EDMONTON — A documentary produced by an Edmonton man is one of 134 being considered for the 2015 Academy Awards.

Adam Scorgie’s film Culture High examines the marijuana laws around the world.

He previously made The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, which did the festival circuit in 2007 and then came out on DVD two years later.

As for funding the film, Scorgie and his team turned to Kickstarter and were surprised to see $240,000 pour in within 42 days.

The documentary has been well received since making its theatrical debut earlier this year in New York and Los Angeles.

Scorgie and the rest of his team will have to wait until December to see if they make the shortlist, which will include 15 of the 134 documentaries.

Scorgie says after his first documentary on the subject, he though he was done with the issue.

“We were receiving thousands of online messages and emails, `you have to do another one, and you have to look at all the new evidence and how so many countries have changed policy,’” he said. “So really, this one was demanded by the audience.”

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Jan. 15, 2015. The awards themselves will take place Feb. 22.

Whatever happens, Scorgie is just happy to have made it this far and hopes his film has an impact.

“It’s sparking conversation and sparking people to look at this in an alternate way. And that’s all we wanted to do: make a great film that inspired you to come to your own informed conclusion.”

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