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Grover T. (Tom) Crosslin lived for the cause of marijuana legalization. In 2001, he died for it. Crosslin, 46, the owner and operator of Rainbow Farm, an alternative campground and concert site in Newberg Township outside of Vandalia, Michigan was shot and killed on his property by an FBI agent in the afternoon of September 3, 2001. His long-time partner, Rolland Rohm, was shot and killed early morning Sept. 4 by Michigan State Police on the property. The shootings ended a stand-off that had begun on August 31.
Beginning in 1996, Tom Crosslin had sponsored marijuana reform rallies under a variety of names at Rainbow Farm. While he was a visible and outspoken proponent of reforming marijuana laws, the rallies caused few legal problems until 2001. Things began to unravel in May, when local law enforcement authorities, using as a pretext the traffic death of a youth who had attended the festival, swept down on the campground, arresting Crosslin and his friend Rollie Rohm, among others, and charging them with a variety of marijuana and firearms violations.
Though police emphasized the traffic death (which occurred the day after the youth was at the campground) in justifying the bust at the time, they later revealed that it came as the result of a two-year-long investigation of Crosslin's farm activities.
By mid-summer, the pressure on Crosslin and Rohm was mounting. Crosslin faced 20 years in prison on marijuana and weapons charges, and was out of jail on a $150,000 bail bond as the state was moving to seize Rainbow Farm under civil asset forfeiture proceedings. A local judge had issued an injunction barring Crosslin from holding any further marijuana-related gatherings at the campground. And in a move that must have elevated the pair's situation from intolerable to unbearable, Michigan child welfare authorities had taken Rohm's 12-year-old son, Robert, and placed him in foster care after the May raid.
Obviously distraught, Crosslin decided that the government was not going to get the benefit of his many years of labor creating the Rainbow Farm. Throughout Labor Day weekend, according to law enforcement accounts, Crosslin and Rohm systematically burned down the ten structures on their beloved farm, shot at and hit a news helicopter filming the fires, shot at and missed a police surveillance plane, and sprayed the woods bordering the 34-acre property with gunfire to keep police at bay. Other reports say that the two were merely firing into the air to hold police at bay and other people at the scene questioned whether the two had actually fired their guns at all, asserting that they were merely being carried around as a possible self-defense. In any case, the two men allegedly confronted law officers with raised weapons, each to be shot dead in turn.
None of this would have happened if the laws against marijuana were reformed, or if they had been left to have their peaceful gatherings, or if government officials had shown some respect and restraint in handling this volatile situation. But like pawns on a chessboard, the Drug Warriors had pushed Tom and Rollie into a checkmated position where they felt their only choice was liberty or death.
For an excellent video on Rainbow Farms, contact Band Wagon Video Productions, 574-848-5969 and ask for "Memories of Rainbow Farm." The conpany also has a video about one of the festivals held there, "Messages From Rainbow Farm."
The project is a joint effort in progress between Stanford, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. According to the project's abstract, via Stanford University:
We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video sequence (e.g., Youtube video). The source sequence is also a monocular video stream, captured live with a commodity webcam. Our goal is to animate the facial expressions of the target video by a source actor and re-render the manipulated output video in a photo-realistic fashion. To this end, we first address the under-constrained problem of facial identity recovery from monocular video by non-rigid model-based bundling. At run time, we track facial expressions of both source and target video using a dense photometric consistency measure. Reenactment is then achieved by fast and efficient deformation transfer between source and target. The mouth interior that best matches the re-targeted expression is retrieved from the target sequence and warped to produce an accurate fit. Finally, we convincingly re-render the synthesized target face on top of the corresponding video stream such that it seamlessly blends with the real-world illumination.We demonstrate our method in a live setup, where Youtube videos are reenacted in real time.