‘High Society’ to arrive at the Marijuana Film Festival
By Darrah Le Montre
Davies and Davies in High Society
LOS ANGELES, CA (Hollywood Today) 6/24/09 — It started with Cheech and Chong’s “Nice Dreams.” From there we graduated to new heights with “Dazed and Confused,” then covertly political but still bud-laden “Harold & Kumar.” The indie hit “High Society: A Pot Boiler” is the latest pot-com to smoke out the circuit. It’s official folks: stoner comedies are in.
Just ask actor Seth Rogen. Or look at entertainment like “Weeds,” “Hangover” “Clerks,” and director Judd Apatow’s wildly hilarious “Knocked Up,” which made him a super-hero and took any cynics (or lingering D.A.R.E. members) down. Even TIME Magazine couldn’t refute modern audience’s warm reception of the sometimes legal plant and its social status.
The venerable publication said, “Marijuana is more prominent, accepted, and profitable in movies” than ever.
While Disney and some others work to remove tobacco cigarettes from its presence in pictures, filmmakers keep sneaking reefer into movies like they were at an old Grateful Dead concert.
Even Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to legalize the dubage in California in order to tax it and help balance the budget.
“High Society” is no exception, with a coveted iTunes distribution deal, blazing reviews, and a smoking hot cast, it’s number one on Will Ferrell’s taste-making, tongue-in-cheek video website Funny or Die.
“High Society” will be showcased at the 4th Annual High Times World Marijuana Film Festival, Friday June 26th at 7pm at Marina Del Rey Hotel.
Screening alongside, “The Union,” “Cash Crop,” and “Strainhunters,” the film is vying for top prize – the coveted Golden Leaf Award.
“High Society” stars Erik Davies. Stephanie Ann Davies will introduce the film. The WMFF is hosted by Jack Horner. Doors open at 2pm. The Union @ 2:30 p.m., Cash Crop @ 4:15 p.m., High Society: A Pot Boiler @ 7:00 p.m., Strainhunters @ 8:45 p.m. Open to the public. Tickets available $25 all-day pass.
High Society will be available for download on iTunes in September 09. As part of their recent non-exclusive digital distribution deal with Indie Rights, a subsidiary of Nelson Madison Films, the film will soon be downloadable to buy for @$9.99 and available to rent for @$1.99. (The deliverable are sent to iTunes, the film is encoded and made available to the public. The process takes @45 days.) This deal will also utilize popular platforms like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Facebook, MySpace, etc. The distribution strategy is smart and aggressive.
About the Film:
HIGH SOCIETY: A Pot Boiler is a dialogue-driven, rapid-fire comedy about three contentious roommates, two hot chicks and an unwelcome guest. Over the course of a long evening, we encounter vicious one-upmanship, and poetically profane barrages to ‘impress’ the ladies, scathing character assassinations, and potty humor are all heightened amid innumerable bong-hits. Crafted in the rich ‘stoner tradition,’ the heroes and heroines struggle to retain their dignity and protect their innermost insecurities. The film stars a budding new cast of Erik Davies (ER, DON’T SHOOT THE PHARMACIST alongside Emmy Award-winner Ben Bailey); Peter Alton (LOLLILOVE with Jenna Fischer); Jeremiah Bitsui (FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS); featuring smoking hot Stephanie Ann Davies in her feature debut, Miller Daurey (DEAD SILENCE opposite Danny Aiello) and wickedly seductive musical performer Tiffany Michael (ONE ON ONE) as Svetlana.