rakontur, the Miami-based media studio founded by Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman responsible for globally popular Cocaine Cowboys and The U, will host an after party on Friday, April 15 at Cafeina Wynwood Lounge (297 Northwest 23rd Street) celebrating the Miami premiere of Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja, the duo’s latest documentary examining the free-wheeling pot smuggling era of South Florida in the 1970s.

On the heels of the official premiere of Square Grouper at SxSW Film Festival, O Cinema will be hosting a series of screenings of the hit “pot doc” from Thursday, April 14 until Sunday, April 17. In honor of the Friday, April 15 screenings, which will be attended by not only Corben and Spellman, but also the film’s main subject Robert Platshorn, Cafeina will provide a taste of the duo’s projects with beverage specials including Mary Jane Mojitos, Hurricanes, Godmothers and Liquid Cocaine, beginning at 11:30pm. Even better, those who bring their ticket stub from O Cinema will receive a complimentary cocktail.

Named after the bales of marijuana that were often caught in the warm Florida coastal waters by unsuspecting fishermen, Square Grouper is a vivid portrait of South Florida’s pot smuggling culture in the 1970s. It focuses on three incredible stories from the era: the infamous Black Tuna Gang, a group of savvy smugglers led by Robert Platshorn, the longest serving marijuana prisoner in US History; the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church, whose members (including children) all smoked marijuana from morning till night, and ran a massive pot dealing operation out of Miami Beach’s exclusive Star Island; and Everglades City, a tiny fishing village 80 miles west of Miami with an brazenly outlaw history of smuggling, from endangered animals, to rum, to weed.

General admission to screenings of Square Grouper at O Cinema (90 NW 29th Street) is $10.50; $9.00 for students and seniors, and $7.50 for members. Tickets may be purchased at www.o-cinema.org or at the door.

Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 15 at 7:45 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 at 3:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 17 at 1:00 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.