On a snowy night in December 2013 Ricardo Baca was on his way to Denver International Airport when he got a text from Britta Erickson. Well known in town as festival director of the Denver Film Society, Erickson was reaching out to Baca in a different capacity — that of film producer. A veteran writer and editor at The Denver Post, the 36-year-old Baca had just been tapped by Editor Greg Moore and News Director Kevin Dale to become the paper’s marijuana editor.Colorado’s voters had spoken. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, recreational pot would be legal. Medical marijuana dispensaries had been in operation since 2010. It was a first for a major American media outlet: a weed editor. The nation was abuzz. CNN came a-callin’. As did international news outlets. Bill O’ Reilly weighed in. So did Nancy Grace. Baca was a guest on “The View.” In fact, when Baca and Erickson talked, he was headed to DIA for a flight to New York City. He was scheduled to appear on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” “All of us know where this leads,” the then anchor of truthiness declared. “A pot editor is just a gateway job to meth editor.” Weather intervened. He wound up taping the segment. When Erickson had a chance to speak with Baca, she shared with him her “aha” moment. She wanted him to be the lead character in a documentary. And, yes, if you’re wondering (Baca was), the best nonfiction films have them.Tonight, that documentary — which follows the first year of legalized pot in Colorado by following the first year of the Post’s pot editor — gets its close-up. Directed by Mitch Dickman, “Rolling Papers” has its world premiere at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The burgeoning film portion of the massive music and interactive festival is coming into its own right.If all goes as Erickson and the film’s crew of producers hope, you’ll get to see it in an arthouse sooner than later. When you do, don’t expect a puff piece. “Rolling Papers” is more than a snicker fest about cannabis. Although Dickman and cinematographer-editor Zack Armstrong have interspersed some clever moments worthy of appreciative giggles.But the making of “Rolling Papers” attests to other storylines, too. There’s the one about Erickson’s growth as a producer in her hometown. The one about Colorado’s documentary community continuing to add sinew and muscle to its body of … – Click Here To Visit Article Source