High There

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High There is a 2014 dark, nonfiction comedy film about a real-life, legendary but down-and-out tabloid television journalist 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 secret government war to control the marijuana trade. The film touches on the controversial federal prosecution of marijuana advocate Roger Christie and his THC Ministry. High There Movie Poster The film is directed by veteran tabloid journalist and television producer Wayne Darwen and videographer Henry Goren. The pair star in the film under the roles of Dave High and Roland Jointz, respectively. Darwen wrote the script. Darwen and Goren are credited as producers, along with award-winning television producer and documentary film director Burt Kearns.

A brief trailer that was posted on YouTube racked up more than 1.5 million views, while Darwen's appearance as Dave High on TheLipTV.com's Buzzsaw with Tyrel Ventura podcast shattered previous download records. Darwen has been cited as the inspiration for Robert Downey Jr.'s character Wayne Gale in Oliver Stone's film Natural Born Killers and has been called the "new" Hunter S. Thompson.

On 8 August 2014, High There was named an official selection of the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival. The festival in Monrovia, California hosted the premiere of the film on 25 August 2014.


  • Wayne Darwen
  • Henry Goren
  • E Girl
  • Alien Tom
  • Tony The Healer
  • Bala The Coconut Boy
  • LeAnn The Tile Lady
  • Mrs.Bates
  • Daryl
  • Andrea
  • Deep Shit
  • Surfer Dave
  • Hammerhead
  • Share Christie
  • Roseanne (uncredited)