Press Release: Gonzo film HIGH THERE named one of 2015's Top Ten Documentaries


Controversy as independent comedy is ranked higher than 2016 Academy Award® nominee, Amy

HOLLYWOOD (JANUARY 23) -- A major twist has been thrown into the 2016 Hollywood awards season as the independent nonfiction gonzo comedy film High There has been named one of the Top Ten Documentaries of 2015. 

The accolade comes from the respected independent movie review site, A Bucket of Corn, and has led to great controversy because High There, overlooked by the mainstream documentary community, has been ranked higher than other big-budget, ultra-hyped films, including Amy, the Amy Winehouse documentary that has been nominated for a 2016 Academy Award®. 

A Bucket of Corn’s founder and chief critic, Abraham Phillips, reviewed High There in July and called it “a perfect film.”

In naming High There to the Top Ten list, he writes on the site: "This year was really not that hard for A Bucket of Corn to choose their top 10 films of the year. There was some wonderful Oscar-worthy spectacular films to grace the cinema, but there were those few movies that never get the credit they deserve. That never get the push they deserve because they don't have high budgets or famous people, or the push of Hollywood or the glitz and glamour of the red carpet type persona... 

"To be a true movie reviewer, you have to adventure outside of just Hollywood cinema or the big budget set-up, for there are countless movies that never get the Hollywood push.” 

"We're delighted," the film's executive producer Sam Peters said today in Los Angeles. "High There has touched many people, and an honor like this will only lead others to seek it out." 

Added director and star Wayne Darwen: "We made the Bucket List! Nice!" 

High There is a Sam Peters International Productions Unlimited and Good Story Productions presentation of a Rat Lung picture. 

High There was directed by Wayne Darwen and Henry Goren, and was released on VOD and limited edition DVD by BRINKvision in June 2015. Winner of the 2015 People's Choice Award at the first annual Cannabis Film Festival in Humboldt County, California, the film is available for sale on limited edition DVD on every sales site from to, and On Demand on platforms including,,, and most recently, Google Play. 

Here are A Bucket of Corn’s Top Ten Documentaries of 2015: 

10. X-Rated: The Greatest Adult Movies of All Time 
9. Batkid Begins 
8. Rammstein in Amerika 
7. Unbranded 
6. Human 
5. Amy 
4. High There 
3. My Brother’s Bomber 
2. Racing Extinction 
1. Matthew Shepard is a Friend of Mine 

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CONTACT: Sam Peters 310.663.4061

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