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Spotlight Premieres

Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja

Director: Billy Corben

World Premiere |  Documentary Feature |  USA |  2010 |  HDCAM |  96 MIN


In 1979, the US Customs Service reported that 87% of all domestic marijuana seizures were made in the South Florida area. Due to the region's 5,000 miles of coast and coastal waterways and close proximity to the Caribbean and Latin America, South Florida was a pot smuggler's paradise. In sharp contrast to the brazenly violent cocaine cowboys, Miamis marijuana smugglers were cooler, calmer, and for the most part, nonviolent. Square Grouper paints a vivid portrait of Miami's pot smuggling culture in the 1970s and 1980s through three of the city's most colorful stories.


Director: Billy Corben

Producer: Alfred Spellman, Billy Corben, Lindsey Snell

Screenwriter: Billy Corben

Cinematographer: Randy Valdes

Editor: Jorge Diaz

Music: DJ LeSpam

Director Bio


Florida native Billy Corben graduated from the University of Miami before founding the production company Rakontur with classmate Alfred Spellman. He directed the cult classics Cocaine Cowboys and Cocaine Cowboys 2 and The U for ESPN's 30 for 30 series. His latest, Square Grouper, explores Miami’s 1970s pot smuggling culture.


Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

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Print Source

Name: Arianne Ayers

Company: Magnolia Pictures


Phone: 310-312-2314

Address: 49 W. 27th Street, 7th Floor

City: New York

State: NY

Zip: 10001


Screening Time

Friday March 18



Vimeo Theater

501 East 4th St


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