FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
* Big week for nonfiction film in advance of official June 23rd release
* Storm over Darwen's rebuke of Robert Downey Jr.
HOLLYWOOD (MAY 22) -- Two of the world's most influential newspaper and online columnists, in two corners of the world, put the focus this week on High There director and star Wayne Darwen and his influence on today's pop culture.
Weeks before the nonfiction comedy film's official release on Richard Johnson of the New York Post's Page Six, and Mark Day of The Australian, wrote columns that were picked up by dozens of news organizations across the globe.
An international storm erupted Thursday after Johnson quoted Darwen's defense of independent filmmakers and journalists, in response to disparaging remarks by actor Robert Downey Jr.
As Johnson noted, Darwen was the model for Downey Jr.'s newsman character in the controversial film, Natural Born Killers.
Three days earlier in Sydney, Day wrote a personal reminiscence of Darwen in Australia's only national newspaper.
He noted that his former reporter has been "described as the new Hunter S. Thompson — the new king of gonzo journalism," and that High There, which "reignites a film genre made popular decades ago by the likes of Cheech and Chong... is being hailed as a minor masterpiece."
Both columnists highlighted the triumph by Darwen and his fellow director Henry Goren earlier this month at the Cannabis Film Festival in Humboldt County, California, where High There won the Viewers' Choice Award.
The BRINKvision DVD of High There is available as a pre-order on Amazon.com and other online sales sites.
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