‘2012’: Thank you for toking

'Time for Change' docu screening abandons normalcy

The Gotham screening of the new documentary “2012: Time for Change” seemed like any other movie preem. Held Thursday at the SVA Theater, it started with a red carpet and ended with a panel and private party. But that’s where any sense of normalcy ended.

First, there was the bar in the theater’s lobby. Wine was ready to be served, but only if you gave $5 to a rainforest charity. Then there was the movie itself, which features director Joao Amorim as he follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck in his quest to interview everyone, including David Lynch and a Native American radio host. Oh, Pinchbeck also advocates psychedelic drugs. Getting a little stranger.

Finally, there was the panel’s first question, asked by none other than Sting. “Can you smoke it?” the rocker asked. While Sting meant the comment as a joke, he was sitting next to a man who held a massive bag of mushrooms and faced an audience of reporters including those from Celebstoner.com and High Times magazine.

The after party was held at producer Giancarlo Canavesio’s apartment in SoHo.

These things just didn’t happen at “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” –

— Lucas Shaw

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