Gold World Medal for The Downside of High
We are so honoured that The Downside of High has won a Gold World Medal in the Health/Medical documentary category at the 2011 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards.
“It took a lot of courage for the young people we profiled in the documentary to go public with their history of mental illness, and particularly to connect it to marijuana use. So it’s very gratifying to see the documentary they made possible get this kind of prestigious recognition,” says producer Sue Ridout.
The New York Festivals Awards have been around for 54 years, but this is a special year: it’s the first time a lifetime achievement award will be handed out (to the legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles). It feels particularly meaningful to get a Gold World Medal at the 2011 Festivals.
The Downside of High was directed and written by Bruce Mohun, story-produced by Maureen Palmer, produced by Sue Ridout. Director of photography John Collins, editor Tim Wanlin, music composer Tim McCauley.
November 6, 2011 at 8:21 am
Your documentary was amazing and I have shared it on many forums. All parents and highschool teachers should make a point of seeing this. As a parent dealing with schizophrenia, this documentary opened eyes and doors and enabled me to keep on going. Thanks and kudos to the young people in the film.
November 8, 2011 at 10:45 am
Thanks Jocelyn, we’re so glad the documentary is helpful. It was very brave of the young people in the film to go public with their stories, and as a result of their courage the film is now used in schools and community organizations around North America.