HOLLYWOOD CA (PRWEB) May 06, 2015
HIGH THERE, the nonfiction comedy film directed by and starring "gonzo" television pioneer Wayne Darwen, will be released on DVD and On Demand across North America by BRINKvision on June 23rd.
The distribution deal was announced this weekend by producer Burt Kearns, after the film won the prestigious Viewers' Choice Award at the first annual Cannabis Film Festival in Garberville, California (in Humboldt County, the heart of the marijuana culture).
High There is a dark nonfiction comedy following Darwen in the guise of journalist-producer "Dave High," who heads to Hawaii to film a marijuana travel series, only to become lost in a fog of drugs, sex and paranoia as he uncovers a government plot to control the marijuana trade.
It was directed by Darwen and cinematographer Henry Goren,
Darwen is a veteran tabloid journalist and television producer who was the inspiration for Robert Downey Jr.'s character in "Natural Born Killers," has been compared to Hunter S. Thompson and is credited as a godfather of both tabloid television and "gonzo producing."
"Wayne Darwen was one of the first old school journos to make the transition from alcohol to weed," Kearns said Saturday. "It may not have helped his career, but as with Hunter S. Thompson and Willie Nelson, it unleashed new lines of creativity that led to the unique participatory journalism, raw honesty and wild flights we see in High There."
High There is produced by Sam Peters International Productions Unlimited, Good Story Productions and Rat Lung Pictures.
BRINKvision is known as "the last real independent film distribution company." Founded in 2001 by indie film pioneer Danny Vinik, it carries a diverse catalog of titles spanning a wide valley of genres and themes, from punk rock docs to critically acclaimed dramas to micro-budget features to blood-curdling horror films.
Added Kearns: "BRINKvision is the perfect match for High There. They support the avant garde and the rebels. And they recognize that High There is unlike anything seen before."
The High There team is is already in pre-production on a sequel, Area 420, which brings UFOs into the mix, while developing a reality television series featuring Darwen, “a real-life journo who's a combination of Hunter S. Thompson, Geraldo Rivera and Crocodile Dundee."