Nonfiction gonzo comedy film praised as "absurdly funny"
Director-star Wayne Darwen called "icon of his era"
High There set for June 23rd release on BRINKvision DVD and On Demand
HOLLYWOOD (MAY 29) -- Praise and publicity for the soon-to-be-released nonfiction comedy High There crossed hemispheres and continents this week, beginning with a controversial retraction by a septuagenarian newspaper columnist and culminating with a rave review calling the film "absurdly funny," with "newsworthy substance."
The latest critical thumbs-up in advance of the film's June 23rd release on BRINKvision DVD and On Demand came Thursday from The Anchorage Press in Anchorage, Alaska. Film critic Indra Arriaga called the film "absurdly funny," with "drama and conniving... front and center." She wrote that its focus on "a crackdown on the cannabis industry as well as the ongoing detention of Roger Christie who founded the THC Ministry... give High There newsworthy substance."
She concluded by stating that director/star Wayne Darwen "is an icon of his era."
The write-up in the 49th State came as High There was being cited in the 50th state as a counterpoint to Cameron Crowe's critically-panned film Aloha. After a civil rights group attacked Crowe's film for its alleged unfair racial representation of Hawaii, High There was shown on social media to present true diversity in and around the hippie enclave of Pahoa on the Big Island.
|Wendy & Mark Day|
Conspiracy theorists note that Day's unprecedented reversal came hours after Darwen was quoted in worldwide media criticizing Robert Downey Jr.'s disparaging comments about independent films. Mark Day is married to Wendy Day, a high-powered manager of Australian movie stars like Nicole Kidman-- Downey Jr.'s costar in the 2006 film Fur.
Anchorage Press review of High There
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