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High There star leads Falun Gong protest parade in Santa Monica
HOLLYWOOD (October 18) The stars of the hit independent gonzo comedy film High There mixed promotion with human rights activism Saturday when their appearance at a 420 Games event in Santa Monica led to their high-profile involvement in a rally by hundreds of practitioners and supporters of the Falun Gong movement.
Directors Wayne Darwen and Henry Goren, in character as High There protagonists Dave High and Roland Jointz, were in Palisades Park at the 420 Games' 2.20 Mile March for the Weed for Warriors project (promoting cannabis-stoked athleticism and supporting wounded veterans) when they were enlisted by the Falun Gong activists to help bring attention to their cause.
The pair had joined 420 event organizers and sponsors including Magical Butter, Sensi medical marijuana edibles and Eaze medical marijuana delivery, posing with fans, signing autographs, stopping for interviews and giving out BRINKvision limited edition High There DVDs -- before being noticed by organizers of the Falun Gong rally and parade that ended in the same park.
Protesters in their distinctive yellow shirts literally pounced upon High and Jointz as they entered Palisades Park toward the 420 Games area. The documentary comedy stars, who'd helped free Hawaiian marijuana advocate Roger Christie from four years of federal imprisonment without charges (as documented in the film), were asked to bring attention to the inhumane persecution still taking place in China.
At one point, Dave High was convinced to lead a parade of hundreds of Falun Gong suporters in their distinctive yellow shirts and carrying flags, down Santa Monica Boulevard, across Ocean Acenue and into the park.
A reporter from the independent Chinese NTD television pulled him aside for an in-depth interview on his views on human rights, as well as the human rights issues brought up in the BRINKvision nonfiction gonzo comedy film.
"I, of course support human rights in all its forms,” Dave High told the reporter and the audience of NTD television audience across the globe. “High There is a film that reflects that. And I’m proud to be its champion."
Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) is a spiritial practice that combines meditation and quigong exercises. The size and beliefs of the Falun Gong movement was seen as a threat by the Chinese government, which has persecuted, imprisoned and tortured many practitioners.
High There has been very well-received by critics ("A perfect film"-- ABucket OfCorn.com) and is becoming a cult favorite on DVD and Video on Demand.
The Santa Monica event follows the High There team's much-publicized appearance at the Las Vegas Hempfest, where comedy legend Tommy Chong was seen to "pass the cannabis comedy torch" to Darwen.
Executive producer Sam Peters announced at the Hempfest that a sequel, Area 420, will begin principal photography in Las Vegas in late November.
High There is a Sam Peters International Productions Unlimited presentation of a Good Story Productions and Rat Lung Pictures production.
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