The Global Visions Film Festival premieres the highly anticipated documentary, The Culture High, on Wednesday, October 8th in Edmonton. Director Brett Harvey and Edmonton Producer Adam Scorgie reunite on this follow up of their hit documentary, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, to delve deeper into the controversial ‘War on Drugs’.
“I’ve been anxiously awaiting this follow-up film for years now, “says Global Visions Director Guy Lavallee, “and once I finally saw it, I have to say it surpassed even my highest expectations… Far more than a simple ‘pot doc’, the range of topics covered in this film is simply breathtaking.”
Producer Adam Scorgie recently completed the heart-wrenching documentary The Good Son, about former boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini. A follow up on The Union wasn’t in the plans, but supporters from around the world were persistent about another documentary. “Literally thousands of people were contacting us,” Scorgie explains. “Global drug policy is changing. We’ll never incarcerate our way out of the problem.”
So the team started a social media campaign and the response was overwhelming. The Culture High’s kickstarter campaign raised $240,000 and held the national record for the highest fan-supported project, until Corner Gas recently took the lead.
The documentary is similar to The Union in that prominent celebrities such as Wiz Khalifia, Sir Richard Branson and Canadian addiction specialist, Dr. Gabor Matte are featured, but this documentary probes further into policy, government corruption and the nature of addiction. “We’re currently charging [addicts] for having a mental disability and giving them a criminal record for harming themselves.”
For those who remember the striking example of medicinal use by Greg Cooper, a man suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, expect another hard-hitting case study. “The medical story gets people absolutely outraged and young children are being affected.
Guy Lavallee expects the film to entertain, but also challenge the audience. “It makes us question our own notions of where we think we stand on the side of these issues, and it does so brilliantly. The fact that this film also has a huge local connection makes me even more excited that Global Visions has the honour of presenting the official Alberta Premiere!”
The Culture High premieres at 7pm, Wednesday, October 8 at the Metro Cinema (8712-109 Street, Edmonton, AB). Advance tickets for the screening, Q&A, & Official After-Party are available now at www.Ticketfly.com or visit www.GlobalVisionsFestival.com.
The official after-party will be hosted by El Cortez Tequila Bar + Kitchen.