in 8 different locations over 19 days of filming COMPLETED 

12 May 2019 – Schedule 1 gets the green light with $10K seed funding from my cashed-out IRA. I hired Earth Media Labs of Santa Barbara California for film production

15 May – Filming began the day of my second de-bulking surgery

June 2019– 3rd series of chemotherapy commences (in progress through November 2019)

June – September 2019 – Interviews and B-roll filming

September 2019 – GoFundMe film trailer ready

September 23, 24 – Filming at CannMed Conference, Pasadena, CA

Mid-September 2019 – GoFundMe campaign launch

End of September 2019 – complete B-roll filming

Dec  2019 – Complete post-production

spring 2020 – Schedule 1 goes on the road – U.S. film festival circuit


Budget
I will use the donations to fund post production and editing of a 20 min film.  I will earmark $1,000 for film festivals entry fees and marketing.  But I think my story is greater than 20 minutes.  If our campaign breaks past our goal we have bigger plans.  An additional $3,000 would fund our travel and filming at CannMed Conference  in Pasadena, Ca.  An additional $5,000 would support a trip to D.C. to lobby for Cannabis reform bill.  If we really go big, $20,000 over our goal would support a trip to Israel where I can meet and film the researchers doing the cutting edge science at the Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Cannabinoid Research .  If we blast past our goal I will invest every dollar in making a longer, more complete and compelling film.   

Join me
I have a terminal cancer diagnosis.  I am out of traditional treatment options and likely have a year to live.  But compounds in an illegal plant are reducing my tumors.  How can I stay quiet when my government is actively ignoring and blocking science that can save my life.   I will go where ever I need to and we will film this journey.  Together we can change the world for an idea whose time has come.    

For any donation over $25 I will include the name of one person in the movie credits following the statement "We believe Cannabis is medicine.  End Prohibition so Science can prove it!"   Honor a loved one who lost their battle with cancer.  Honor a friend who is fighting now.  Recognise any patient who finds Cannabis healing.  The longer the list of names the greater the film's impact.  I will ask all donors in late winter, via a GoFundMe message to ask what name you would like honored in the film.  

with gratitude, 
Michelle and Bruce Kendall

Donations ()

  • Diane Colman 
    • $100 
    • 22 hrs
  • Daniel Richards 
    • $100 
    • 1 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 9 d
  • Mimi Dokken 
    • $300 
    • 10 d
  • Thea Howard 
    • $50 
    • 12 d
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Organizer

Bruce Kendall 
Organizer
Santa Barbara, CA
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